From deciding that you want to buy a new TV, to finally turning it on to watch your favourite movies, TV shows, sports, and the news, there are several steps in between. Some of them might be obvious, such as deciding what screen size you need, what kind of features you want, and what brand of TV you need to pick. But there are some smaller things to also look out for, such as how you want to place your new television.
We’ve already covered a few of these more important topics, including what you need to know before buying a television and why you should audition your TV before you go ahead and buy it. Now, in this guide, we’re going to talk about an often-forgotten step, but one that’s important in the larger scheme of things — how to position your TV.
There are two major choices here: wall-mounting and stand-mounting. In this guide, we’ll explore the advantages and disadvantages of both methods of mounting your TV, and help you decide which of the two is best for you.
What is a stand mount?
The easiest and quickest way to set your TV up, stand mounting or table mounting involves putting your TV on a flat surface. This is usually a TV stand or table of moderate height, which will raise the TV to a reasonable level for you to watch. Most flat-screen TVs today — whether LED, OLED or Plasma — come with a base stand, which holds the TV upright and steady. This can either be a wide base with a single stem, or legs on either end of the bottom.
These are often the easiest to install, and can be done at home quickly with basic tools. If you have a table or TV stand already in place, you can simply place the TV onto it and get going immediately. The TV remains stable atop the stand, and you can also manage the distance from the wall, cabling, and other equipment to use with the TV easily as a result.
When should you use a stand mount for your TV?
Maintaining a reasonable distance from the wall behind the TV makes it easier to access ports at the back of the TV, and the stand will often have shelves or storage to place other equipment such as a set-top box, Blu Ray player, gaming console, or soundbar. You can also quickly and easily move your TV when needed; this helps in a number of scenarios, such as cleaning, repositioning for viewing angle, or shifting it to a new room.