We wall mount TVs in Tunbridge Wells and surrounding areas. We are happy to install your own TV or can supply and install.
We have installed hundreds of flat screen TVs on walls using fixed or articulated TV brackets & mounts. All images shown are installations we have carried out. We can provide a solution for most scenarios.
When installing a TV on a wall there are a quite few things to consider:
It goes without saying that the wall must be solid enough to safely take the weight of a screen especially when installing an articulated or full-motion TV bracket. It is possible to install a screen directly to a plasterboard wall with a flat to wall mount where the weight is spread across a larger area. If not you can use longer fixings to get into the solid wall behind plasterboard studwork.
TIP If your building or refurbishing the room then consider installing extra studwork that could be used to support a TV bracket or a ply panel behind the plasterboard that can safely take the weight of the screen.
TIP Makes sure there are no pipes or electrical wires in the mounting area. We use stud detectors and a little commonsense before drilling holes !
Most TV brackets and mounts come with wall plugs and coach bolts designed to fix the screen to a solid brick wall. Plasterboard fixings are available separately from hardware stores. You may also need longer screws or coachbolts to get into the brickwork behind the wall. We have used chemical fixings to get a reliable fixing and even installed a metal plate behind a wall for a large heavy screen we installed at a pub.
There are three main types of TV bracket and TV mounts. Click on the mount type to see our current range.
Fit flat to the wall. There are slim and super slimline versions to get the screen as close to the wall as possible.
Tilting TV brackets
These allow a small forward tilt adjustment which is useful if the screen is mounted high on a wall.
These allow for the screen to angle into the room and some tilt. The standoff distance varies between brackets depending on the angle required and the size of the TV. We have installed screens on brackets that extend up to a metre.
TIP Soundbars! Whilst most soundbars can usually be mounted on their own flat to wall bracket there are also a growing number of TV mounts and TV brackets with integrated soundbar brackets.
All TVs come with fixing holes referred to as VESA with spacing’s between the holes in the most popular formats as shown here:
Brackets come with a selection of screws and spacers designed to fit the most popular screens but not all. Be prepared for a visit to the local hardware store to buy longer screws or be prepared to hacksaw screws that are too long !
You will need to connect power and leads from the TV aerial, satellite dish or set top box or bluray players. Many screens now come with a separate connection hub which can be installed away from the TV or in the space behind the TV.
Cables can be run loose between the kit, power and other devices. This is a cheap but rather untidy solution.
Cables can be concealed in plastic trunking between the kit and the devices. Plain white or coloured decorative trunking can be used depending on requirements.
In the wall
If you want to achieve a more floating look then cables need to be hidden from view.
If it’s a stud wall its often possible to run cable in the cavity behind the plasterboard. If it’s a solid wall then the wall can be “chased”. We usually use a wall chasing tool attached to a hoover that helps to minimise dust. Cables are either installed in the chase or in a plastic conduit which enables cables to be run retrospectively assuming its big enough. We generally install brush entry and exit faceplates to tidy things up. The chase can then be filled and decorated ready for the TV to be mounted.
Through the wall
Sometimes its easier to run the cables through the wall and back in again, for example if the TV backs on to a garage or outside wall it might be less disruptive to drill an entry and exit hole for the cables. Ensure they are adequately protected in plastic or even metal trunking.
TIP Power ! As TVs and TV brackets get slimmer you will want to get the TV as close to the wall as possible. We see many installs where a 13amp socket is fitted behind the TV. When you take into account the depth of the socket and plug it generally means packing the screen off the wall and losing the flat to wall effect somewhat. Consider installing a fused or switched outlet plate or extend the power cable and run in the conduit to the nearest power point which is usually at the equipment position.
If you’re connecting a set top box or dvd player etc to the screen then make sure the kit is within range to use compatible length cabling. Kit can usually be hidden in a cupboard or in a unit out of view. We sell IR extenders that enable control if kit is out of remote control range.
TIP On new builds and refurbishments we recommend centralising equipment in a hub position for distribution to the TV points. This allows for a more minimalist appearance.