As TVs get thinner and lighter, many people are ditching their bulky entertainment centers and TV stands for wall mounts. With a wall-mounted TV, you’ll get better picture quality, easier cable management, and a cleaner-looking home theater. Here are all the pros and cons of mounting your TV on the wall versus using a TV stand or entertainment center.
Pro: Mounted TVs Look Better
Nothing will make your TV look better than mounting it on the wall. Since the bracket is totally hidden behind your screen, mounting your TV will give it a more modern and minimalistic look, almost like it’s floating in mid-air.
Con: It’s Harder To Hide Wires
While mounting your TV will make it look better, it also leaves unsightly wires hanging from the bottom of the screen. However, you can easily hide them with a cable concealer or by running your wires through the wall.
Cable concealers are usually just plastic tubes that you can run your cables through in order to hide them outside your wall. Most of these cable concealers can be painted over, so they will match your walls. However, they often use two-sided tape to stick to your wall, which might peel off the paint when you remove them.
You can also use an in-wall cable concealment kit to completely hide your wires from view. However, this will require you to cut two holes in your wall (one behind your TV and another near an outlet). Plus, that also means you will have to snake cables through your walls every time you want to add a new device to your home theater.
If you don’t want to deal with power drills and saws, HelloTech is here to help. We have thousands of technicians across the country who can come to your home and mount your TV for you as soon as today. Our experts can also conceal your wires and help you set up any other home theater devices you have.
Pro: Mounted TVs Take Up Less Space
Once your TV is mounted, you’ll be surprised how much space it frees up. You’ll suddenly have room on your TV stand for picture frames, record players, soundbars, and anything else. Or you can completely remove your TV stand and have a clean, minimalistic space.
While TV stands and entertainment centers usually come with lots of shelves and drawers to put things, there’s no reason you can’t have these pieces of furniture under your mounted TV.
Pro: Mounting Your TV Reduces Glare
One of the biggest reasons you should mount your TV is to reduce glare. Unless your TV is in a totally dark and windowless room, the screen will reflect light and make the image harder to see. By tilting your TV down 5 to 15 degrees, you can make the reflection point at the floor, so you won’t see it as much.
Most TV mounts can either extend or tilt up, which will give you easy access to ports on the back of your TV. That means you can plug your devices in without needing to move a heavy TV.
Some TV mounts also come with cable management systems built in, which allow you to clip or tie wires to the frame of the mount itself. This way, your wires will stay hidden, no matter how far you extend, tilt, or swivel your TV.
Pro: Better Viewing Angles
There are lots of different types of TV mounts, but the best models are articulating mounts. Also known as full-motion mounts, these models let you tilt your screen up and down, swivel it from side to side, and extend it toward you or retract it back to the wall.
Some articulating mounts allow you to extend your TV out from the wall several inches or even a few feet. By bringing your TV closer, you’ll essentially make the screen look bigger. Plus, the farther you can extend your TV, the more it will be able to swivel.
With an articulating mount, you can swivel your TV up to 90 degrees to the left or right. This way, you can watch TV straight on while sitting anywhere in the room. This also makes it possible to mount your TV in the corner of a room or at an angle.
Tilting your TV down helps to reduce glare, but it also gives you a better viewing angle when you recline. According to experts, your eye line should be centered in the middle of the TV or at an angle of 15 degrees maximum. So, if you recline when watching TV, you should tilt your screen down to match the angle of your eyes.
Pro: Mounting Your TV Makes It Safer
Since TVs are so much thinner and lighter than they used to be, they are also easier to tip over. And, with so many people mounting their TVs these days, manufacturers are no longer designing the feet that are supposed to hold TVs up to be as sturdy or secure. Now, all it takes is a pet bumping into your TV stand or a child grabbing at the screen, and your expensive TV can easily topple over and break.
A recent report from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission claims there were 581 deaths and thousands of injuries caused by furniture tip-overs in the US from 2018 to 2020. Among those fatalities, a significant portion (71%) were attributed to TVs falling onto children. The agency recommends anchoring your TV to the wall in order to prevent it from falling down.
However, it’s important to note that mounting your TV can also be dangerous if you don’t install it properly. That’s why you should consider getting your TV mounted by a professional who has the experience and understands how to properly secure it to your studs or other surfaces.
In order to mount a TV to your wall, you will need to drill several holes in your walls. And, if you plan to run your wires through the wall, you will also have to cut two large holes. So, if you live in an apartment or rental, you might want to consider using a TV stand instead.
On the other hand, if you own your home, these holes can easily be filled in later. All you need to do is keep a little bit of the same paint color left over, and you can easily patch up the holes and bring your walls back to normal in just a few hours.
Con: Mounting a TV Is More Difficult
One of the only benefits of a TV stand is how easy it is to set up. All you have to do is buy it, move it, and put the TV on top of it. Then you can easily hide your cables behind your TV stand, and you’ll never need to use any power tools.
On the other hand, if you plan on mounting your TV, you should have at least two people. Otherwise, it will be very difficult to lift and hang a heavy TV on a mount by yourself. Mounting your TV will also require special tools, like a power drill, a stud finder, and an electric saw, if you want to hide your wires in your wall.
If you would rather avoid the hassle of mounting your TV yourself, you can always contact HelloTech. We have thousands of technicians across the country, so there’s bound to be an expert in your area. Our professional technicians are hand-picked, vetted, and insured to mount your TV right the first time.
Which Type of TV Mount Should You Get?
There are several different kinds of wall mounts for your TV, including fixed mounts, tilt mounts, and articulating mounts (also known as full-motion mounts). For the best viewing angles and lots of other great features, you should get an articulating mount.
Fixed mounts are cheap, but they don’t let you change the viewing angle of your TV. With this type of mount, your TV will sit very close to the wall, which will give it a more modern look. However, it will also be much more difficult to access the back of your TV with a fixed mount.
With this type of wall mount, the bracket that is attached to the wall includes a hinged arm. The television is mounted on a bracket at the other end of the arm. This allows you to change the angle of the TV and move it away from the wall when you need to access the back of it. This type of wall mount is more expensive and only suitable for smaller, lighter TVs.
Articulating mounts are more expensive, but they also give you the most options. They are designed with multiple arms that enable you to tilt, swivel, and move the TV out from the wall in order to provide the best viewing experience from anywhere in the room.
High-end articulating mounts also allow you to rotate your TV a few degrees, so you can make sure it’s level, even after it’s been mounted.
While we don’t recommend mounting your TV over a fireplace because it can damage the electronics, sometimes it’s the only place your TV will fit. In that case, you should consider getting a TV mount specifically designed to be installed above a fireplace.
These unique mounts allow you to pull your TV out and then drop it down to a comfortable viewing angle. Then you won’t have to strain your neck looking up above your fireplace for long periods of time.
If you plan to mount your TV in the corner, you should consider getting a mount that is specifically designed for the space. Most corner mounts have additional joints, and the bracket is usually separated to make it more flexible.
These specially-designed mounts usually work for convex and concave corners, as well as “z-shaped” corners and almost any other surface.
If you need to mount your TV, but you can’t use the wall, you might want to consider a ceiling mount. These types of mounts are usually found in office buildings with glass walls or gyms where the walls are too far away, but they can also be installed in homes as well.
Some ceiling mounts will actually flip down, so you can hide your screen when you’re not watching TV anymore. There are even models with remote controls that let you hide your screen without getting up.