If you are looking to buy a flat panel TV wall mount, then the first thing you should do is understand the different types available to you.
In my introduction to television wall mounts, I identified three different types of wall mounts and gave a brief overview of each type.
However, if you’re still not sure which is the right type for you, then you might find it useful to have a more in-depth look at these mounts.
Therefore, in this article, I shall take a closer look at fixed or flat wall mounts.
Introduction to Fixed TV Wall Mounts
If you want one of the cheapest solutions, then a flat wall mount might be the best option for you.
This type of bracket, like the Sanus MLL11-B1 low profile flat panel TV wall mount pictured below, provides a basic method for hanging your HDTV on the wall. In many cases, it is all that you will need.
A fixed mount of this type doesn’t allow for much movement of the TV screen. The idea of this type of mount is that it is very discreet.
After installation, there will only be a small space between the back of the TV and the wall.
However, you won’t be able to tilt or swivel the position of the TV, as you can with articulating TV wall mounts. At most, some models will slide left or right.
The Sanus wall mount pictured below does allow the TV to slide from side-to-side, so allowing more flexibility than usual. However, not all fixed mounts will do this.
Therefore, you will only want to buy this type of mount if you are able to place the screen in exactly the right location for your viewing position.
As it requires a flat wall area, you are more restricted in the places you can use these. For example, they are no good for the corners of rooms as you cannot swivel the screen around.
If you only need to tilt the TV, to avoid screen glare for example, then a tilting wall mount for your TV might be a better solution.
Connecting the Cables
As this type of wall mount has a low-profile, one problem you might face is when you need to connect the cables.
You will have to consider if there is enough space between the back of the TV and the wall to install the required cabling.
If you have an AV receiver as part of your home theater setup, then you may only require one HDMI cable into the rear of the TV.
However, if you are going to need to run many different types of cable behind the TV, then you may find that this is difficult with a flat wall mount.
And, don’t forget about the power lead!
The ECHOGEAR EGLL1 Fixed TV Wall Mount, pictured above, will leave just 1.25-inches between the wall and the back of your TV.
So, even with a single HDMI cable, you can sometimes have a problem.
A standard HDMI connector will still stick out too far and you don’t want to bend the cable down too sharply in case you damage it.
In this instance you might need to buy an HDMI cable with a right-angle connector:
Or, if you want to use your existing cables, then you can buy a right-angle adapter which you can attach to get the same result.
These methods allow the cable to be connected to the rear of the TV without it sticking out too far.
One trick can be to connect all the cables while the TV is standing on the floor. You can then lift the TV and hook it onto the wall plate. Just be careful of the cables as you do this.
All of this will depend on the design and position of the connections on the rear of your TV. Some TVs have most of the connections at the side. In which case, you won’t have a problem.
Also, some Samsung TVs, like the Samsung Q90R 4K QLED TV, have an external box for connecting all the cabling for the television.
This is then connected by one thin cable to the rear of the screen.
Check Your Wall Type
The type of wall you are going to install on should also be considered.
For a concrete wall, you should have no issues. Although you should make sure that you use the right fixings for this type of wall surface.
For fixing to the wall studs in a drywall, you need to check if the mount you buy will fit. Most wall studs are 16 or 24-inches apart, and most wall mounts should be fine with this.
But, always check the specs of the mount before you buy.
A wall stud finder can be useful in these situations:
Then you can be sure of getting it exactly right.
For a complete step-by-step, take a look at my guide on how to mount a TV on the wall.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Flat Wall Mounts
- allows for the flattest possible profile against the wall
- discrete and hidden by the screen
- often the cheapest solution
- difficult to install or replace cables at the rear
- no options to adjust the position once it is in place
- cannot install in the corner of rooms
The flat wall bracket is the most basic way you have to hang your TV on a wall.
However, it also may be all that you need.
Don’t worry about getting the simplest type of flat panel TV wall mount if it will do exactly what you need it to.
There is little point in spending more money on a fancy articulating wall bracket if you really don’t need to move the TV for different viewing positions.
If you have a fixed viewing position in your room and you can place the TV in exactly the right position, then a flat wall bracket should be fine for your requirements.
About Home Cinema Guide
Paul started the Home Cinema Guide to help less-experienced users get the most out of today's audio-visual technology. He has worked as a sound, lighting and audio-visual engineer for around 20 years. At home, he has spent more time than is probably healthy installing, configuring, testing, de-rigging, fixing, tweaking, re-installing again (and sometimes using) various pieces of hi-fi and home cinema equipment.