TV Wall Mounting: 8 Common Mistakes to Avoid

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Now that you have brought your new TV home, you must be planning to mount it to the wall. Wall mounting ensures an optimized TV viewing, with the ultimate angle and the perfect pitch. But keep in mind that wall mounting a TV should be done carefully. A slight error and you can end up with wrong installation, poor angles, and even worse, dropping your TV on the floor.

So how do you mount your TV on the wall precisely, and what mistakes should you avoid. All you need to go through this rundown of the things people do wrong while wall-mounting their new TV.

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8 Common Mistakes to Avoid TV Wall Mounting

Not Reading the User Manual:

Let’s admit it. Most of us don’t read the user manual before using any appliances or electronics. Same mistake people make while mounting their TV. Keep in mind that the user manual has specific instructions to use or install the product. If you just toss it away while unpacking the TV, you might end up doing mistakes while installing the TV. That’s why always read the user manual before doing anything else with the product.

Installing the TV above a Fireplace:

As many houses have a fireplace as their focal point, it might be an obvious position to install your TV. But this is the right practice though. Fire and smoke are a big “NO NO” for electrical appliances. It might cut their life short if they don’t have an immediate effect on them. Above all, the key reason to avoid mounting your TV above the firewall is that you will experience strain in your neck due to a higher viewing angle.

Not Taking Sun Exposure into Account While Positioning the TV:

Many people don’t consider sun exposure while installing their TV. No wonder why they have to shut their blinds in order to watch the TV. We hope you don’t make such a mistake.

There are two ways to make sure you don’t end up with such issues later.

Firstly, avoid the location that is at the direct angle of the sun’s glare. Secondly, use an arm bracket that lets you tilt the TV screen away from the glare.

Positioning Your TV Too High or Too Low:

Now, this is the most important point to consider while mounting your TV. It is important to be aware of the viewing height of your TV. Installing it too high or too low can lead to neck strain as well as headaches. Simply put, mounting the TV at the wrong height will ruin your viewing experience.

Make sure to mount it at sitting height in a living room, generally in the middle of the wall. If you are looking to position it in the corner, make sure to use a full-motion mount bracket.

For your kitchen, the TV should be at standing height so that you don’t need to miss out on your TV shows while preparing the food.

For the bedroom, it can be installed at the furthest side of the bed at the angle you are likely to watch the TV. You also need to ponder over the height of your bed.

Not Leaving Enough Cable Length:

The TV placing position should allow for enough cable length to get your TV connected. You need to consider the power supply and connecting appliances such as streaming devices, DVD players, and games consoles.

Not Choosing the Right Wall Bracket to Hang Your TV:

TV wall brackets keep your TV in place. They are generally available in a flat, full-motion, and tilt type. However, you need to choose the right size. The most commonly used TV bracket is VESA being adapted by all TV models.

Not Asking for Help:

TV mounting job sounds easy but actually, it isn’t. You need someone’s assistance unless the job is done. Can you lift the TV to the mounting place on your own and then screw it to the bracket at the same time? Isn’t it right to ask someone to tell if the drill points are right?

Keep in mind that it is a “two-person” job. Always have someone handy while mounting your TV.

Not Choosing the Load Bearing Wall:

Although it is easy to just drill a little hole into the sheetrock and mount your TV on up, it is important to make sure that the wall can bear the load of your TV. Regular old drywall is not capable to hold the weight of your new TV, and despite the suggestions given by your friends, even if you use the best anchor, it is only a matter of time before that screen comes tumbling down.

Therefore, make sure to find a wall build-out of something more substantial such as studs. If you don’t have such a wall, contact a home contractor or a professional TV installer to help you out.

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