30 Apr What Are The Challenges Of Hanging A TV On The Wall?
The television is a high utility device that services the needs of both homes and offices. In houses, it is the primary medium for on-demand entertainment such as Netflix, Disney & gaming consoles. On the other hand, it serves as a projection surface for meetings in offices where an entire team can refer to.
The technology in televisions and the associated consumer behaviours have changed over the years. As a result, wide screen televisions coupled with tv mount installation have come to be the preferred set up in homes and offices alike.
Why Consumers Favour Mounted Televisions?
Shape & Weight
For starters, televisions are increasingly becoming slimmer and less bulky. This has granted them a more elegant appearance while weighing much less than their predecessors. In particular, the change in weight also means that TVs are no longer restricted to requiring a solid surface under them. Rather, they can be hung up on surfaces or walls.
Furthermore, consumers have become increasingly sophisticated, now keen on viewing their content under ideal circumstances. This means having the TV at the exact right height and angle so that they can exert the least effort to view it.
Finally, the small spaces that many Singaporeans live and work in makes it difficult to keep visual clutter at an acceptable level. Rather than having the grounded television fight for space with the rest of your furnishings and furniture, it makes sense to lift it above them. In doing so, you would also be utilizing unused wall real estate.
The Challenges in Mounting a Television
For onlookers, the mounting of a television on a wall is a deceptively simple task. In reality, it is much more complicated with many factors to be considered and major consequences involved. From incorrect positioning to smashed TV sets, from a hole in your wall to electrical fires breaking out, many things can go wrong. Even for DIY-enthusiasts who are familiar with handywork, mounting a TV warrants many larger considerations.
Selecting a Position for Safety
For starters, it is important for you to note the strength of your wall. If the targeted wall is a drywall or hollow, then extra steps will be needed in order to safely mount the TV. Failing to properly selecting the right wall and position could lead to the affected part of the wall giving way. As a result, you will find yourself with a hole in your home’s wall and a smashed TV set at its base.
You should also avoid any area that has the potential to get wet or hot. This means not having the TV near a sink or any other wet utilities. On the other hand, areas near the fireplace or major heat generating devices are also a no go. By practicing this guideline, you would be safeguarding the electrical integrity of the whole television system, including that of its wires.
Selecting a Position for Utility
Commonly known as the sweet spot, all TVs should be positioned for a good viewing experience. This means that you won’t have to watch it from the side or find yourself craning your neck to view it. For example, if you were to place a TV at too high a height, you would be hurting your neck when viewing it for long periods.
When selecting this position, you should keep in mind the comfort of the TV’s intended users and not just yourself.
Selecting your Television, Mounting Plate & VESA
We recommend starting with selecting a television that fits well into your space and meets the visual needs of your household. From there, an appropriately sized mounting plate and VESA size can be chosen.
Your mounting plate or brackets will determine the angle at which your TV will be placed. In addition, it also affects the amount of flexibility you have with a setup. Common mounting plates available on the marketing include that of fixed brackets, tilting bracket and articulating brackets.
VESA sizes are simply the set of standards that detail where the holes are placed on the back of your television. When chosen correctly, you should be able to accurately line up the holes of your television to the mount. This means that it can be safely and securely anchored to the mount.
Mounting the Television
The main challenge in mounting your television comes in ensuring that the mount has being properly drilled into your wall. There several different toggles that can be used to secure your mount. Common ones include driller toggles and strap toggles, which are chosen depending on the intended setup of the mount. For example, while some people secure your mount directly to their walls, there are others who have an in-between material such as a piece of wood.
Correctly selecting the right toggles and drilling them into place is key to having a secure setup for your mount and subsequently the TV.
Partitions & Dry Wall Considerations
Sometimes, walls do not have a single continuous material such as cement. Rather, they are hollow walls that contain a wooden structure internally and a gypsum-based board on the exterior. This setup is preferred in many spaces as they allow for:
- Concealment of wiring and pipes
- Window and door headers
- Vertical features such as a towel rack or display shelf
When dealing with such walls, the hollow portion will not be sufficiently thick for toggles to grip on to. Additionally, they are not strong enough to support the weight of your television. As a result, you can be sure that it will give way. If you are mounting a TV to such a surface, then you will need to secure the mount to the wall studs.
Wall studs are the wooden structures which form the foundation of such dry walls. Within the walls, they are the only structure of strength that can sustain the weight of your television.
Finding Drywall Studs
With reference to the section above, if you intend to mount your TV to a dry wall, then you first need to find the studs. To do so, you would take a stud finder device and scan it along the length of your wall. The device finds studs by monitoring for increasingly changes in density of the wall. As such, when the density significantly changes, the stud finder alerts you to the likely presence of a stud.
From here, you would need to mark the horizontal edges of each stud and the approximate centre of it. You can then proceed to drill in your toggles and secure the mount to the wall.
Ensuring that the TV is Straight and Level
Experience in ensuring the proper finishing of the TV mounting is critical. Inexperience often leads to a TV being placed in a slanted position. Unlike other DIY projects, a crooked TV would necessitate that you start all over again. No forced adjustments should be to the TV when it is mounted. Furthermore, you should avoid loosening the TV mount in order to make adjustments to your TV position as this makes it less secure.
While you are busy and into the mounting of your television, it is important not to forget about its cables. Tangled cords and wires should be neatly separated and managed while remaining out of sight. Not only does this make the television more presentable, but it also ensures a longer lifespan for your wires.
Getting Help to Mount Your Television
As demonstrated in this article, mounting a television set can be a huge hassle and a risk. As such, it is advised that you engage professional tv installation service when having a TV mounted set up done. This will ensure the safety of the TV investment, the electrical infrastructure of your home and most importantly that of your family.
Engage our Yi Leng Service team to Assist you
With over 30 years of experience, Yi Leng Service is a specialist in electrical works, cable solutions, TV brackets, and mounting. Our experience has proven to be an invaluable asset in our expertise and services provide to clients in all aspects of installation, maintenance, and repair works.
With our TV installation service, we help to make the right decisions in each of the challenges listed above. From selecting the right brackets to the perfect positioning of your TV, from wire management to securing your TV to the wall. Get the perfect mounting setup for your television with us today.