Have you ever gone through the process of mounting your TV only to find that your brackets don’t align vertically with the TV, or your TV touches the wall before you have even tilted it? Well to explain what i mean, I will point out that there are currently 3 types of TV’s when it comes to what they look like on the back. If you own a flat screen TV, chances are it has a flat back, curved back, or irregular back. This will help you determine mount style or brand now that you know not all TV’s can mount the same way, or at least with inexpensive mounts that come with screws just too short for the job (especially if you own a Samsung curved TV that requires 2 – 35mm long screws and 2 – 40mm long screws). Inexpensive mounts do not usually come with loads of screws, but in fact, typically with 2 sizes length wise, short and stubby.
Well now that we know they are different, how can we tell the difference?
Below I have posted the 3 TV backs that we talked about today.
You will notice that with the irregular back TV, looking across the bottom of the TV you will see a line that looks like an indention across the back of the TV. That my good do it yourselfers is about a half inch difference from the rest of the back of the TV. If the bottom was indented it would be great, but regrettably, it is sticking about a half inch out of the back of the TV. This will interfere with Tilting mounts, and dont even think about a ultra thin mount, your TV would appear to be angled up slightly.
With a curved back TV (Most Curved TVs), you will want a tilt mount that sits away from the wall a little bit or a full motion or articulating wall mount. You may also find that not all curved TVs have a curved back. Some have flat backs and some are actually irregular. Take note of your curved TVs back type before purchasing your mount!
A flat back TV is the simplest and easiest to work with. With a flat back TV you can go as slim as you like provided your connection ports don’t point into the wall. If they do you will want a tilt mount with about 2 inches or more of clearance, and of course 90 degree swivel connectors for HDMI connections. The reason this is called a flat back is because if you lay your mounting brackets on the TV they will lay flat and allow full function of the tilt mount, and wont interfere with a ultra slim mount.
All in all, be sure to check what type of back your TV has before you purchase your mount. This can also help in planning for location. If you have some nice crown waist high for decor, and your TV has an irregular back, you wont want to cover the crown with the lower edge of the TV. A professional can assess the equipment intended for use by the customer and can have a solution within a few minutes for most problems that may arise. On the other hand, those of you doing it yourself may require a trip to the local hardware store for a couple 4 odd sized metric screws.
In whole, be diligent when mounting your TV. Do your research, understand that stud finders think waterlines are studs (location, location, location), and most of the things you don’t think about are what will make a task a project.