Flat Screen TV Mounting

Flat Screen TV Wall Mounting/Installation – Houston, TX

If you live in the Memorial area of Houston, Texas and are looking for a qualified professional that provides quality TV wall mounting and installation services, look no further.  I can mount your TV to just about any surface including drywall (Sheetrock), brick, wood, and even cement.

When it comes to mounting your TV to the wall, there are many factors to be considered.  But the most common question I get is “what TV mount do I need”.  To answer this question, I wrote a blog about recommend TV mounts.  Most people don’t realize that a $25 mount from Amazon is probably all they need.

Other factors to consider are:

How big is your TV?

When shopping for a TV mount (see below), you will need to know the screen size and weight of the TV.  In reality, weight isn’t really an issue in the newer TVs, but it’s still a good idea to know just to be sure your new mount will support the weight.

If you plan to mount the TV into a recessed location, you should also know the exact dimensions of the TV.  If you have not purchased your TV yet, Samsung has a great TV Selector guide (link) to help you determine which TV size is right for you.

Where will the TV be mounted?

It sounds simple, but careful thought should be put into this.  Ideally, the TV should be mounted at eyelevel; however, with the advent of the flat-screen TV, more and more people mount them over the fireplace (myself included).  This just means you need to buy a TV mount (see below) that can be tilted down.  Houzz has some great information on this topic here.

Where is the nearest plug?

Once you determine where you want your TV, make a note of where the nearest plug is.  If you don’t have a plug directly behind the location where the TV will be mounted, you are going to have to either install a new outlet or find a way to hide the cord.  Most people don’t know this, but you cannot just cut a hole in the Sheetrock and run the power cord behind the wall.  Doing so would violate building codes.  I talk more about how to hide the cords below.

Where will your cable box, DVD player, and/or game console be located?

Your cable box, DVD player, and game console all have cords that need to be plugged in to the TV.  In addition, these items need to be plugged into an outlet.  Many people just place these items on an entertainment center located directly underneath the TV.

You can also purchase “floating shelves mount directly below the TV and can accommodate DVD players and other electronic devices.  If you do need a floating shelf, I recommend the WALI floating shelf  because it is stable, easy to mount, and has a built-in cable management system.  They are available with one, two, or three shelves.   

Where is the network cable drop?

Unless you are planning on watching only local channels via an antenna, you will need to plug your cable box into a network drop.  From the cable box, you will need to run a cable (typically a HDMI cable) to the TV.  If you want to have a clean look, you will also need to hide the wires.

Cable Management

These days, most of the peripheral devises such as DVD players, cable boxes, and gaming consoles are connected to the TV with HDMI cables so I use them for my examples, but the same principles apply to coax cable, RCA cables, etc.

Cable Length

When your TV is sitting on top of an entertainment center, most of the time a 3 foot or  6 foot HDMI cord will work just fine.  However, once you start running the cords behind walls or through molding, you will need longer cords.  If your TV is gong to be mounted directly above an entertainment center and the cables are going to be concealed behind the wall, your HDMI cables will need to be at least 10 feet long, assuming you are using a fixed or tilt mount.  If you are going to use an articulated mount, you will need to use an even longer cords to ensure you can get the full range of motion from your mount.

Pulling Cords Behind the Wall

If you are going to conceal the cords behind the wall, take into consideration if the TV is going to be mounted to an interior wall or exterior wall.  To figure out if it is an interior or exterior wall, look at the location you want to mount the TV, then look at the same wall directly behind where the TV will go.  If you are now outside or in your garage, it is an exterior wall.  If you are still inside your house, it is an interior wall.

If the TV is going to be mounted on an interior wall, pulling the cables behind the wall is relatively easy.  There is a nice void between the walls.  However, if the TV is going to mounted to an exterior wall, that nice void will be filled with insulation.  While it is still possible to pull the cables, it is much more difficult because you have to fight the insulation every time you pull a new cable.  If you are going to mount your TV to an exterior wall I recommend pulling 2 extra HDMI cables for future applications.

What type of mount do you need?

Most of the TV mounting/installation jobs will just require a simple tilt mount.  However, there are also articulated mounts, and mounts that can accommodate DVD players and game consoles.  This is probably the most commonly asked question I get.  So much so, that I wrote a blog about TV mounts here.  Most people don’t realize that a $25 mount from Amazon is probably all they need.

Do you want to conceal the wires?

For the cleanest look, the cords should be concealed.  This can be accomplished by concealing the wires behind the wall or using molding.  As I previously stated, audio visual cords can be run behind the wall, but putting a power cord behind the wall violates building codes and can be dangerous.  To hide the power cord, a new outlet needs to be installed behind the TV.

The most cost-effective solutions is to use molding.  It is easy to install and can be painted to match the wall.  For reference, I included a picture below.  Full disclosure – I did not mount the TV in the first picture below.  I found the picture on the internet but I can’t find it again, so I can not give the original author credit.  However, I did mount the TV in the second picture.

If you want to add an outlet behind the TV and run the cords behind the wall, I can help you understand your options.  In most cases I can add an extra outlet behind the TV for you; however, depending on your situation, you may need to hire a licenced electrician.  I simply do not perform work that I am not licenced or qualified to do.

 What’s next?

When you are ready to have a qualified professional mount your TV to the wall, call me at 281-827-2614.  I can mount your TV to the wall on the same day in most cases.

Have a great day!
Adam Taylor – Owner
Taylored Home Solutions, LLC