Anyone who has seen the new plasma TVs have found them to be far superior over the television sets of prior generations. One of the best improvements is the ability to have a much larger screen yet be so thin. But with this great innovative design comes some new design dilemmas. Where do I install my new big screen? Do I mount it on one of those nice custom TV stands, or do I hang it on a wall bracket? This article details some views, both positive and negative, for both considerations.
The TV stand is a great way to display your new television especially if you have a large room capable of assimilating another large piece of furniture. Most stands have been engineered to fit into a piece of traditional furniture similar to a sideboard or low chest of drawers. In reality, it is possible to use any large type of chest or bureau to become your new plasma TV stand.
There are several TV stand mounting brackets that have been designed for this type of application. Some hard mount to the back of the piece of furniture and become a fixed stand with the ability to swivel and tilt to accommodate the seating arrangement of the viewers in the room. Other TV stands are more of a freestanding device that permits the user to place the plasma TV upon the cabinet. The third most popular design features hardware that mounts within the cabinet and conceals the plasma TV when not in use, then with a push of a button a hidden door opens on the top of the cabinet to reveal the slowly rising plasma TV coming to a stop at the desired viewing height. The stand that utilizes all three of these approaches are generally more expensive than the wall bracket.
The plasma TV wall bracket introduces a new viewing angle for many TV viewers. It raises the TV to a position high on a wall and allows people to view the TV from many locations in the room. Many of us remember our parents telling us to move out of the way for them to see what was on the television. Those days are veritably gone now, due to the utilization of the plasma TV wall bracket.
The wall bracket comes in five major categories, which are:
- Dual Arm Wall Mounting Bracket – a cantilever style of wall mount that allows the plasma TV to be mounted close to the wall or extended out with the ability to tilt and swivel and can hold up to one hundred fifty pounds.
- Flat Wall Mounting Bracket – a fixed wall mount that attaches the plasma TV to the wall in a position not unlike a framed painting or large photograph.
- Single Arm Wall Mounting Bracket – another cantilever style of wall mount that has tilt and swivel capabilities, but is unable to carry more than eighty pounds of weight.
- Low Profile Tilt Mounting Bracket – a tilting mount that allows the plasma TV to hug the wall. It is limited in the amount of tilt, usually not more than fifteen degrees, but it will hold up to one hundred fifty pounds of weight.
- Ceiling Mounting Bracket – a bracket that permits the plasma TV to be hung from a cathedral or flat ceiling with the ability to swivel and tilt the TV to the best viewing angle by the user.
The TV stand is more expensive, takes up a lot of space in the room, and sometimes takes a lot of time to order and have delivered due to custom construction concerns. The wall bracket is less expensive, can be attached to the wall in several different configurations as well as the ceiling, is easy to obtain, and for some people it is a do-it-yourself project.