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 our introduction to television wall mounts, we identified four different types of wall mount and gave a brief overview of each type.
However, if you're still not sure which is the right sort for you, then you might find it useful to have a more in-depth look at these mounts, and assess the pros and cons of each.
Therefore, in this article we shall take a closer look at fixed or flat wall mounts.
If you want the cheapest solution, then a flat wall mount will probably 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, and in many cases it is all that you will need.
Aside from being the cheapest method, it is also the simplest type to install, and so if you are going to be hanging the TV yourself this can be an added advantage.
Don't forget, if you're not very confident using basic tools and drilling holes, then you might want to consider hiring a professional installer to hang the TV for you. Better safe than sorry!
The flat profile of this type of mount means that when it is installed, the TV will hide the mount itself and so it is probably the neatest and most discrete method. However, the fact that this type of mount keeps your TV so close to the wall can also present a problem.
Firstly, you will have to consider if there is enough space between the back of the TV and the wall to install the required cabling.
A flat wall mount can be an excellent choice to hang your TV with, but you must consider if your setup will present you with problems.
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!
Even with one HDMI cable you can sometimes have a problem. A standard HDMI connector will still stick out a certain distance 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 a right angle adaptor like the one pictured above - to use with your existing cables. This enables the cable to be connected to the rear of the TV without it protruding out too far.
All of this will depend on the design and position of the connections on the rear of your TV. Some TVs are better than others in this regard and you may not have a problem depending on the TV that you have.
Also, some of the more expensive HDTVs have an external box for connecting all the cabling for the television, and this is then connected by one thin cable to the rear of the screen.
This type of mount will also have no means of adjusting the angle of the TV screen.
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 also more restricted in the places you can use these - and you will have to avoid the corners of rooms.
The Sanus wall mount pictured above does allow the TV to slide from right to left, so allowing more flexibility than usual, however not all fixed mounts will do this.
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 will probably be fine for your requirements.
Follow the link below if you want a summary of the other types of wall mounts that are available to you.