Mounting your LG TV to the wall is not only a great way to save space, but it also looks nice and clean. However, there’s a little more to it than just buying a wall mount and screwing in your TV. Here are a handful of things you should know when it comes to mounting your TV to the wall.
Decide Where to Mount Your TV
First off, you need to figure out exactly where you want your TV to go. This is something that is ultimately up to you, but there are a couple of rules of thumb to be aware of.The most important rule is to mount your TV at eye level from where you’ll be watching it, if at all possible. This usually means the bottom of the TV will be somewhere around two to three feet off the ground, give or take a few inches.Many people mount their TV up high above a fireplace or bookshelf, but that’s usually a bad idea since you crane your neck up to see your TV. This can be very uncomfortable when done for an extended period of time.
Get the Right Mount Type and Size
There are generally two types of wall mounts that you will come across. The first one is an articulating mount, which is meant for smaller televisions. Usually, it has one arm with a couple of articulating joints that allow you to pull the TV out from the wall and turn it in nearly any direction.The second type of TV wall mount is also the most common, called a tilting mount. These allow you to mount your TV to the wall at multiple points, sometimes up to six. So they’re great for larger and heavier televisions. For instance, most LED TVs come with pre-packaged wall mounts.
Mount It the Right Way
Now that you have the TV wall mount, you can get to work mounting but you just can’t pick a random spot and start screwing it in. Televisions and the mounts themselves are heavy, so you need to make sure that you mount your TV correctly so that it doesn’t come crumbling down right after you install it. You will need to screw the TV mount into wall studs for maximum holding power. If you just mount it to the drywall, you’re sure to cause a lot of damage, since drywall isn’t actually that strong. Do not forget that being careless while mounting can damage the TV. The LED TV price you just paint at the retail shop may just be wasted with one fall on the ground.
Hide the Cables
Once you have your TV mounted, you can either call it a day or take the time to hide all of those cords that are now hanging down your wall. The best option is to install a specialty kit that more or less creates an extension cord behind the wall using code-compliant electrical wire, as well as a dedicated tube to feed other cables through. This will allow you to plug the TV in right where the mount is, and the rest of the cables get routed down near the baseboard where you can then plug the cables into their respective devices.
Mounting your TV is an important thing. Unless you do it properly, you watching experience will not be enjoyable.