Screen TV Mount or Stand Buying Guide
After spending a considerable amount
of time and money to pick out the best plasma or LCD flat panel television
set that your budget could handle, you can now turn your attention to
buying a suitable stand or mount. You might be tempted to skimp on this
particular purchase, but that would be a mistake. Just as a beautiful
painting benefits from a gorgeous frame, so too does a television look
better when paired with a lovely stand or mount. Here are a few points
to keep in mind as you shop.
Flat Screen Stands
screen stands are far more sophisticated than the cheap wood cabinets
your parents used for their CRT sets. Manufacturers realize that an
expensive, high-tech piece of equipment such as a plasma, LED or LCD
television needs a handsome display unit to go along with it. That’s
why many entertainment consoles now feature a remote controlled lift
mechanism that hides your television within the unit when it’s not in
use, and raises it to the surface when you want to watch something.
These pop-up flat screen stands really give you the best of both worlds,
as you’ll have an attractive storage unit for your electronic equipment
and media without the hassle of having a big screen out in the open
around the clock.
If you can’t afford to splurge on a
pop-up stand, there are plenty of more traditional choices out there
as well. Below are some additional options to consider when purchasing
a flat screen TV stand.
TV consoles and credenzas: Consoles and credenzas
make excellent flat screen stands, being fairly small and broad enough
to support most TVs. One of the greatest traits of consoles and credenzas
is the amount of storage available. There is an ability to store the
television along with other living room essentials, like blankets and
Platform TV stands: Platform flat screen stands
feature one or more uprights for shelves, but their frames are usually
free of backs, sides or doors. Glass and metal are their most common
materials, though wood is also available.
Corner TV stands: These TV stands are wonderful
for small living spaces. Many times a corner flat screen TV stand can
be found built to the specifications of a console TV stand or a platform
Buying a TV Wall Mount Many shoppers
elect to skip the stands altogether in favor of wall mounts. These plasma TV mounts
attach to studs in your wall, giving you a secure place to hang your
television. Wall-mounted units are very much in vogue right now for
a couple of reasons. First, they represent the ultimate space-saving
solution since your television will be completely out of the way. This
makes wall mounts a great choice for those in smaller living quarters
or those that already have a bunch of other furniture in their living
rooms. Second, hanging your television on the wall just looks cool!
Your home will instantly have the look and feel of a theater when you
watch movies this way, and you’ll never want to go back to a stand again.
of Wall Mounts
Under-cabinet or Flip-down mount: Designed for
kitchen use, under-cabinet TV flat screen mounts are also useful in
small spaces like dorm rooms, offices or anywhere else where space is
restricted. They fasten underneath cabinets, allowing your TV to flip
out of the way when not in use.
Platform mount: These wall mounts are used primarily
for CRT (otherwise
known as traditional tube) televisions. The TV sits on a shelf
or platform, which is supported by an arm attached to the wall or ceiling.
These mounts can also come with multiple shelves, holding a DVD player
or cable box.
Swivel: Swivel TV mounts move from side to side
and may also swivel up and down. Styles vary, including or excluding
a support arm with one or more joints. This type of flat screen TV mount
can extend the set from the wall and turn the TV over 180 degrees.
Tilt: Tilting mounts need to extend farther from
the wall (generally 3 to 5 inches) to provide room for the tilting method.
A tilt flat screen or plasma TV mount generally move the screen 5 to
15 degrees up or down, with the ability to lock the ideal position in
place. This option works well if the TV is desired high on a wall above
the seating area.
Low-profile: The simplest, most economical flat
screen TV mount option. Basically, it's a metal frame with two upright
posts or plates where the TV attaches. Profile mounts may pull out just
one inch from the wall. This option does not move; it simply holds your
flat screen directly to the wall like a picture.
What kind of flat
screen TV mount or TV stand should you buy? That depends on how
much control you need over adjusting the television once it’s placed
in an ideal location.
When shopping for a flat screen TV mount,
it’s important to know the exact weight and dimensions of your television
to ensure you buy hardware that is strong enough for the job. There
would obviously be some significant safety ramifications if you neglect
the manufacturer’s specifications in this regard.
Basically, selecting a plasma TV stand
or mount comes down to form and function. What do you want your stand
or mount to be able to do? How you want it to look? There’s enough variety
out there that you can expect to get precisely what you want at a price
you can afford.