How Do I Choose a TV Wall Mount?

Choosing the right TV mount can seem overwhelming, especially with so many options in the market, but it isn’t as complicated as it seems. We are here to guide you through the process of choosing the right TV mount that best suits your preferences and your space. First, let’s start with some details that need to be considered right away:

  1. Where the TV will be mounted
  2. What viewing angle is ideal
  3. Whether or not the TV needs to be able to move

These details will help you decide between the three basic types of TV wall mounts, which are fixed, tilting, and full-motion. The size of your TV and its bolting patterns on the back (VESA) will determine if you need a small, medium, or large, heavy-duty TV wall mount.

Fixed TV wall mounts perform exactly how you would expect; they hold TVs in a fixed, secure position and do not move in any direction. The biggest draw to these types of TV mounts are that most of them are considered low profile, designed to position your TV close to the wall for a clean, picture frame look. In addition to small, medium, and large options, there are fixed TV mounts that include a quick-release feature. Some even have a place for a padlock to provide additional security in public places.

Tilting TV wall mounts, like fixed mounts, also perform how you would expect. Tilting mounts are designed so a TV can be positioned high on a wall and tilted down to reduce glare and provide a more comfortable viewing position. Usually, the ideal position for a TV is at eye level, which can be very low on the wall in most family rooms. A tilting mount installed higher on the wall duplicates the experience of eye level viewing, while keeping the TV out of the reach of animals or small children that could possibly damage the screen.

Full-motion TV wall mounts are a little more varied, and come in a range of options. A full-motion mount allows the TV to be fixed in place, tilted, swiveled, or extended to create a variety of viewing experiences. There are some options to consider, depending on the considerations listed above. A TV that needs to be mounted in a corner and high on the wall requires a mount that can swivel from side-to-side or tilt up and down. A large, heavy TV might require a full-motion mount with two arms instead of one, for a sturdier hold. A TV or touchscreen display that needs to be moved frequently should be supported by a TV wall mount with a gas spring arm so movements are smooth and easy.

One more category of TV wall mounts to consider for special use cases is commonly referred to as specialty mounts. Within specialty TV mounts, the main concepts still apply, including fixed, tilting, full-motion, and small, medium, and large, but the designs can be very specific. There are ceiling mounts, under cabinet mounts, fireplace mounts, corner mounts with two wall plates, truss mounts for on-stage use, and even TV mobile carts and stands.

With a better understanding of the basic types and features of TV wall mounts, answering the question of how to choose the right TV mount is less daunting. It’s as simple as understanding the position the TV needs to be in, how large the TV is, and whether or not any special use cases should be considered. The final decision about what TV wall mount to buy should be made with quality in mind. Choosing a high-quality mount at a reasonable value from a well-known brand instead of buying based on price, alone, is a safer way to protect your TV investment.

Since 2006, Mount-It! has provided high-strength, steel TV wall mounts at value pricing. Customers can always contact the company’s US based support team for additional help or advice.