Recommended TV Mounts

Recommended TV Mounts

The most common question I get from homeowners about mounting a TV to the wall is “What TV mount should I buy”.  In this blog, I hope to answer that question.  As an added bonus, I’ll probably save you some money!

If you are looking for information pertaining to the best place to mount your TV, or how to conceal the wires, please visit my TV Installation  webpage.

Mounting Hole Patterns

The first thing to look for on your TV is whether or not the hole patterns follow the compatibility standard set by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA).  The VESA standard is a set of guidelines that TV manufactures use to set the distance between the mounting holes in the back of your TV.  

To find out if your TV’s mounting holes follow the VESA guidelines, you can do a quick Google search for your TV make and model.  If you purchased your TV in the last 3 years or so, chances are it follows the VESA standard. 

If your TV follows the VESA standard, then the following TV mounts will work just fine for you.  

Types of TV Mounts

There are many different types of TV mounts available on the market today, but for the average homeowner, a flush mount or articulating mount will probably serve you just fine.  The good news is, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on either of these.

Fixed Mounts

There are several different fixed mounts available on the market, but I do not use or recommend them.  Fix mounts do not allow the TV to be tilted, which makes plugging the cables very difficult once the TV is mounted.

 

Tilt TV Mounts

Tilt TV mount - Taylored Home Solutionslutions

The most common type of TV mount I install is the tilt mount.  I recommend the Cheetah APTMM2B TV Wall Mount.

This mount sells for about $25 dollars on Amazon.  At this writing, it has 12,179 customer reviews and has a 4.5 star ratting.  Some of the features on this mount include:

  • Accommodates TVs ranging from 20 to 75 inches in size.
  • Supports up to 165 pounds (when installed correctly).
  • Will accommodate up to 600 x 400 VESA.
  • TV will be 1.5 inches away from the wall.
  • TV can be tilted down about 3 degrees.
  • 10-foot HDMI cable included.
  • All mounting hardware included.

Since the TV will be about 1.5 inches away from the wall, you do need to consider where plugs and cords will be located.  This is especially true if you already have a non-recessed plug behind the TV.  You can read my blog about wire management (coming soon) to see how I solve this problem.

 

Articulating TV Mounts

Articulating TV Mount - Taylored Home Solutions

Articulating mounts are great if you need to change the viewing angle of your TV.  This is a great option if your TV needs to be angled to provide the best viewing angle.  For most applications, I recommend the Mounting Dream MD2377 Wall Mount.  This mount sells for about $27 dollars on Amazon.  At this writing, it has 780 customer reviews and has a 5 star ratting.  Some of the features on this mount include:

  • Accommodates TVs ranging from 26 to 55 inches in size.
  • Supports up to 66 pounds (when installed correctly).
  • Will accommodate up to 400 x 400 VESA.
  • TV will be 3 inches away from the wall when retracted.
  • TV can be extended up to 15 inches away from wall.
  • Can be tilted 5 degrees up and 15 degrees down.
  • TV can be swiveled up to 90 degrees (depends on the size of your TV).
  • 6-foot HDMI cable included.
  • All mounting hardware included.

If you have a TV that is larger than about 30 inches across, you will not be able to swivel it the full 90 degrees.  Because the mount only extends 15 inches, the size of your TV will determine how much swivel you will be able to achieve.

If you have a large TV (greater than 55 inches) and you need to maximize your swivel, you will need a mount that extends even further.  These types of mounts starts approaching the $100 mark.  If you need an articulating mount that extend past 15 inches, it is likely you have a non-typical installation.  In these cases, I like to visit the home and talk with the homeowner before I recommend a mount.  This insures the homeowner gets exactly what they need.

Cord Management

In all cases, your TV will need to be plugged into an outlet and some audio/visual cables will need to be plugged into your TV.  Whether you decided to use a flush mount or articulating mount, consideration should be given to how you want to manage these cords.  There are several options for hiding the cords that I will go over in my next blog.

Also, if you do decide to use an articulating mount, keep in mind you will need to have enough cord to allow the TV to fully extend.

I hope this article will save you some money and help you understand more about the types of TV mounts available on the market today.  If you live in the Memorial area of Houston, TX and are looking for a qualified professional to mount your TV for you, or just have questions about mounting your TV, please feel free to call me.

I primarily provide handyman services to zip codes 77079, 77077, and 77024, but am willing to travel to other portions of Houston, Texas.  Feel free to call me to discuss the details of your project.

Have a great day!

Adam Taylor
827-827-2614

(images downloaded from Amazon)

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