An often ignored – yet no less important – element of digital signage is finding the right wall mount for your screens. And with hundreds of models to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one best suits your screen.
Here is our guide of what you need to consider before buying a TV mount, and also some of our top recommended mounts.
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1. Why Should You Mount Your TV?
TV screens are truly the backbone of any digital signage setup. They can be a great investment opportunity when appropriate accessories – like mounts – are purchased to suit their size and intended location.
TV mounts not only provide an appropriate level of support for your TV, but they also have the ability to dramatically enhance the viewing experience and create more viewing angle options that wouldn't normally be possible if using a standard entertainment stand.
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If you have a limited amount of office space to work with, mounting a TV can be a smart, effective and aesthetically pleasing solution to gain more space. TV mounts can also make a bad floor layout easy to work with as they can be placed in otherwise-awkward places like corners, ceilings or even above fireplaces.
As long as you purchase the right mount to support the weight of your TV, extending out and retracting back your TV should be no problem; and, if you're fond of that clean minimalistic look, then a TV mount will definitely be the way to go.
2. What to Consider Before Buying Your First Mount?
It's important to understand the advantages of finding the right mount and to also consider the possible complexities that could arise if the wrong mount is chosen.
Breaking a law is surely the last thing on your mind when it comes to mounting your TV. But if you're living in the United States, the "Americans with Disabilities Act" (specifically title III (public accommodations)) requires displays or hardware to protrude no more than 4 inches from a wall.
If you plan to place your TV in a public area you need to think about whether or not your TV interferes with – or disrupts – the public’s ability to move freely. For more information on what the regulations are, check out this ADA checklist for more help.
It’s been said that (correctly) mounting a TV is actually a much safer alternative than placing your TV on an entertainment center. As technology advances, TVs are being made thinner – which makes them more susceptible to tipping over.
Unfortunately, these accidents do happen; a study conducted by CPSP found that in the US alone between the year 2017 and 2019, roughly 11,300 children were treated in emergency rooms annually due to furniture and appliance tip-overs with 75% of those cases involving a TV.
Weight and Size
When choosing your mount you must make sure that it supports the weight and size of your TV.
Many manufactures categorize their mounts by the maximum amount of weight and size the mount can support. To mitigate your TV snapping off the wall, always check the weight of your TV and the mount specifications.
Important to note: make sure to take into account the extra weight your mount may hold if you plan to attach accessories like soundbars or digital signage media players as this might overwhelm your mount and cause it to fail.
Type of mounts: fixed mount, tilted, full-motion
If you're unfamiliar with mounts, you're probably thinking of using the standard fixed wall mount. This is a great idea if your seating area is placed right in front of the TV. But if you have a wide seating position or slightly lowered viewing angle, you may not see the best picture. Image distortion can be especially noticeable if you have a light source coming through a window.
So before choosing a fixed wall mount, be sure you know exactly where your viewers will be seeing the screen as you won't be able to adjust the TV afterward. (We cover this in more detail in this guide to achieving the maximum ‘dwell time’.)
A tilting mount is another type of mounting style that allows you more movement to adjust the angle of the screen, even after you install your TV. Some mounts come with more tilting abilities than others, so make sure to check the product description to see if the degrees match your preferences.
If you require more mobility like extension and swivel capabilities, then a full-motion mount could be for you. A full-motion mount is great if you want to interchange landscape or portrait orientations or extend your TV from the wall to get closer to the screen. This mount is ideal for TVs placed in awkward locations like corners.
VESA standard is a mounting standard adopted by many TV brands and mount manufacturers; this defines the distance between the mounting holes on the back of the TVs and the screws used to fit into those holes. This standard dictates the hole pattern or "sizes" on displays, measuring horizontal x vertical distance in mm, most commonly seen as 200x200, 400x400, and 600x400.
The quickest and most accurate way to identify the VESA pattern of your TV is to check the product description – or you can measure it on your own. Some TV manufacturers don’t follow VESA standards. If this is the case then you will need to purchase a universal mounting bracket to find the perfect alignment for your TV mounting holes.
Concealing a few cables at home is pretty straightforward, you can either place them inside the wall or purchase some plastic tubing from your local hardware store. But concealing cables in a public setting may be harder than you think.
When displays are in public it's rare that you see power cords or HDMI cables sticking out; these could otherwise be a major safety hazard. Some mount manufacturers actually offer cable management built into the design to help combat this, so make sure to check the product description if this is something you are interested in.
Check your walls!
Once you choose your mount, It is important to check what materials your walls are made out of. In principle, you can install a mount onto any type of wall material, but each wall type has different properties. Therefore, extra measures need to be taken to ensure your mount is anchored down safely.
- Concrete Walls: Concrete is the golden standard for wall mounting. With this type of material all you need are some strong concrete nails, a few washers, and power tools to get your mount installed.
- Dry Wall: If you live in the USA, there's a good chance your walls are made of drywall. Because most TVs are too heavy to hang on drywall, you will need to locate wall studs using a stud finder or use a toggle anchor or a toggle bolt to anchor your TV.
