Finding the ideal TV bracket for you

Written by: Jon Duffy

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Time to read 7 min

There's an undeniable allure to the sleek, space-saving appeal of wall-mounted TVs. Whether you're aiming to free up floor space or achieve that perfect viewing angle, investing in the right TV bracket is pivotal for crafting your ultimate home entertainment setup.


But with the many options available, how do you navigate the sea of TV brackets to find the perfect match for your needs? Let's delve into the key features to consider when selecting the ideal TV bracket for you.

VESA Compatibility

Before delving into the world of TV brackets, it's imperative to understand the VESA mount standard. VESA, short for Video Electronics Standards Association, establishes the distance between the mounting holes on the back of your TV. These holes facilitate the connection to a wall-mounted bracket. Consult your TV's manual to ascertain its VESA specifications, typically depicted as a multiplication, such as 100 x 100 or 200 x 400.


Our assortment of brackets explicitly states the VESA dimensions they accommodate, ensuring compatibility and peace of mind when pairing your TV with the appropriate bracket model.


Screen Size Compatibility

While picture quality remains paramount, ensuring your chosen bracket can adequately support your TV's dimensions is equally crucial. Every bracket in our collection specifies the compatible screen size range, eliminating the guesswork and guaranteeing a secure fit for your TV. If uncertain about your TV's exact dimensions, consult its manual for clarification.


Tilting

For those seeking optimal viewing angles, brackets labeled with "Tilting" or "Tilt" offer invaluable adjustability. These brackets enable you to tilt your TV forward or backward, accommodating various seating arrangements and ensuring an immersive viewing experience, especially when mounting your TV higher up on the wall.

Swiveling

Enhancing versatility, brackets featuring "Swivel" functionality offer lateral movement, allowing you to adjust your TV's orientation from left to right. Ideal for rooms with multiple seating areas or unconventional layouts, swivel-enabled brackets ensure everyone enjoys an unobstructed view of the screen.

Swing Arm Brackets

For the utmost in flexibility, swing arm brackets reign supreme. With the ability to swing the TV from side to side, these brackets grant unparalleled freedom in adjusting the viewing angle. Perfect for dynamic living spaces or scenarios where space optimization is paramount, swing arm brackets offer both functionality and style.


Explore Our Diverse Range of TV Brackets

Ready to embark on your TV mounting journey? Explore our comprehensive range of TV brackets to discover the perfect solution tailored to your preferences and space constraints. From tilting to swiveling, swing arm to fixed, our curated selection ensures that your TV mounting experience is seamless and tailored to your unique needs.

Transform your entertainment space today and elevate your viewing experience with the perfect TV bracket companion.

FAQ

What TV Bracket do I need?

Selecting the right TV bracket depends on various factors such as the size and weight of your TV, the VESA mounting pattern of your TV, and the type of wall you'll be mounting it on.

  1. TV Size and Weight : Ensure that the bracket you choose can support the size and weight of your TV. Most brackets specify a maximum weight and size limit.

  2. VESA Mounting Pattern : Check your TV's manual or look for the VESA pattern specifications in the product details. As mentioned in the main article, the VESA pattern consists of a series of numbers that represent the horizontal and vertical distance between the mounting holes on the back of your TV. For example, a VESA pattern of 200x200 means the distance between the mounting holes is 200mm horizontally and 200mm vertically.

  3. Type of Wall : Consider the type of wall where you'll be mounting your TV. Different brackets are designed for different types of walls, such as concrete, brick, or drywall. Make sure to choose a bracket suitable for your wall type and ensure proper installation.

  4. Additional Features : Some brackets offer tilting, swiveling, or full-motion capabilities, allowing you to adjust the viewing angle of your TV. Consider whether these features are important for your setup.

If you're unsure about which TV bracket is right for you, consult with a professional installer or refer to the recommendations provided by your TV manufacturer. Taking these factors into account will help you select the most suitable TV bracket for your needs.

How do I fit a TV wall bracket?

Fitting a TV wall bracket requires careful preparation and attention to detail to ensure your TV is securely mounted. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

  1. Gather Your Tools: Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary tools on hand. These typically include a drill, screwdriver, stud finder, level, measuring tape, and pencil.

  2. Locate Wall Studs: Use a stud finder to locate the studs in your wall. Mounting your TV bracket to studs provides the strongest support. Mark the stud locations with a pencil.

  3. Position the Bracket: Hold the TV bracket against the wall at the desired height and align it with the marked stud locations. Use a level to ensure the bracket is perfectly horizontal.

  4. Mark Mounting Holes: With the bracket in position, use a pencil to mark the locations of the mounting holes on the wall. Double-check the alignment and levelness before proceeding.

  5. Drill Pilot Holes: Using a drill bit slightly smaller than the diameter of your mounting screws, drill pilot holes at the marked locations. Be careful not to drill too deep to avoid damaging any wiring or pipes behind the wall.

