There are some flat screen TV wall mounts which provide much greater flexibility of movement compared to fixed wall brackets - and it is these that we will discuss here.
As part of our TV wall mount guide, we have taken an overview of the different types of brackets available for mounting your HDTV onto a wall - and summarised the differences between them.
However, in this article we will look at articulating mounts and take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of this particular variety of bracket.
There are a number of different names given to these wall mounts.
As well as an articulating mount, you may see reference to a tilt and swivel wall mount or maybe a pivot mount.
All these wall brackets are similar in that they allow you to alter the position of your TV screen, and the name is usually an indication of the slight differences in the way that they work.
The main disadvantage of these mounts compared to those with more restricted movement mainly comes down to cost. They will generally be a more expensive option and so you will need to decide how necessary the extra features are for you.
Remember, the right wall mount for a particular room will vary between different people. What is right for one room may not be suitable for another, and so the choice will come down to the location and requirements of your room, rather than being dependant on a particular model or type of TV.
You will see these types of brackets called various names if you spend some time researching this subject.
There isn't a name that is used exclusively for this type of wall mount, however, the different names tend to reflect the type of movement you can get when compared to tilt and flat wall mounts.
The terms swivel and pivot imply that the bracket will allow some some side-to-side movement, while tilt suggests that the mount will allow some flexibility up or down.
You will also find there will be slight differences in the type of movement that these brackets will perform, and so it it wise to check carefully the mounts you are considering to make sure they will do exactly what you require.
Like a tilting wall mount, a tilt and swivel mount should allow the TV to be angled up or down. This is can be very useful as it allows your viewing angle to be altered depending on your seating position - or if the wall mount has to be installed slightly above or below the ideal height.
However, unlike the tilting mount, it will also allow the TV position to be moved from side to side - like with the VideoSecu ML531BE articulating TV wall mount pictured above. This can be especially useful if you vary the position in the room from which you watch the TV. For example, you may like to watch the TV while sitting at your table while eating, and then need to change the viewing position when you sit down later to watch a movie.
Some of these brackets will simply pivot from side to side from one fixed joint on the bracket - while others will have an extending arm which allows you to pull the TV away from the wall for increased viewing flexibility. For this type of wall mount, the TV can also be pushed back against the wall when not in use.
Another advantage of this type of bracket is that this movement allows for a TV to be installed in, or near, the corner of a room. A flat or tilting wall bracket requires a larger area of flat wall surface for installation, and this can restrict the places in a room where you can hang the TV. However, with many of these articulating mounts you can store the TV against the wall in the corner of a room, and then pull it out to the correct position when you wish to view it.
This extra movement also makes it much easier to connect cabling to the rear of the TV, although the extra movement can make it more difficult to hide the cables and make it look neat and tidy.
These brackets are generally not as discrete as a flat wall mount - but that is a direct result of the added movement available to this type of bracket.
Articulating flat screen TV wall mounts provide you with the ability to alter the position of your HDTV.
In many cases, a fixed mount such as a flat or tilting bracket will be fine for most people. However, if you need to change the position of your TV, then you should consider one of these types which will allow some movement of the screen.
If you need more information on the other types of wall bracket, then use the links below and go to our overview of TV wall mounts.