Flat Screen TV Mounts: Making the Right Choice

Flat screen TV mounts are panels designed to allow flat panel televisions to be hung flush against a wall. These mounts can be found at any electronics store that sells flat panel televisions as well as many retail chains and hardware stores. Before purchasing flat-screen TV mounts, consider these points.

What Tools to have on hand

You will need access to the following tools to install a flat screen TV mount:

  • Socket set
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Drill
  • Philips and flathead screwdrivers
  • Pencil

Also, the assistance of a second person is an absolute must when mounting a larger flat-screen television

Stud Type

First consider the structure onto which the mount will be attached. Wooden studs are the most common and have a good weight capacity. Nearly all models of TV mounts can attach to wood studs. Steel studs are not as sturdy as wood studs.

When mounting to steel studs always use toggle bolts, which go through the steel stud. It is also important to hit at least 2 steel studs. Concrete and brick walls can hold a good deal of weight but require the use of 3/4-inch concrete anchors. When hanging a TV mount on concrete use at least 6 bolts and concrete anchors.

Swivel or Tilt

If the TV will sit high on the wall, you will want to allow for tilt. If the bottom of the television will sit 42 to 54 inches above the ground, tilt is not essential. But if your TVs is going to sit higher than 54 inches, you will need a mount that offers tilting.

Swivel mounts are also popular because they allow the TV to be rotated side to side. Most models allow rotation of up to 180 degrees. If you are considering swivel mounts, remember that they are more expensive and will increase the load on the wall.