Flat panel TVs are ideally suited to be wall mounted. Wall mounting your TV can create extra space and give a stylish uncluttered look to your room.
The slim profile of flat panel TVs means that they can be discreetly placed flat against a wall or they can be easily repositioned when mounted on a multi-position mount.
The size of mount to choose is dependant on the screen size of your TV. Another important consideration is the weight of your TV. Orbital mounts are subjected to rigorous weight testing however you should not exceed the weight limit indicated on products.
The distance between you and your TV and the height you place your TV is usually based on personal preference. If you sit too close lower quality signals may appear pixelated, and if you sit too far away you may not see the high quality detail in HD or DVD signals.
Where you intend to place your TV will also have a direct influence on the type of wall mount best suited to your needs.
Flat to wall
If your aim is to achieve a discreet appearance, a flat to wall mount may be ideal for your room. Flat to wall mounts are designed with a slim profile to enable you to position your TV flush to the wall.
Wall mounts with a tilt function enable you to place your TV in a higher position as they provide the opportunity to tilt your screen downwards for optimal viewing. Tilting capabilities can also help remedy situations where light is glaring off your screen.
Multi-Position mounts are ideal for positioning your TV in a corner or where you would like a wide range of viewing angles. They are the most flexible mounts available and allow you to fold out your TV on one or more arms and multiple pivot points to give a maximum range of viewing angles.
Multi-Position mounts also usually have tilting capabilities and can be neatly folded back against the wall.
A further consideration when choosing a flat panel TV wall mount is whether your TV is VESA compatible, and if so, which VESA standard it is. VESA standards are set distances between screw holes on the back of flat panel TVs and monitors. You can read more about VESA standards on our Quality and Safety page.
Cable management is something you may wish to consider when wall mounting your TV in order to achieve a neat uncluttered finish. There are different ways of managing your cables and you may need to consider which approach you will take before installing your mount onto the wall.
The easiest cable management solution is to cover your wires with cable trunking/cable raceway. These are coverings which stick to your wall over the top of your cables. Usually made out of plastic, they are available in varying thickness and are typically over-paintable.
Concealing in hollow walls
If you are mounting your TV on a stud or partition wall you may choose to run your cables in the hollow space between studs. You can so this by drilling a hole close to where the wall plate of your mount will be and threading your cables through the hollow space to emerge lower down your wall. Depending on the size of the hollow gap however you may have difficulty in threading thicker cables or end connectors.
As described on our Installing a TV Wall Mount page, make sure you check for pipes and wires before drilling, and ensure the screws of the wall plate of your mount are fixed into a wooden stud.
Concealing in solid walls
If you are mounting your TV on a solid wall you can conceal your cables by cutting or chiselling out a channel within your wall in which to run your cables. Simply plaster over the channel and repaint to achieve a smooth finish.