Historically, mounting a TV on a stand dates back to centuries of the TV’s invention, which however is not without its pros and cons.
Arguably, one of the greatest debates that really stand the test of time has to do with which came first, the chicken or the egg? And, it is not too dissimilar to perhaps the most hotly debated arguments in the electronics circle; should you put your TV on a stand or mount it to a wall?
This is somehow a tough decision, though not one that is irreversible. Still, careful consideration should be made when putting your new home entertainment system together.
The humble TV stand has been a staple of living rooms around the world for many years now, and there are good reasons for this.
However, wall mounting a TV also comes with its own dynamics and perks for any home. We will discuss them in this article and in the end, you should be able to decide what suits you best.
TV Stand or Wall Mount: Which Should You Opt For?
The Classic TV Stand
One of the most iconic features of a decent TV stand is that it supports your TV and also allows some storage space for your other electronics.
By maintaining a reasonable distance from the wall behind the TV you’ll be able to easily access the ports at the back of the TV.
Also, the stand may likely come with shelves or extra storage space to place other equipment such as a cable box, Blu Ray player, soundbar, or a gaming console.
In addition, you can quickly as well as easily move your TV if the need arises; this helps in a number of instances, such as cleaning, changing the viewing angle, or moving it entirely to a new room.
Most TV stands are designed to be simply stylish yet functional and suitable for any room. They can comfortably hold up to a 32-inch flat-screen panel and up to 50 lbs. Generally, TV stands are designed to meet the demand for low-cost but durable and efficient TVs.
If you are set on getting a TV stand, always remember that you shouldn’t just place a TV on any old piece of furniture.
You’ll want to ensure that whatever stand you are using is accurately rated for the weight of your TV.
Of course, you won’t want a kid running past it or a curious cat knocking it over and sending the entire system – including your new TV – crashing down to the floor.
Unfortunately, the bigger and heavier your new TV is, the harder it gets to have it firmly balanced on a stand. So, take note and be careful.
You probably might also want to consider the size, for instance, a 55-inch flat-screen TV will not fit perfectly on a TV stand, think about it.
When it comes to wall-mounting a TV, there are some things that that’s need to be put into consideration.
Perhaps the first thing you should think of when choosing to mount your TV on the wall is to ask yourself – do you own that wall?
If you are renting – in any shape or form – putting holes in the wall might be not only a bad idea, it could mean losing your security deposit in the long run.
Furthermore, wall mounting a TV always usually requires professional installation and expertise. This could significantly increase the cost and effort of getting a new TV.
It matters little who does the installation. What matters most is that you ensure the installation is secure and proper because the mount will be holding up your heavy (and probably expensive) TV.
Take a risk and install it poorly and you might be opportune to see the mount come loose, and the TV falling like the walls of Jericho. You’ll be very lucky if it doesn’t get damaged afterward.
In addition, you have to take extra precautions in locations where there are heavy vibrations that could trigger the mount to come loose. For instance, locations such as those near railway tracks, or railway stations and construction sites.
Unarguably, the most obvious advantage of wall mounting your TV is that it saves space. You do not require a table or any type of surface space to rest the TV on. This makes wall mounting the TV the most effective method for a small room or house.
Also, it can be aesthetically pleasing to behold since it gives a more minimalistic look and adds a touch of flexibility in terms of where you can place your TV. Additionally, you can also decide exactly how high you want to place your TV on the wall.
Also, wall mounting negates the problem of size; you no longer need to worry about the TV fitting in the space you have, as long as your wall is large enough for the TV.
What this means is that if you can afford a larger screen-size TV, you will not have to worry about placing it on a stand in your viewing room.
The focal point of the room
Mounting your TV to the wall ensures that it is the focal point of the room. This gives the room a cleaner, tidy look since all wires are conveniently masked behind the TV and are totally out of sight.
Mounting your TV to the wall may seem like an easier choice than the TV stand with the vast majority of new TVs now designed to be wall-mounted.
You’ll save a lot of floor space by having your TV wall mounted (ensure you have your extension cable handy), and also save extra bucks on purchasing a stand (if your TV doesn’t come pre-packaged with one) that is big enough and blends with your living room décor.
Also, you will not be limited when it comes to considering the size of a flat-screen TV you can have installed, other than the size of your wall!
In terms of your eye-line, you can place it exactly where you want, no longer bound by the height of the TV’s stand.
Furthermore, it just looks pretty cool and cutting-edge, less clunky and trendy than the trusty TV stand which is something your parents may have had, or still have.
If you have made up your mind on what you want either to wall mount your TV or place it on a stand, you can choose from our selection of high-quality TVs here.