Wall mounting a television set can be a great way of changing the impact the screen exerts on the surrounding living space. Using a dedicated TV wall mount can help to give the room a more modern feel, while at the same time elevating the device in a way normally reserved for works of art. On the practical side, a TV wall mount can mean a more comfortable viewing experience as well as moving an expensive piece of technology out of the way of children and pets. There are many different solutions to the basic problem of attaching a television to the wall. TV wall mounts vary from basic fixed mounting brackets through to fully articulated models which can allow the simultaneous rotation and tilting of the device.
TV Wall Mount Styles
Knowing the basic differences between the TV wall mounts that are on offer can be the key to identifying which device will provide the most stylish installation.
Flat TV Wall Mounts
As the name suggests, flat TV wall mounts are designed to support the television as close as possible to the wall. The result is a clean installation that flatters the sleeker designs of the modern panel television screens. Flat TV wall mounts also have the advantage of being able to support higher loads, making them a good choice for larger screens or older heavier devices. The downside of flat TV wall mounts is they allow very little in the way of articulation. As there are no arms supporting the television set, flat TV mounts usually only allow very small amounts of side to side movement and only a minimal degree of screen tilt.
Ultra-Thin Flat TV Wall Mounts
As TV technology has advanced, panel televisions have become noticeably more slender. This has had the effect of making any gap between television and wall less acceptable from an aesthetic point of view. Many television manufacturers have recognised the demand for TV wall mounts which place the back of the device directly in contact with the wall. Competition between the manufacturers has led to bespoke ultra-thin flat TV wall mounting solutions being developed for the latest generation of televisions.
Tilt TV Wall Mounts
Where the intended installation will be above eye level, a tilt TV wall mount can provide the ideal solution. It offers the same simple approach as a flat mount, while angling the screen downwards for the viewer's comfort. Generally, this type of mount is aimed at commercial environments, such as train stations and waiting rooms. However, they can provide a stylish TV mount solution in the home for hanging smaller screens in kitchens and bedrooms. That said, their minimalist design does also give them superior load bearing capacity when compared to more articulated mounts. They can therefore make an excellent choice of TV mount for larger panel screens which require fitting at an angle.
Pull-Out TV Wall Mount
A good compromise between a fixed and a fully articulated TV mount is a pull-out model. Pull-out TV wall mounts have a single arm which pivots at both ends. This allows enough movement for the television to be pulled out a short distance from the wall and angled towards various positions in the room. As the television is pushed back towards the wall, the arm folds flat between the television and the bracket, which is mounted on an offset. Many designs of pull-out TV mount use flat panel arms that are recessed into the bracket when folded flat, meaning they allow the television to sit almost as close to the wall as a fixed mount. Pull-out TV wall mounts can offer a good compromise where a neat installation is required that allows a reasonable degree of articulation. Unfortunately, the compromise also extends to their load bearing capacity meaning they may not be an option for supporting the very largest panel devices.
Fully Articulated TV Wall Mounts
Where a large amount of articulation of the screen is required, there may be no alternative but to use a fully articulated TV wall mount. Models of this type are basically pull-out TV mounts with an extra arm on the end to facilitate the additional mobility of the set. Some models also allow the screen to be tilted downwards. Many feature the ability to lock the TV mount in place once the desired position has been chosen. A fully articulated solution is often a choice of practicality over style. Although newer designs feature flatter arms that recess into each other, the television will often be held a noticeable distance from the wall when in the stowed position. Fully articulated TV wall mounts can provide the ability to rotate the television to face 90 degrees in either direction so are invaluable when this level of versatility is required. However, as the extra arm reduces their load bearing capacity, they are only suitable for small to medium televisions.
Cantilever TV Wall Mounts
Cantilever, or tilting, TV wall mounts allow significant movement in a single plane using friction mechanisms, similar to those found in double glazed windows. They are designed to allow the television to be folded flat against a surface, with the intention that it can be stored out of the way when not in use. Two examples of applications of a tilting TV mount are described below.
Tilting Under-Cabinet TV Mount
These present a chic and convenient method of stowing a small panel screen in a kitchen. When not in use, an under-cabinet TV mount allows a small television to be pushed back underneath a kitchen wall unit until the screen is facing the worktop. Whenever needed, the television can be quickly pulled downwards, leaving the screen suspended vertically above the work surface.
Tilting Ceiling TV Mount
Anyone who has ever watched television in bed will know how difficult it can be to do so comfortably. A tilting TV mount which attaches to the ceiling above a bed is a neat solution to this problem. The television can be stowed away flat against the ceiling when not in use. When required, the screen can be pulled down to allow a comfortable viewing angle for those watching below.
Motorised TV Wall Mounts
Perhaps the last word in luxury is the current range of motorised TV wall mounting products. These allow the viewer to adjust the position of the television from the comfort of their armchair via remote control. The simplest type of motorised TV wall mount is a flat mount which allows the screen to be moved a few inches to each side and permit a small angle of tilt. The intention is that the movement will allow the screen to be angled away from daytime glare and reflections. The most expensive motorised TV wall mounts allow full articulation of the screen, enabling it to be positioned to face a several different seating areas within the same room. A useful feature to look out for when buying a motorised TV wall mount is a park facility, which allows the screen to be returned to the fully stowed position at the touch of a button.
Wall mounting a panel television can transform the feeling of a room, adding an extra sense of refinement to the living space. Choosing a TV wall mount will usually involve a compromise between load capacity, degree of articulation, and neatness when stowed. Budget will often play a part, as it does with so many luxury purchases. However, where money is no object, there is nothing to match the elegant sophistication of a fully articulated, remotely controlled TV wall mounting system.