Purchasing a wall mount for your TV is not like doing the groceries, you can’t just walk up to a store or purchase any TV mount of your choice online without proper preparation, planning, and a clear idea of the wall mount you’ll be needing. If you haven’t done your research properly then you may end up making a mistake you’ll come to regret. In today’s guide, I’ll be telling you about costly mistakes you should avoid when buying a wall mount. 

Mistakes to avoid when buying a wall mount

As I had earlier said, buying a wall mount requires a lot of preparation and as such there are several things you should do before going ahead to purchase a wall mount for your TV. In this section, you’ll find some common mistakes people make when buying a wall-mount and why you should avoid them.

Inspect your TV before purchasing a wall mount 

Several people do go wrong in this aspect, they fail to check their TV set before going ahead to buy a wall mount. It’s a lot easier to mount modern TV types like Plasma, LCD, and LED because these TVs were designed to be mounted (they are light and have holes at the back where the mount should fit). Therefore, before buying a mount for your TV, ensure that it’s a modern television set and you can check that out by looking for a VESA sign on it. VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) shows that your TV meets the set guidelines for a standardised TV wall mount. 

So what should I do if I can’t find the VESA sign? It probably means that you are using an older model and your TV wasn’t designed to be wall-mounted. In such a scenario, rather than spending money and buying something that won’t work for you, it’s better to place the TV on a TV stand.

Measure your VESA size

If you have checked, and you can find the VESA sign on your TV. The next thing to do would be to measure your VESA size before going ahead to purchase your wall mount.

As I earlier said, VESA is a set of guidelines that are put in place to standardize the sizes of wall mounts to make it easier for consumers to determine the best type of TV bracket to use without stress. However, some TV manufacturers may become stubborn and place the holes at the back in positions that are different from the standard. In such cases, the TV manufacturer often produces TV brackets that go along with the TV.

It’s much easier to look for the VESA size in the instruction manual that came with your TV or you can check online. But let’s say the worst-case scenario should happen and you no longer have access to the instruction manual or the Internet. If that should happen, it’s also quite easy to measure your VESA size and I’ll tell you how. In measuring your VESA size, all you have to do is to measure the horizontal and the vertical distance. Since most of the hole patterns at the TV backs are square, that means the horizontal and vertical are equal. Sometimes the holes can be rectangular. Hence, you’ll have to measure your VESA size before selecting a wall mount so that the wall mount will securely hold your TV and it’ll be well fitted on the wall.