- Brick Walls: Bricks are another great option for mounting TVs. For brick walls, we recommend using heavy duty wall anchors that are designed for brick installations. Before mounting your display, make sure that you are drilling into the brick itself, not the mortar as this may result in it working loose and crumbling - sending your TV to the ground. Bricks are much stronger than mortar and can hold heavy objects. You should only consider drilling into mortar if the brick is old and too fragile making it susceptible to cracking.
- Stud Walls: Stud walls are vertical pieces of wood used to create the foundational frame of houses. Depending on the structure of your building, wall studs may be placed next to each other or spaced out to give room for wires, insulation, and pipes. Therefore it is vital to use a stud finder to locate the position of these wooden panels before installing your mount. Once you know the distance between each stud, check the maximum stud spacing of your mount to ensure you can mount all corners. For smaller mounts, this might be more difficult as the stud spacing may be greater than the size of your mount. To solve this you can purchase a piece of plywood to bridge the gap between the studs and use that to support your mount, or you can simply purchase a larger mount.
2. Top Recommended TV Mounts for Digital Signage
Fixed Wall Mount
Fixed wall mounts (also known as "flat" mounts) are simple, inconspicuous, entry-level mounts that are placed flush against the wall. These mounts are best for flat surfaces and provide a clean and minimalistic look as they generally sit an inch or two off the wall.
Fixed wall mounts are typically low-budget because they do not have those sophisticated moving mechanisms that some mounts have, and they require fewer materials to make the mount. A fixed amount can be a fine choice but take into consideration these types of mounts restrict access to the back of the TV and lack adjustability post-installation. If you need to reach the ports at the back or need to glare coming off the TV, a fixed mount may not be the best for you.
Best Budget Option
Sanus Classic Low-Profile Fixed TV Mount ML111
Fits TVs ranging from 37 to 80 inches
Stands only 1" off the wall
Able to hold up to 130 lbs (58.97kg)
No tilting capabilities
Supports VESA patterns: 50x50mm up to 705x450mm
What we love most about SANUS is that all of its mounts are UL certified and are recognized for their safety and sustainability standards. Our top pick for a fixed wall mount is their classic SANUS ML111 low-profile fixed wall mount. This is a great entry-level mount that costs about $49.99 and can fit TVs ranging from 37 to 80 inches.
This mount is great for eye-level viewing and offers post horizontal adjustments allowing you to shift and perfectly center your TV, within 24-inch studs. With the ML111 fixed TV mount, you can get your TV as close to the wall as possible, leaving only an inch to give off a clean seamless display.
It is suitable for VESA mounting patterns from 50x50mm all the way to 705x450mm. Before choosing this wall mount, make sure you know exactly where your viewers will be seeing the display as it is a fixed-position mount.
Peerless-AV Smart Universal Flat Wall Mount SF650P
Fits TVs ranging from 39 to 75 inches
Stands only 1.20" off the wall
Able to hold up to 175 lbs (79kg)
No tilting capabilities
Supports VESA patterns: up to 600x400mm
This Peerless-AV Smart Universal Flat Wall Mount is a heavy-gauge mount for flat wall applications. Generally, a fixed wall mount is considered low budget and used by those who simply need to get a display up and to save space. But the Peerless-AV SF650P mount is an "upgraded" version of a fixed mount and has the ability to support larger displays weighing up to 175 lbs.
This mount offers both horizontal and vertical post-installation adjustments and side-to-side positioning, making it much easier to perfectly position your TV even after you mount it. The Peerless SF650P mount has an open-plate design meaning you don't have to drill through a specific hole, offering endless mounting and cable management options.
The SF650P mount supports VESA patterns up to 600x400mm and accommodates displays with patterns up to 742x405mm. The Peerless SF650P mount is also UL certified so you can rest assured your TVs will be supported.
Tilting Wall Mount
Tilting Mounts are low-profile mounts that have a tilting mechanism. This is a great option if you're placing displays where the direction of light changes frequently and you need to combat glare often.
This mount is also a great option if you want to place your display higher up to then be angled down for a better viewing experience. It also frees up space behind the TV as it tilts up or down, giving you a bit more room to easily change HDMI cables; a welcome benefit for store clerks or offices that need to adjust their displays without taking off the TV completely.
When choosing a titled mount it is important to note that the degree of tilt varies between different manufacturers, so make sure to check the product specification sheet to ensure the mount fits your needs.
Best Budget Option
Mounting Dream Universal Tilt Mount MD2268-LK
- Fits TVs ranging from 37 to 70 inches
- Stands 1.5" off the wall
- Able to hold up to 132 lbs (
- Can only tilt -8° downwards
- Supports VESA patterns: 200x100mm up to 600x400mm
- 10 years warranty
The Mounting Dream MD2268-LK mount is a great budget-friendly mount costing about $34 (but, we often see this mount being sold for less on Amazon). The MD2268-LK mount is manufactured with stainless steel and is more than sturdy enough to support the weight of TVs up to 70 inches. If you would like a smaller sized mount but with the same type of style, the Mounting Dream MD2268-MK is another good option.
