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Buying Guides

Got your eye on something, but need a little help deciding? Terry, our resident MacGyver, has taken time out to put together some handy buying guides. If you need any advice, give us a call on 0800 800 880, we're always happy to help.

TV Bracket Buying Guide

What's Right for You?

Low profile Ultra slim brackets keep your screen as close to the wall as possible and are designed for sitting 90 - 120cm from the floor. These are great for the lounge and bedroom and also in waiting rooms and reception areas.

 

Tilt Perfect for mounting higher on the wall as the screen can be angled downwards. They sit slightly further out from the wall to allow for the tilting. Some low profile brackets can tilt, but most don't.

 

Swivel – Great for mounting your TV in a corner, or if you need to move the screen around often. They sit further from the wall than other mounts but provide greater flexibility and viewing options. The arm can move out for watching then be folded close to the wall when not in use. Many can also be tilted for optimal viewing. Great for bedrooms, kitchens and reception rooms. The Full Motion brackets feature tilt, swivel, rotate and extension functions.

 

Ceiling & Projector Brackets are used to suspend a projector from the ceiling safely and securely. This keeps it out of the way, removing the need for a dedicated table or shelf.

Things to Consider

 

Why mount my TV?

1. Save space - Flat screens are designed to be mounted. It saves you finding a table or stand for your TV. These will take up space and need to be strong enough to support the screen's weight.

2. It's sleek & tidy - Hanging your screen on the wall looks great and allows you to hide the cables.

3. Achieve the best viewing angle - Avoid neck and eye strain by finding the best height for your TV. TV mounts can also be great for positioning your screen out of reach of children.

 

Can my screen be wall mounted?

Televisions and TV brackets marked "VESA mounting compliant" are compatible. This is also known as FDMI or MIS. Most modern flat screen TVs and LCD monitors are VESA compliant. Universal mounting holes will fit virtually any flat screen.

 

Where should I mount my screen?

For comfortable TV viewing, the centre of the screen should be at eye level for maximum comfort.


To figure out how high to mount the bracket:

(1) Measure distance between bottom of wall bracket to bottom of screen panel.
(2) Make a mark on the wall where you want the bottom of the TV to be.
(3) Using your measurement from (1), mark the wall where the bottom of the bracket should be.

 

How do I put it on the wall?

If you're comfortable with hanging a picture frame or mounting shelving, then you will be able to wall mount your TV. You'll need a powerdrill, measuring tape, pencil, a cloth, and a stud finder. Depending on the bracket, you may also require a screwdriver, sockets and a ratchet.

 

1. Where to put it.

(a) Determine what type of wall you have.
(b) Locate studs (if applicable) and mark location with a pencil.
(c) Draw where the midline of TV will be on the wall, use a level if you have one.
(d) Hold up the bracket's wallplate to your midline mark.
(e) Pencil mark where the holes in the wallplate meet the wall so you know where to drill. Make sure holes are equidistant to floor.

 

Wall types & drilling advice:

•  For dry-wall / plaster walls find a wall stud. Use a stud-finder if you have one, otherwise knock on the wall until the sound changes from hollow and resonant to short and sharp. This signifies a wooden stud. Be sure to drill as close as possible to the wall stud's centre point.

•  If you have a larger TV (55 inch +) consider cutting out the drywall at the stud, screw a piece of plywood to the wall stud, then mount the screen to the plywood to distribute weight more evenly. The extra weight of the large TV can split the wall stud over time. Alternatively, bridge two vertical wall studs with a piece of standard 4 x 2 wood, then drill the holes for your bracket into this horizontal backing beam.

•  If your bracket has an extending arm, always secure the bracket to a wooden stud.

•  For solid concrete, rammed earth or brick walls, drill directly at the desired location after lining up your TV. Remember, you’ll need a concrete specific drill bit.

•  If your walls have metal studs and you wish to mount your TV to these instead, visit your local hardware or home store and purchase toggle bolts or togglers and washers, then pre-drill the holes. Metal studs aren’t recommended for heavy TV’s.

 

Remember: Drill holes using a tool slightly smaller than the screws included with your wall bracket.

 

2. Attach the wallplate to wall

Use the hardware included to anchor the mounting plate to wall. Either drill the screws directly into the wooden studs, or pre-drill holes then screw hardware into wall manually. If you have concrete/brick walls, pre-drill holes, then drill screws into these holes while holding up the wall plate.

 

3. Attach brackets to back of the TV

Lay a towel onto the floor and place your LCD or plasma screen face down on the towel. Attach the mounting brackets to the back of your TV. If the holes have caps covering them, pop them out with a flat-head screwdriver. Attach the mounting brackets securely to the TV and make sure everything is tight. Slowly pull up on the mount to ensure it’s secure and holding the TV's weight.

 

4. Lift the TV and secure to wall plate

Depending on how heavy your TV is you will probably need an extra set of hands to help you lift the TV and keep it steady while you screw it in. Once everything is securely attached, gently release the TV to allow the mount to hold the weight. Now put your feet up and relax.

 

Safety

•  Avoid electric shock by turning off the power in areas you'll be drilling.

•  Get a person to help you lift the TV and keep it steady while attaching to the bracket and lining it up.

Frequently Asked Questions

• Is there a difference between dual arm of single arm swivels?

Dual arm brackets offer increased support and are the perfect choice for larger monitors and screens. Single-arm Swivel wall brackets are a popular choice for small screens. While some will hold up to a 37" screen, they are predominantly designed for LCD monitors and small televisions.

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