Flatscreen TVs are virtually made to be hung rather than set on a sideboard or on the floor like old TVs once were. They’re not the big clunking great piece of furniture they once were. Today they resemble framed pictures, and, as such they look particularly good when hung up on the wall.
The problem with hanging them is that they are heavy, have many wires which need to be attached, and they can’t just be nudged a bit to make them straight if you didn’t get put the mount up in quite the right place.
If you’re experienced in putting up shelves, and home maintenance generally, then hanging a TV will offer you no problems whatsoever. But if you’re new to DIY you might want to think about getting a professional TV installation company in to do it instead. They might cost a bit to do the job, but when you compare that with the costs of doing it wrong, the price is negligible.
Before You Do Anything, PLAN!
Every trade has a different expression for the principal of measuring and planning everything before you do anything. “Measure twice, cut once” is one, or an obscure tailor’s one is “Chalky chalky, bangy bangy, cutty cutty, killy killy!” meaning you can bang the chalk of if you make a mistake measuring, but make the wrong cut and you’ve killed the piece of fabric you’re working with. So think where your TV is going to go, where you’ll be sitting to watch, how you’re going to future-proof your TV, and what you’re going to do about all those cables.
You also need to figure out which tools and materials you’re going to need to complete the job. You’re going to need a drill, Rawlplugs, mounting screws, a bracket if your TV didn’t come with one (and probably a better one than it shipped with if it did).
In addition to these basic tools, if you’re going to make a decent job of it, you may also need trunking, plaster, paint or wall paper, and all the tools you need to use them.
Before you start anything, you need to know which kind of wall you’re attaching your TV set to. If it’s brick you can attach the mount using a TV mounting kit which is available in many DIY shops. Just putting it straight up will mean that you have cables running down the wall. For a quick and easy fix, you can apply trunking to the wall so the cables have a flameproof channel to run down, keeping them securely attached to the wall.
If it’s a stud wall you’re mounting the screen on, you first need to find where the stud work is, and identify whether there are any cables or pipes inside the wall which could be damaged when you start drilling. Once you’re happy that you’re not going to flood the house or electrocute yourself, drill holes into the studs ready for the mount. Before you do that though, make a hole in the wall behind where the TV is going to go and another near the floor where it can be easily concealed. If you attach a magnet to a piece of string you can thread a line into the wall and out again. Tie your cabling to one end and pull it through, so instead of hanging under the TV, the cables run down inside the wall. It’s a rule of thumb that you should always buy cable longer than you think you need, because those things never stretch.
Should I Hang The TV Over The Fireplace?
The short answer here is no.
The long answer here is no, because…
First of all, the installation isn’t that easy since you’ll most likely be working at or above head height. Lifting hardware that high comes with its own problems, and is risky if you’re not experienced and more than doubly so if you’re attempting to hang it on your own.
Secondly, if your TV is above the mantle shelf it will be too high to comfortably watch. Although the chimney breast is a section of wall which seems to scream “HANG A TV HERE!!” the angle is too high to watch comfortably. Ideally, the TV screen should be located just below the eye-line. Hanging your TV that high up means you’ll have to look up all the time, which isn’t great for your neck. Additionally, plasma TVs aren’t designed to be seen from an angle. You’ve no doubt noticed that when you look at your television screen from an oblique angle the colours go out of phase, even becoming negative when you look at it side on. This is because, in order to achieve a pin sharp picture when viewed from the front, there are several layers of filters between the back light, the pixels, and you. To overcome this on a TV which is hung too high, you’ll need to aim the screen down. Now physics and mechanics get involved and, long story short, your TV isn’t safe if it’s not flush to the wall.
And that’s before we even consider if you actually use your fire in winter. If you’re hanging your TV over a fire, or a radiator, the heat will adversely effect the TVs operation and ultimately reduce the operating life of your equipment.
And What About All The Peripherals?
Few TVs are stand-alone or wireless these days. Notwithstanding a power supply and a cable from your decoder or satellite box, there are myriad other devices which need to be plugged in, swapped over and taken off again. You may only use a games console or DVD player occasionally, so the faff of reaching behind the TV just to plug it in, especially if there’s barely enough room to get your fingers behind the set, is really trying. Instead of that, you’ll want to pre-fit all the cables you’re likely to need and all that wire hanging down the wall looks a mess.
If you’re not happy chasing out a channel, inserting the cabling and plastering over it, or punching holes in the plasterboard and running your cabling inside the wall you have the option of trunking. The good thing about trunking is that it can be opened up and additional cables inserted, then re-sealed. It can be painted to match your décor and is easy to put up and take down with few tools.
If all this sounds absolutely abysmal, hard dirty work, where you risk damaging your TV, your walls, and yourself if you drop the TV on your head or foot, you’re right. So why not leave it to professionals, in the same way you would your plumbing or electrics? Briant Communications offer a complete, guaranteed and insured service. We not only hang TVs, but we design the layout for optimum surround sound speaker systems. We install wall mounted, shelf or recessed speakers to suit your preference, and not only that, we do it quickly, quietly, and clean up after ourselves too!
If you’re interested in having a TV hung in your lounge, study, or you’re turning a spare room into a home theatre, then why not call the experts for a consultation and no obligation quote?