TV technology these days is incredibly exciting, and TV fans have been rushing out in droves to buy the latest LCD, HD and even 3D TVs. Inevitably, however, prices for these super-advanced, top of the range TVs have been rising, and a TV set is often now considered to be as much of an investment as a family car.
If you have recently bought the very latest LCD TV, you should be aware that your investment could be at risk unless you have wall-mounted your new purchase with the help of LCD TV wall brackets. Flat-screens were virtually designed to be mounted on the wall, offering clear, cinema-style viewing at exactly the right height.
If you place your flat screen LCD TV on a TV stand, table or in an old-fashioned TV cabinet, you are not only missing out on getting the best from your state-of-the-art TV; you are also risking it getting damaged. Children and pets can damage the TV without meaning to, as they run around and play games, possibly involving toys with sharp edges.
So, if you don’t want your eye-wateringly expensive new purchase to be scratched, knocked over or otherwise damaged, make sure you mount it using LCD TV brackets.
If you are planning to wall-mount your LCD TV by yourself, you will need a few crucial tools and importantly, a good idea of the steps you need to follow in order to complete the job. A little DIY experience also helps.
The first two steps to follow were covered in part one of this guide:
1. Gather tools
2. Fit the TV part of the bracket to the TV
Now let’s look at the remaining three steps:
3. Fit the wall bracket to the wall. Use the centre of the bracket as a rough guide as to where the middle of the TV screen will be, and choose the ideal height for the bracket to be fitted using some careful measurements and the help of a spirit level. Holding the bracket against the wall, mark with a pencil where the screws will go, then securely screw the bracket into the wall using your power drill.
4. Lift the TV carefully onto the bracket. It is very important that you seek the assistance of a second person with this part, even if you think you can handle the job yourself. It can be very difficult to manoeuvre a heavy TV into place and hook the TV bracket onto the wall bracket.
5. Once you are happy that you have followed all steps and all manufacturers/installation instructions, and that the TV is securely mounted on the wall, you can then sit back and start enjoying your brand new, wall-mounted LCD TV.
If you’ve just brought a new LCD TV home and are planning to mount it yourself using TV wall brackets, you will need to know the basic steps to follow.
This guide, designed for people who are installing flat mount TV brackets or ultra slim TV wall brackets, should prove to be a big help. However, you should consider seeking the help of a professional if any of the following applies to you:
• Your TV is excessively large, wide or heavy
• Your home has hollow or dry-lined walls
• Precise placement is very important to you
• You are planning to use cantilever TV brackets or any other kind of tilt, turn or swivel TV brackets
Now, onto the installation of your new LCD TV on standard TV brackets. Follow these steps (continued in part two of this guide):
1. Gather all tools you may need, including power drill, spirit level, tape measure etc. Unpack both the TV bracket and the LCD TV from their respective packaging
2. Fit the TV part of the bracket to the TV. Lay the TV face down on a soft, non-abrasive surface and match up the screw holes on the back of the TV with the bracket (this should work provided you have bought a compatible TV bracket). Fit in the screws, securing the bracket to the back of the TV. If you have a choice of screw positions, choose the ones that will place the bracket closest to the centre of the TV.
Swivelling and tilting TV brackets have many names. They are commonly known as cantilever TV brackets, but you can also find varieties that simply tilt, or that offer full motion (known as full motion TV brackets).
These flexible, adjustable types of TV brackets are used where a standard flat mount installation will not be suitable. Examples include airport departure lounges, train stations and doctor’s waiting rooms where the TV is mounted near the top of the room (or on the ceiling) but the screen needs to be tilted down or at an angle so that everyone in the room can comfortably see it.
This tilt and swivel function can be very useful in homes too, especially if you have limited wall space available (i.e. in kitchens) or you add a TV into a room such as a spare bedroom as an afterthought.
Tilt and swivel TV brackets allow you to tilt the screen up or down, and rotate or swing it around to an angle of 180˚ to the left or right. This makes them much more flexible than flat-mount TV brackets, but you should also remember that they make the TV project from the wall more than standard brackets.
Lots of people choose to install their TV brackets themselves, and indeed, they are designed to be easy to fit. All you need is a little DIY experience, the right tools and maybe an extra pair of hands to help you lift the TV onto the bracket at the end of it all.
Before you even buy your TV bracket, however, you need to carefully check that it will be compatible with the make and model of TV you own. You also need to check the VESA specifications on the back of the TV or in the TV’s instruction manual, as well as the weight-bearing capacity of the TV bracket.
Now we come to what tools you will need to install your TV bracket yourself. Make sure to round up the following before you start the installation process:
• Tape measure
• Screw driver
• Power drill
• Stud finder (if you have that type of wall)
• Pencil (to mark the right height for installation)
• Spirit level
Everything else you will need should be included with the TV bracket itself. You should contact the bracket manufacturer or supplier if anything is missing or you need any more help.
