Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
If a wall-hung TV is on your wishlist, having the right TV fixings will be essential. Fixed, tilting, swiveling and of various sizes and types, flat screen TV fixings make for a comfortable TV viewing experience. Usually supplied with corresponding fixing plugs, TV fixings are generally easy to install.
- Important factors
- Types of TV fixings
- Type of wall
3 important factors for choosing your TV fixings
1. Determine the TV's weight and the wall material in order to define what type of TV fixing is required.
2. Decide if the TV will need to be manipulated and select from a fixed, swivel and / or tilt mount, depending on your needs.
3. Consider the TV's dimensions so you can purchase a corresponding frame.
Different types of TV fixings
Fixed TV bracket
By far the simplest and most economical fixing, this accessory is designed to be easy to install. At its back, it is equipped with a fixing plate, which is attached to the wall, and multiple hooks for affixing the television set. This type of TV fixing is often appreciated for its compact design. That being said, selecting the right spot for this product is crucial, as the screen will forever be oriented in that direction.
TV bracket with rail
What looks like a large grate holding up the flat screen on the wall is actually a type of TV bracket that significantly reduces the gap between the screen and the wall. Although it occupies a larger area of the wall's surface, the rails allow the weight to be distributed more evenly, making it possible to use on plasterboard. Depending on the specific configuration, this type of fixing may or may nor be capable of tilting.
Swivel and tilt TV bracket
This TV fixing is able to tilt and rotate the television set to suit any desired viewing angle, using its pivoting arm. Swivel and til wall mounting plates can have various surface areas, with its arm being of variable lengths. This type of support is generally compatible with all TV brands.
Primary features of TV fixings
To choose the most suitable fixing for your configuration, be sure to check:
- The compatibility between the fixing frame and the television screen. For an easy guide, the VESA measurement indicates both the vertical and horizontal distance between the four holes located at the back of the screen.
- Thesize, expressed in either inches or cm. The screen's size must be adapted to the frame's dimensions;
- The TV's weight, as the select TV fixing will need to be able to support the screen's weight;
- The gap between the wall and the screen to avoid unnecessary clutter.
Some TV fixings feature shelves to be able to install a receiving device such as a satellite receiver, or a digital decoder, among other things. The pre-cut frame is designed to facilitate the required connections (coaxial cable, satellite cable) that connect the TV to the receiving device (antenna or parabola).
Choosing a TV fixing according to your wall
The determining factor in choosing the right TV fixing is the wall plate's surface area, compared to the TV's weight.
For hollow materials like bricks or plasterboard, a wide wall mounting plate must be used to hold the TV. This spaces out the weight distribution to avoid deteriorating the material. The maximum weight for plasterboard (30 kg) requires a minimum spacing of 40 cm.
Solid materials have no constraints, they can therefore accomodate any type of TV fixing.
Whatever the material, it is imperative to choose the right fixing method (molly plugs, chemical anchors, wall plugs) and be certain of the TV fixing's placement and its maximum alloted weight. The installation itself is simple but will involve drilling the wall at different points, which implies having the right drill and the corresponding drill bits for the specific surface.
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Guide written by:
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