  6. Attach Bracket to Wall: Secure the TV bracket to the wall using the appropriate screws and anchors for your wall type. Make sure the bracket is firmly attached and flush against the wall.

  7. Attach Bracket to TV: Depending on the type of bracket, you may need to attach a mounting plate or arms to the back of your TV. Follow the instructions provided with your bracket for this step.

  8. Mount the TV: Lift the TV carefully and hang it onto the bracket. Ensure that the mounting arms or plate are securely fastened to the bracket.

  9. Test Stability: Once the TV is mounted, give it a gentle shake to ensure it's securely attached to the bracket and the wall. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure stability.

  10. Organize Cables: Finally, route and organize the cables behind the TV to create a clean and tidy appearance.

If you're unsure about any step of the process or encounter difficulties, don't hesitate to seek assistance from a professional installer. Proper installation is crucial for the safety and security of your TV

What fixings to use for a TV bracket on plasterboard?

Mounting a TV bracket on plasterboard requires appropriate fixings to ensure a secure and stable installation. Here are the recommended fixings for this type of installation:

  1. Toggle Bolts or Snap Toggle Anchors: Toggle bolts or snap toggle anchors are ideal for mounting heavy objects, such as TV brackets, on plasterboard walls. These fixings provide strong support by spreading the weight across a larger area behind the plasterboard.

  2. Hollow Wall Anchors: Hollow wall anchors, also known as Molly bolts, are another option for mounting TV brackets on plasterboard. These anchors expand behind the wall to provide a secure grip, distributing the weight evenly and minimizing the risk of damage to the plasterboard.

  3. Wall Plugs and Screws: For lighter TV brackets or smaller TVs, plastic wall plugs and screws may suffice. However, it's essential to choose plugs and screws designed specifically for plasterboard to ensure a secure hold.

  4. Manufacturer Recommendations: Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions and recommendations for the TV bracket you're installing. Manufacturers often provide specific guidance on the type and size of fixings required for their brackets, based on the weight and size of the TV.

When installing a TV bracket on plasterboard, it's crucial to locate the wooden studs behind the plasterboard whenever possible. Mounting the bracket directly to the studs provides the strongest support and minimizes the risk of damage to the plasterboard.

Before drilling into the plasterboard, use a stud finder to locate the position of the studs. If you cannot mount the bracket directly to studs, ensure you use the appropriate fixings and follow the manufacturer's guidelines for a safe and secure installation.

If you're unsure about the suitability of a particular fixing or the installation process, consider consulting with a professional installer or contractor to ensure your TV bracket is securely mounted and your plasterboard walls remain intact.

How to take a TV off a wall bracket?

Perhaps you don't need your TV mounted right now, or you're planning to switch to something new. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to take a TV off a wall bracket:

  1. Prepare the Area: Before removing the TV from the wall bracket, clear the area around the TV and ensure there are no obstructions that could interfere with the process.

  2. Unplug Cables: Disconnect all cables and cords connected to the TV, including power cables, HDMI cables, and any other peripherals.

  3. Secure the TV: If the TV bracket allows for locking mechanisms or safety features, ensure that these are disengaged or unlocked before attempting to remove the TV.

  4. Locate Release Mechanisms: Some TV brackets feature release mechanisms that allow you to detach the TV easily. These mechanisms may include levers, latches, or buttons located on the bracket or mounting arms.

  5. Follow Manufacturer Instructions: Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for your specific TV bracket model. Manufacturers often provide detailed guidance on how to safely remove the TV from the wall bracket.

  6. Lift the TV: Carefully lift the TV upward and away from the wall bracket. Enlist the help of another person if the TV is large or heavy to prevent accidents or damage.

  7. Inspect the Bracket: After removing the TV, take a moment to inspect the wall bracket for any signs of damage or wear. Check for loose screws or mounting hardware that may need to be tightened or replaced.

  8. Store Cables Safely: Once the TV is removed, coil and secure any cables to prevent tangling or damage during storage or transport.

  9. Consider Future Use: If you plan to remount the TV at a later time, store the wall bracket and mounting hardware in a safe and accessible location for future use.

  10. Clean and Maintain: Take the opportunity to clean the TV screen and the area around the wall bracket. Use a soft, dry cloth to remove dust and debris, avoiding harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that could damage the screen or finish.

By following these steps, you can safely and effectively remove your TV from the wall bracket without risking damage to the TV or surrounding area. If you encounter any difficulties or have concerns about the process, consider consulting the manufacturer's instructions or seeking assistance from a professional installer.

About the author

Jon Duffy is a Digital Merchandiser at Maplin.

An avid gamer from a young age, Jon has dabbled in gaming journalism and dedicates much of his spare time to this hobby. He also has an interest in music, playing bass guitar in a rock covers band.

Having previously worked as a copywriter with another electronics retailer, he was eager to join Maplin with their new online venture. In addition to writing blogs, Jon also works on many of the website's landing pages and adding new tech to the range.