A large picture tube was previously difficult to hang on the wall and we therefore placed it on a TV cabinet. The arrival of the flat televisions makes it possible, however, to hang up a television. Not only does this save space, it is also much nicer in the interior. Hanging a wall bracket is easier than you think, but there are many different types of brackets. It is of course important that you choose a wall bracket that matches the size and weight of the television. In addition, there are wall brackets with different possibilities. In this article we tell you all about the different types of wall brackets and what to look for if you buy one for your flat television.
Different types of wall brackets
Wall brackets can be divided into three different types. We have the fixed wall brackets (also called flat), tilting wall brackets and the rotatable wall brackets.
Fixed wall brackets
A fixed wall bracket is, as the name says, fixed. This can not be tilted and / or turned. These brackets hang flat against the wall, but the distance may vary. There are wall brackets hanging on one centimeter from the wall, but there are also species that hang from the wall at a distance of fifteen centimeters or more. There are advantages and disadvantages both near and far. Close to the wall is often tidier, but makes it more difficult to get to the cables. Further away from the wall seems less beautiful, but makes sure that you can get to the cables more easily. Of course, the choice also depends on the design of the TV.
Tilting wall brackets
Tilting wall brackets are most often used in the bedroom. These can be tilted vertically. When you put the television in the bedroom, you often place it higher than at eye level. From bed you then have a less good view. Thanks to a tilting TV bracket, you can tilt the television so that you have a good view of the screen from the bed. Consider the angle of the tiltable wall bracket. There is often a difference here. The higher you hang the television, the bigger the angle of the bracket must be.
Swivel wall brackets
A swivel wall bracket usually has one or two swivel arms, although there are also swivel brackets without swivel arm. These can only rotate slightly. With the models with swivel arm you can bring the television forward, away from the wall, and then turn it up to 180 degrees. This gives you the best view from every corner of the room. Many rotatable wall brackets can also be tilted, so that you can always create the ideal angle with a swiveling and tilting wall bracket. If you have a soundbar, you will of course want to hang it directly under your television. You can choose a TV bracket with space for a soundbar, but you can also buy separate soundbar brackets. You then attach this to the television bracket.
Important: For a system like Philips Ambilight it is important that there is space behind the television. If you have such a system, do not opt for a TV bracket with the television hanging too close to the wall.
What should you pay attention to when buying a wall bracket?
Virtually every modern television can be upgraded. hanging on a wall bracket, but how do you know whether a television fits a chosen bracket? The VESA standard has been created for this purpose. VESA stands for Video Electronics Standards Association and is the universal standard for wall brackets. VESA has to do with the distance of the screw holes on the back of the television. Every modern television has these screw holes for attaching to a wall bracket. The VESA size is the distance between these screw holes. You can measure the distance of the screw holes yourself, but you can also look directly at the manual of the television for the correct VESA size. If you know the VESA sizes of your television, you need a wall bracket for the same sizes. The most common VESA sizes are 100 × 100, 200 × 200 or 400 × 400, but there are also deviating sizes such as 200 × 300 or for example 200 × 100.
In addition to the VESA sizes, the weight and dimensions of television is also important. Look closely at the maximum weight that it can carry with a TV bracket. Also important is the minimum and maximum inch size. Make sure you do not hang too small or too large a television.
At what height should I put my television?
Have you chosen a nice wall bracket? Then it is almost time to hang it up. Before you get started, determining the viewing height is very important. For a television with a tiltable wall bracket in the bedroom, this is less important, because you can tilt it. However, if you opt for a flat bracket, it is very nice that it hangs at the right height. Many people hang the television too high, so that over time a painful neck can occur. Choose a comfortable place on the chair or sofa, as you always watch television. The rule of thumb for hanging the TV bracket is that the eyes must be at 1 / 3rd of the top of the screen. The remaining 2 / 3rd of the screen are below the viewing height of the eyes
Mounting the wall bracket
After determining the viewing height, you can get started with the installation. Screws for the mounting plate of the wall bracket to the television are usually included. Screws for attaching the mounting plate to the wall are usually not supplied. This is because each wall is different, so it can make a lot of difference which screws can best be used. So on to the hardware store. Here they can advise you which screws you need for mounting on your type of wall. Do not forget the plugs!
Of course you want the wall bracket to hang neatly. Some brackets have a built-in level, otherwise you have to look yourself with a spirit level to see if the whole is right. Mark the holes before you start drilling. For the entire assembly you have to follow the steps in the manual of the wall bracket. Attaching the mounting plate to the wall and the television to the mounting plate is generally an easy job, so you can quickly enjoy your new wall bracket.