If you want to put your TV on the wall, or somewhere else in your house, a TV stand with a mount is your best choice. It can be fixed, tillable, swivel and you’ll find it in various sizes. TV stands allow you to watch it comfortably from anywhere. They seamlessly plug into the wall and are easy to install.
To help you get your hands on the best TV stand with a mount, we have put together this comprehensive buying guide for you. Take your time to read through the end of this article and we promise, buying a new stand would be a piece of cake for you.
TV Stand Buying Guide
Key Factors To Consider Before You Choose One
- Determine the weight of the TV and the wall material to choose the fixing system for the TV bracket.
- Assess the orientation needs of the TV and choose a fixed, rotating, and/or tilting stand as needed.
- Observe the dimensions of the TV set, in order to adapt the stand to the TV set.
Different Types of TV Stands
Fixed TV Support
This is the simplest and most economical model and is very easy to install. In the back, it is equipped with a plate to be placed on the wall and some hooks to fix it to the television. It is very popular television support because of its small size. Choosing its location is important, as the screen is oriented in a single direction.
Support with TV Rail
This TV stand is similar to a large grille where the flat screen is placed and fixed to the wall. In addition, it significantly reduces the space between the screen and the wall. It is a support that occupies quite a surface but can be placed on plasterboard partitions. Depending on the model, the TV stand with rail may be tiltable.
Swivel and Tilting Bracket
This TV stand can tilt and turn the TV according to the desired viewing angle and thanks to an articulated arm. Its wall mounting plate has variable measurements and the length of the arm can be more or less large. This type of bracket is suitable for all types of televisions.
TV Stand: Main Features
In order to choose the most suitable support, you should check the following:
- Compatibility between the stand and the display must be based on the VESA measurement, a standard measurement that indicates the vertical and horizontal distance between the four holes on the back of the display.
- The size of the screen expressed in inches or cm, as the size of the bracket must be appropriate to the size of the screen;
- The weight of the television because the chosen support must be able to support the weight of the screen;
- The distance between the wall and the screen to prevent the screen from protruding more than necessary and cable clutter from behind.
Some TV stands have shelves to install a reception terminal such as a DTT adapter, private channel decoder, etc. Its structure facilitates the connection of the elements (coaxial cable, satellite cable) that connect the television to the reception equipment (antenna or satellite dish).
TV Stand According To The Type Of Wall
Here, the key determining factor is the surface of the plate that fixes the bracket to the wall, and the weight of the television.
On hollow materials such as brick or plaster, TV mounts with large fixing plates must be installed so that there is space between the anchor points; otherwise, the material may deteriorate (maximum weight of 30 kg for plasterboard with a separation of at least 40 cm).
Laying on solid or solid surfaces is unrestricted; any type of TV support can be accepted.
Whatever the material of the wall, it is essential to choose well the plugs (expansion plugs metallic -molly-, chemical fixation, plugs of solid materials) and take into account the location of the support and the weight of the television.
The installation itself is simple and consists of perforating the wall on various points provided with a drill and a drill adapted to the material.
Choosing The Right Support
You’ve got your brand-new TV at home or you’ve just decided it’s time to hang your “old” TV on the wall, so let’s get to work. Doing so is not complicated, but it requires a series of considerations if you don’t want it to end in tragedy.
What kind of support do I choose? That’s the first thing you have to ask yourself. Here it is important that you know if you need simple support, that only hangs the TV to the wall, or if on the contrary, you need inclination, mobility, or rotation.
Fixed supports are the simplest. These allow you to place your TV on the wall like a picture, there are no more options. The TV will be completely attached and you will not be able to do anything, nor orientate it towards a specific point nor incline it. Its use is recommended if you are going to place the TV at eye level when you are sitting.
The inclinable supports are the second variable. Identical to the previous ones, the difference is that they allow the screen to be tilted, sometimes only downwards and other times both upwards and downwards.
Why do you need a tilting stand? Well, it’s very simple, to prevent an excessive viewing angle from obscuring the screen. The idea is that the line of sight between your eyes and the screen is perpendicular to the screen. So, if you place the TV at a certain height you’ll need it to allow that tilt.
Brackets with Arms
Arm mounts add one or two arms that allow you to separate the TV from the wall and rotate them to view the picture correctly or place them in more complicated places, such as a corner of the room.
Depending on the length of your arm(s), you’ll have more or fewer options. However, it is important that you take into account the maximum size and weight it allows.
Diagonal Screen and Weight
As I mentioned before, when choosing the ideal support for your TV you have to take into account whether or not you need it to be mobile and/or tiltable. But beware, because then there is the issue of screen size and weight. Just because we can use a mount designed for a 40″ TV in a 24″ one doesn’t mean we can do the same thing the other way around, even if the VESA mount is compatible.
I’ll explain, each support is designed to hold a certain weight. That’s why if you’re going to hang a 24″ screen in the kitchen its support will be different from a 55″. The reason? The system of fixing points to the wall has to be adequate to the weight.
So, take a good look at the maximum weight it can support and how many inches it can be used. These data will have to be according to the characteristics of your TV.
Distance Between Wall And TV
When you thought about hanging your TV on the wall, you did it with the idea of enjoying it as if it were a picture, as close to the wall as possible. So you buy a super flat stand, you come home, with a drill in your hand you start making holes, you place the stand, then the TV and…epic fail! You just realized that now you cannot even place the power cable and the rest of the connectors collide.
What you read has happened to many users and it is not strange. When you know what kind of support you want, you have to consider another point: how are the connections of your TV, location, if the cables are perpendicular or parallel to the screen, and what minimum separation there is between wall and TV.
Regarding the location of the connections, if they are lateral the problems are not so many. Normally the bracket does not cover them and space between the wall allows them to be connected without problems. The most problematic situation is when they are rear and the cables are perpendicular to the screen. That’s where you have to give more separation with the wall to allow the cable to rotate or use angled connectors.
Be careful, not only the distance between the back and the wall is important. You also need to keep in mind that the plate or bands on the TV mount do not block or prevent you from accessing the connections. For example, if your TV has the VESA holes very close to the connection terminals, you may want to choose a bracket whose compatible inches are at most those of your TV. This way it will fit perfectly, and the excess of the bracket will not cover any entrance.