If you are researching TV brackets ahead of using them in your own home, you are likely to have read a considerable amount about how useful and functional they can be. This is true, as TV brackets offer you an easy and convenient way to mount even the largest TV sets securely on the wall, but these handy TV accessories also have a few aesthetic benefits.
Redecorating even just one room in your home can be a time-consuming and challenging task, which is why at the end of it all, the finishing touches seem to matter a great deal. TV wall brackets can be considered one of the most vital finishing touches, as they give you a TV and home entertainment setup to match the style or decor of the room.
No professionally finished room that has been decorated in a contemporary style would be complete without a wall-mounted flat screen TV. Large, bulky TVs placed on stands or in cabinets look horribly outdated, and can ruin the modern look of your newly redecorated room. Super flat screen LCD TVs mounted on the wall using ultra slim TV brackets, on the other hand, is a look particularly well suited to modern minimalist decor, a style that is all the rage in living rooms these days.
Standard TV wall brackets are widely used for installing TVs in homes, but they aren’t suitable for everyone. Some people want a more flexible solution for small rooms or cramped spaces, where standard TV brackets may not be suitable.
If you have specific needs when it comes to mounting your TV, the solution is to use cantilever TV wall brackets. These brackets allow you to mount your TV in the corner of a room, at a height or in what may be considered an ‘awkward’ position. As these brackets allow flexible movements and adjustments to the angle of the screen, there will be no drop in the quality or comfort of viewing, and the screen can still be clearly visible from all parts of the room.
If you take the example of a large cantilever TV bracket, one that is capable of supporting 60kg in TV weight (30 -36 inch screens), you can see that it offers the following features:
• 180˚ rotation/swing
• 15˚ tilt, up or down
• Secure locking feature, so you can adjust to your preferred position and lock the TV there
• Distance from the wall – between 11cm – 43 cm depending how you adjust the TV.
A home entertainment system is something that many people would love in their homes. Such a set-up allows you to enjoy all of your favourite films, TV shows and sports matches on a wide screen, in High Definition and with the very best quality sound – all from the comfort of your living room.
However, setting up a home entertainment system isn’t simply a matter of buying all the equipment and putting it in your living room. You need to do a little planning, and these tips should help:
• Start with the TV. This is the heart of the home entertainment system, so you need to make sure you get the best quality flat screen you can afford.
• Mount the TV using TV wall brackets. It’s no use having the best TV money can buy if it is not properly and safely positioned. Make use of TV wall brackets to install your TV in the centre of the system, making sure it is mounted on an even, clutter-free wall at the right height to give you a comfortable viewing position.
• Get all of your other devices, including DVD and Blu-ray players and games consoles
• Don’t forget about sound. Seek some professional advice or look online for how to wire your living room up for surround sound, and make sure you use great quality speakers
• Hook everything up using the right HDMI and other cables
Now you’re ready to enjoy watching premium quality TV, films and sports with your friends and family!
If you’ve never used TV brackets before for mounting your TV on the wall, you’re bound to have a lot of questions. One of the most common queries made by people buying TV brackets for the first time is whether they can be used on any make or model of TV.
The answer to this question is that TV brackets can be used with any TV, but you need to be very careful to buy a bracket that is compatible with your particular make and model. TV brackets all have different weight-bearing capacities, meaning they can support even very heavy or wide-screen models.
It is important to check the size and weight capacity of the bracket before trying to mount your TV on the wall. Fail to do this and you may find your TV is not as securely held as you would like, which could result in injury, or damage to the TV and other property.
Some types of TV are better suited to particular types of TV bracket, however. A prime example of this is ultra-slim flat screen LCD TVs, for which the only proper mounting solution is ultra-slim TV brackets.
An increasing number of people these days are choosing to mount their TV sets on the wall using TV brackets, rather than placing them on TV stands or in TV/video cabinets.
However, another very common use of TV brackets is in commercial premises and public places. Once you start looking for TV brackets in the places you visit regularly, you’ll be surprised at how often they are used.
Where are TV brackets used?
You can often find TV brackets used to mount TVs in public transport hubs such as airport departure lounges, train and bus stations, and even on some bus stops. Using cantilever or ceiling TV brackets, screens can be suspended above waiting areas so that as many people as possible can check the screen for timetables, important announcements and other travel information. Having the TV installed far above the ground, there is also less risk that the TV will be damaged, vandalised or stolen.
You can also find TV brackets used to mount TVs in:
• The waiting rooms of dental surgeries, health centres and doctors clinics
• Exhibitions, presentations, public consultations and conferences
• Business reception areas
• Product demonstrations and adverts in shops
• Pubs and bars where sports matches are shown on TV