Having a new TV set can be exciting, and you eagerly anticipate the shows you will watch on TV. Technology has made television sets slimmer and wider, and wall mounting is the most favored option among different households. Spacious and compact homes can both benefit from the saved floor space of wall-mounted TV. However, you should plan and consider several things before proceeding with the installation to prevent a home makeover disaster.
If you want and smooth and hassle-free TV installation, read on to know what to keep in mind before mounting your TV on the wall.
Consider the Location
There are several reasons why the location should be prioritized before installing your TV. First of all, your TV wall mounting should be placed near a power outlet, and the length of the TV’s power cord should sufficiently reach the outlet. Another reason for considering the location is where you will be situated when watching the TV. If you are planning to place it on our living room wall, choose a location that is facing the sofa; if you intend to place it in your bedroom, it should be facing the bed.
Consider the Angle
Whether you have an LCD screen or a LED screen TV, its surface can reflect sunlight and artificial light sources near the TV. If you cannot find a wall that does not receive sunlight, choose a side of the wall with the least sun exposure throughout the year. An electrician can help you find an angle that reduces glare from natural and artificial lights. An electrician can also suggest a wall mount bracket with an angle-adjustment if your TV placement frequently causes glare.
Other Entertainment Systems
Your TV may be one device out of the other electronics that make up your home entertainment system. You may also have an audio system, a cable box, a game console, DVRs, and other devices and entertainment systems that can be connected to your TV. If you have a cabinet where your other entertainment systems are placed, you can either place your tv near the cabinet if it has been placed there permanently. Another convenient solution is to place floating shelving under the TV for convenient placement and entertainment devices.
Assess the Wall Strength
The wall you are going to mount your TV on should be strong enough to support it. Brick and concrete walls are ideal for handling wall mounts, but solid, hardwood partitions can also handle a wall-mounted TV’s load. Do not install your wall mount in locations where there are cracks or the wall consistency is unstable. Alternatively, find a stud or two in the wall to help anchor the screws, and provide better support for the TV’s weight.
Have a Plan for Cord Concealment
Do not ruin the sleek look of your wall-mounted TV by letting the cables and cords messily stretch and dangle on the wall. A good option for homeowners is to hire an electrician to make chips on the wall and conceal the wiring by placing plaster and applying paint over the concealed wires. Tenants can’t have the same freedom when it comes to wall modifications, but a good solution is to use paintable electrical conduits to camouflage the wiring and cables on the wall. Placing a bookshelf under your TV and drilling holes on the bookshelf for the wires and cables is a less radical and invasive cord concealment option you can also use.
A wall-mounted TV can give your living room or bedroom an added aesthetic appeal aside from giving you quality entertainment. You are also saving floor space using this setup. Best of all, you are also keeping your TV safe by placing it out of children and animal reach. Getting the considerations discussed here covered will let you enjoy your favorite shows without worries.