Choosing the Correct TV Bracket

Posted by admin on 14/11/2012

With today’s televisions being LCD or plasma televisions, they are much lighter and thinner than televisions in the past.  To protect these often expensive technological wonders, it is usually advisable to use some type of TV brackets to brace the television and protect it from being knocked over.  Given how many children have been killed by pulling over heavy televisions, it’s no wonder that people, particularly parents, have eagerly embraced the new technology.

Another consideration that has made the flat screen televisions so popular is the space-saving aspects of the smaller size of these units.  Especially with the economic turmoil in recent years, many people have down-sized their lifestyles and this often includes a smaller living space.  TV brackets make the space-saving possibilities even better since you can now mount your television from the wall or even the ceiling, freeing up valuable floor space for something other than large entertainment centers.

Before choosing TV brackets, you will need to consider a few things.  The size and weight of the television will play a role in which type of brackets would be best suited to your needs.  Where you locate the television would be another consideration, as you want to get the maximum viewing range.  How you watch television will also factor into your decision – do you wish to be able to move the television around or tilt it towards various areas of the room?

Most Popular Types of TV Brackets

Flush fitting – This type of TV bracket is used to affix your television directly to the wall.  As the television is screwed directly to the wall, there is no way to move it for better viewing so this type of bracket should only be used where your set up is such that the television can easily be viewed through most of the room.  The main advantage to using flush fitting tv brackets is that you are able to easily mount even the largest televisions, where most other brackets have size or weight limitations.

Tilting – Tilting TV brackets are appropriate when you need to have a little bit of flexibility to move the television.  These hold the TV out from the wall a few inches and can be tilted to varying degrees.  They only change the viewing angle, though, so you still need to choose a spot where the majority of the room will be able to watch.

Tilt & swivel – This type of bracket provides a lot more flexibility than the simpler tilting TV brackets.  They allow the television to be pulled away from the wall up to 20 inches plus can be turned up to 360 degrees, greatly expanding the viewing range.  One disadvantage with this type of bracket is that they won’t hold larger or heavier televisions, limiting you to a set that is 32 inches or smaller.

Cantilever – Similar to the tilt & swivel in that this type of bracket gives maximum flexibility, the cantilever has typically been used in more commercial settings than in homes.  That’s because they are more visible than other types of TV brackets and so not as stylish as many would prefer.  However, they do allow for even the largest size television to be mounted just about anywhere.