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How to Choose a Mount for your LCD TV

LCD mounts

Mounting a LCD television on a wall or other surface is an excellent way to improve its viewing range. Choosing an appropriate mount can be difficult, though, as there are many available mounts that may or may not be compatible with different types and brands of televisions. This guide is intended to make selecting the right mount easier and more convenient.


Before you pick a LCD mount, take a few minutes to think about what is needed in your specific case. Questions to ask include:

  • What surface will the mount be attached to?
  • How much does the screen weigh?
  • How much space is available?
  • How much screen movement is ideal?
  • What elevation is the screen going to be at?


Many mounts use a universally compatible standard that can attach to most types of screen. Check your screen�s product manual for the words �VESA Compatible�. VESA is an industry standard that guarantees accessory compatibility across different brands. If your screen is not VESA compatible, it may be necessary to buy an adapter plate (sold separately).

Mounts come in numerous different styles, each of which has relative merits and drawbacks. These limitations usually follow the standard that as articulation and possible screen positions increase, maximum weight capacity decreases. Listed below are the different types and the features of each one.


There are several different styles of mount available. One thing to keep in mind is that if a mount has a high range of movement, it is likely to either have a low weight capacity or require mounting into more than one stable source, such as a stud or ceiling beam. Check weight capacity carefully! It is better to buy a mount with a higher weight capacity than you really need if the next available model can support less or exactly the weight of your screen.

Articulating Wall Arm Mounts

Usually able to support between 30-200 lbs. Holds screen 3�-70� away from wall. Check individual models for specific details.

These mounts consist of an arm with 3 hinged points, one at the base, one in the center, and the third directly behind the mount plate. The screen can be easily moved to multiple positions and the mount locked into place.

- Wide varieties of possible viewing angles.
- Available for many screen sizes and weights.

Pivoting Wall Arm Mounts

Usually able to support between 25-175 lbs. Holds screens 4�-10� away from wall. Check individual models for specific details.

Pivot mounts consist of a long arm capable of side to side movement and a jointed hinge on the mount plate that allows for various changes in angle.

- Less expensive than articulating wall mounts, but not as much range of motion.

Flat Wall Mounts

Usually able to support between 130-200 lbs. Holds screens 1�-2� away from wall. Check individual models for specific details.

Flat wall mounts do not use an arm. The screen mounts directly to them and can then be moved from side to side, and the angle can be adjusted slightly.

- High weight capacity and low cost.
- Fewer viewing angles than other types of mount.
- Lowest possible distance between screen and wall.

Tilt Wall Mounts

Usually able to support between 80-280 lbs. Holds screen 2�-4� away from wall. Check individual models for specific details.

Tilt wall mounts are similar to flat wall mounts, but they are sloped at an angle so that the screen faces slightly downward.

- Tilt mounts have the same advantages as a flat wall mount.
- Perfect for screens in stores or restaurants because they are designed to be installed above head level.

Ceiling Mounts

Usually able to support between 40-175 lbs. Check individual models for specifics.

Ceiling mounts consist of a load bearing pole that can attach to a ceiling beam or a wall connector. Parts for both mounting methods are usually included in the kit. The angle of the screen can be adjusted more than a tilted wall mount.

- Similar to tilt wall mounts, though with lower weight capacity.
- Have a greater number of possible angles due to 360� rotation from a fixed position.

Desktop/Countertop Mounts

Usually able to support between 25-150 lbs. Check individual models for specific details.

Desktop and countertop mounts consist of a single arm that can be rotated 360�. A hinge located on the mount plate allows the angle of the screen to be changed.

- Little risk of mount failure.
- Excellent choice for computer monitors and presentation screens.

Under Cabinet Mounts

Usually able to support between 10-20 lbs. Check individual models for specific details.

Cabinet mounts are designed for very small screens. The base can be mounted on the top of a cabinet, and the arm can be swung down. This provides for a clean look, as the LCD can be pulled up to hide it when not in use. An articulated joint on the base plate allows the screen to be adjusted to various angles.

- Good for small screens and stylish display.
- Little range of motion and no support for larger screen sizes.

Floor stand

Usually able to support between 130-150 lbs. Check individual models for specifics.

Floor stands are load bearing stands with legs or a base and a central point that extends up. At the top is an articulated joint that attaches to the mount plate.

- High weight capacity.
- Several available types for different screen sizes and weights.

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Once you have your selected mount you will be ready for the install.