Unpacking your new TV wall mount, you likely already have ideas on where you want to install it. As you begin to set up though, you may find the studs aren’t where you expect them to be, sunlight may be an issue, or you may be facing safety hazards. Even a lightweight flat-screen can easily weigh 20 or 30 pounds. You don’t want it falling off the wall because the mount is not properly affixed. Here are some things to consider when mounting your TV wall mount.
The traditional mounting places for a TV wall mount.
Mounting your TV in the living room across from the couch is traditional. That said, you’ll want to consider where your light sources are, including window and lamps. Do you think the light from the window could create glare on your flat-screen during the day – if so, you might want to change the location. If your wall’s brick, that could also complicate things compared to mounting on drywall which simply requires you to find the studs. Ultimately, wherever you install your wall mount, maximize it for your comfort.
More unique mounting places for a TV mount.
There are other places to mount the TV in the home but you always want to be aware of what’s around it and the risks. For example, the kitchen is a popular place to mount a TV but you may have splatter from cooking or steam damage it. Alternatively, if you mount your TV outside, this involves navigating many hazards. A home gym, a man-cave in the basement, a she-shed, or bathroom are all areas that need to be evaluated for possible complications.
Where you should never put a TV wall mount.
Don’t put a TV wall mount anywhere that is not safe or comfortable. If it’s not securely mounted to studs, don’t do it. Also, if your TV’s too close to the ground and there’s a risk of a toddler or pet knocking it over, or if it’s somewhere with cables hanging down, you may wish to re-adjust where you’re putting it. Although you can mount a TV over a fireplace, you should have a fireplace-specific TV wall mount to ensure there’s no risk of electronics or cables being exposed to heat.
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