Buying a TV Wall Mount

Screen size, room dimensions and viewing habits all affect how to best mount your TV. This guide to buying a TV wall mount will help ensure your TV mount enhances your viewing experience.

TV Mounts 101: How to buy the right TV mount

Although most flat screen TVs have a pedestal base, exchanging it for a wall mount frees up space in your room and provides the flexibility to place your TV in the best position for viewing. The size and weight of your TV, room size, the location of wall studs, and furniture placement are key factors in choosing the right TV wall mount. Your TV owner’s manual should also list the types of brackets recommended for your particular model. Wall Mounts range from fixed flat brackets to those that swivel, angle and extend to achieve the best viewing experience.

Types of TV Wall Mounts


Flat Panel Mount

The flat panel wall mount attaches your TV flush against a wall like a painting. The mount is comprised of a girder screwed into the wall and attached to the TV by two upright posts fastened to the back. It is the simplest way of mounting a flat screen TV but the least flexible for viewing since it doesn’t move once it is attached. It is ideal for larger screens or rooms where the TV, once mounted, is easily viewed from every spot. For example, this wall mount will work well if you want to place your TV at the narrow end of a rectangular living room, where the viewing angles are minimal on both sides. 

Low Profile Mount

A low profile wall mount is similar to the flat panel mount but rather than holding the TV flush against the wall it extends about one-inch out from the wall. This setup offers easier access if your TV has plug-in ports on the side or bottom that are slightly recessed. The low profile wall mount is static and does not tilt or swivel.


Tilt and Swivel Mount

A tilt and swivel wall mount also consists of a girder and mounting plate, but it extends two to four inches from the wall and allows you to angle your TV vertically and horizontally for viewing. The slight downward slope is nice for kids watching or playing video games from the floor. And the horizontal adjustment, while also minimal, can help square-up the screen for solo viewing.


Full Motion Mount

A full-motion wall mount consists of a moveable arm that mounts to the wall. Ideal for small and mid-size TVs, it extends out from the wall and allows you to tilt and swivel your TV as well as to raise and lower it. The real advantage here is that you can get a great viewing angle from virtually anywhere in the room. When not viewing your TV, simply swing it back against the wall and out of the way.


Corner Mount

The corner wall mount is an excellent option for small rooms, for placement above a corner fireplace or a room with a furniture layout where the corner is the best position for the TV.
The mounting bracket of a corner mount is triangular in shape and fits into a corner of your room so two sides can be screwed into adjacent walls. It does not extend but some of these mounts do have tilting mechanisms.


Ceiling Mount

A ceiling wall mount is usually found in commercial environments but is a good option to use in rooms with a lot of windows and not a lot of wall space. Use this mount only where ceilings can handle the combined weight of the mount and the TV. This type of mount is available in various drop lengths so it can be used in rooms with high ceilings. It should be mounted into a wood joist or concrete ceiling and placed where it will not be affected by vibrations. 

Table Mount

A table wall mount allows you to attach your flat screen TV securely to an existing piece of furniture, without having to put holes into your walls. It is a good solution for rental homes where permanent mounting may be prohibited. A table raises your TV to a comfortable viewing height and allows you to tilt and swivel to adjust your viewing position.

TV Mount Safety Tips:

  • Check the weight rating on the wall mount to ensure it will support your TV
  • Use only the installation hardware that comes with your TV or TV mount
  • Avoid damaging walls by ensuring that mounts are screwed into studs or joists

TV Mount Features

Space Saving +

While almost all flat screen TVs come with a removable pedestal, one of the main benefits of a flat screen is that they can be mounted and don’t have to be a piece of furniture. It saves space and gives you more flexibility when arranging furniture.

Safety +

Mounting your flat screen TV keeps it out of reach of children and animals. There is less chance for damaging the TV or injuring children or pets. Flat screen TVs are lighter and can easily tip over if not secured.

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How to Install a TV Mount

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Check for wall studs and pre-drill screw holes to avoid damaging walls. Measure to ensure the TV hangs at your desired viewing height. 

TV Mount Maintenance Tips:

  • Check all screws attaching the mount to the wall and to your TV for signs of loosening
  • Check the wall for cracks or marks that could indicate that the TV mount is moving in the wall
  • Check for wear at tilting and pivoting points

VESA Standards

VESA is marked on the packaging of some flat screen TV mounts. VESA stands for Video Electronics Standards Association, an international non-profit organization that sets standards for the PC and consumer electronics industries. The organization also established the Flat Display Mounting Interface (FDMI), or VESA mount, which are standards for mounting monitors and flat screen TVs. 
This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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