TV Wall Mount Buying Guide

TV wall mounts are one of the best ways for you to set up your TV in a limited space, such as an apartment or bedroom. They are much less bulky than media stands and won't take up space along the floor, making them very efficient. There are quite a few different kinds of TV mount, so read on to learn about them.

Types of TV Wall Mount

Movable Wall Mount

The first kind of wall mount is the type that has one or more swivel joints. These can rotate and move back and forth, as well as tilt up and down, so that you can see the TV from a variety of different angles. A good example of this kind of wall mount will have a wide range of motion so that you can see the TV from anywhere in the room. This is particularly important with some TVs because they have poor viewing angles. That means it is very hard to see any image on the screen if you are off to the side of it. Moreover, if you are in a place that has more than one sitting area, such as a bed and a sofa, then you will probably want the ability to rotate the TV so that it can face wherever you are sitting. That kind of flexibility is why you would want a movable wall mount. They can also fold up to be flush to the wall like a regular mount, although they do tend to project out from the wall more. This kind of mount also tends to have a lower weight limit. This is because the movable arm portion of the mount will stick far out from the wall when it is at at maximum extent, so it cannot support as much weight as if it was directly touching the wall itself.

Stationary Wall Mount

A stationary wall mount is just what it sounds like: a mount that does not rotate or move. The TV stays directly on the wall. It might be possible to do some very limited swiveling motion up and down and side to side, but not nearly to the same precision and distance that a movable mount could attain. As a result, these mounts are best for places where there is just one point that you will use to watch TV. They tend to be better for large TVs that need a lot of support to stay on the wall. Stationary mounts tend to be more durable as well, because there are few or no moving parts, so that means there is nothing that can break or snap.

Pay Attention to

The weight requirement

This is very important, because if your TV is too heavy it could fall off the wall, pulling the stand off with it. This will probably break the TV and cause considerable damage to the wall.

The arrangement of holes

Every TV and TV stand has an arrangement of holes that conform to what is known as the VESA standard. The VESA standard for TVs and stands establishes precise locations and sizes of the holes in the stand and on the back of the TV. That way, a TV and a stand of the same VESA designation will fit together and you can securely attach the TV to the stand with some screws.


It can be very unsightly when the wiring for the TV is dangling down the wall. You need to make a plan for how you will cover or place the wiring. One possibility is to drill a small hole behind the TV and place the wires there.


Most stands are black, but some are other colors, and black still might not fit with your color scheme anyway. Shop around and find a stand that works with your design, because the bigger the TV is, the bigger the stand will be, and the movable ones are especially visible.


The distance and range of motion varies from stand to stand, so make sure you are getting a stand that meets your needs. Measure how much distance and reach you need, as well as where the screen has to point.

Top Brands and Product Lines

There are many different makers of TV stands. The Sanus Systems Vmpl50A-B1 32-Inch to 70-Inch Visionmount Tilt Mount is a great choice for people who want a mostly stationary mount. It is good value, fits several sizes of TV, and is study and tough. The tilting is enough to be useful, but not so much that you need to fiddle with it for a while to get it to the right spot. For those who want more range of motion, the Rocketfish Full-Motion TV Wall Mount can fit most normal-range TV sizes and weights. It can extend out to about 10 inches and has a fairly full range of motion for $150, which is a reasonable price.