The mounting MD2268-LK mount can be adjusted up to 8 degrees forwards to get the optimum viewing angle or to reduce glare. We recommend this mount to someone looking for a cost-effective way to get their displays up quickly. This mount provides a very aesthetically pleasing look as it only comes off 1.5 inches from the wall. This mount fits 16", 18", and 24" stud spacing so it is fairly easy to center your display. It is recommended to be installed only on concrete walls (anchors needed) or wood studs.
Please do not install this mount onto drywall as it does not provide a sturdy enough anchor for the mount.
The Mounting Dream MD2268-LK mount comes with various screws and tools to give a smoother experience, but if we had one criticism to give about this mount: don’t use the provided leveling tool. Use your own personal leveling device as it has been known to be inaccurate.
Secondly, once you attach the TV to your mount you will not be able to reach the mechanism used to adjust the degree of tilt. So you will have to re-mount your display once or twice to find that perfect sweet spot. If this is an issue, you can always take a look at the SANUS Tilting VMPL50A mount as it offers more tilt adjustability and slightly more room behind the TV.
SANUS Tilting Wall Mount VXT7
- Fits TVs ranging from 40 to 110 inches
- Stands 2.18 inches off the wall
- Can tilt 7° / -10°
- Able to hold up to 150 lbs
- Supported VESA patterns: 200x200mm up to 900x800mm
The SANUS Tilting VXT7 mount is a great option if you are looking for a more industrial-built mount that has more adjustability options. In our opinion, we prefer the SANUS design as it has a much more user-friendly and smooth tilting system.
Unlike our previous recommendation, this mount tilts on an axis so there is no need for tools or to remove the mount to re-adjust it. You can easily angle the display 7 degrees up or 10 degrees down with one hand. Because of this wider adjustment space and that extra 2.18" space from the wall, it's much easier to access the back of the display to insert cables if needed.
Post-installation height and leveling adjustments can also be easily done to make sure you position your display in the perfect position. When looking for a TV mount for your digital signage, there is always a handfull of cables needed to attach to your display. If your needs require a bit more room to work with behind your TV, we recommend you take a look at these SANUS tilting mounts.
The VXT7 tilting mount costing $299 is made up of solid heavy-gauge steel material to help support 40-110" displays weighing up to 300 lbs. There are smaller sized mounts with these same exact features for less, such as the SANUS VMT5 37-55" tilting wall mount costing $109.99, or the SANUS VST4 19-40" tilting wall mount costing only $49.99.
Full Motion Wall Mount
A full-motion mount (or articulating mount) has much more mobility and complex features that allow the mount to extend, retract, swivel left and right, tilt up and down – and sometimes rotate. However, not all brands adhere to these criteria and will sometimes leave out one or two features. A full-motion mount is a great option for users with multiple seating areas, is a great solution to combat glare, and can give you the most room to access the back of the TV compared to other mounts. There are various types of wall mounts to choose from price to aesthetics, construction to $20 up to $1000. If you are unsure of what to look for, take a look at some of our top recommended full motion wall mounts below.
Best Budget Option
Mounting Dream Full Motion TV Mount MD2380
- Fits TVs ranging from 32 to 55 inches
- Stands 3 inches off the wall
- Can extend 15.2 inches
- Can tilt 5° / -15°
- Able to hold up to 99lbs
- Supported VESA patterns: maximum 400x400mm
- 10 years warranty
The Mounting Dream MD2380 is a long-extending full motion TV mount that is very affordable compared to other mounts in this category – costing about $50. This mount supports TVs ranging between 32 to 55 inches weighing up to 99lbs. If you have a slightly bigger display you can take a look at the Mounting dream full motion MD2298 mount which holds up to 75" TVs weighing 132lbs.
A full-motion mount is a great versatile solution and you can be comfortable knowing you will always be able to view your TV from any spot in the room. The MD2380 mount can retract to just 3 inches from the wall and extend up to 15 inches to give you that extra cable space behind your display.
With this full-motion mount, you also have the option to tilt your TV 5 degrees up or 15 degrees down to reduce glare or swivel left or right depending on your seating position. Full motions mounts are quite heavy so we recommend you get some help before installing.
Sanus Full Motion Mount VLF728-B2
- Fits TVs ranging from 42 to 90 inches
- Stands 2 inches off the wall
- Can extend 28 inches
- Can swivel 57° in both directions
- Can tilt 5° / -15°
- Able to hold up to 125lbs
- Supported VESA patterns: maximum 400x400mm
- 10 years warranty
If you are looking for a more robust mount the SANUS VLF728-B2 (also sold as Sanus BLF328-B1) is a great full motion that is equipped with strong extending arms and tilting abilities. The SANUS VLF728-B2 is a versatile mount that can be adjusted to fit any viewing angle in a room and works with TVs ranging from 42 to 90 inches. If the only available seating area is far from the TV, this mount can extend up to 28 inches off the wall and retracts to stand just 2 inches off.
Like most full motion mounts, the SANUS VLF728-B2 offers swivel features and can pivot to 57 degrees in both directions. What we like about this mount is its steady set functionality that allows you to make smooth adjustments that will lock your display in any position without any drifting or shifting. This TV mount is priced in the higher range of full-motion mounts costing about $319.00 but can be bought on Amazon for less than $200.
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