When deciding between having your television wall-mounted or perched on a TV stand, there are some important variables to consider. This article will describe the pros and cons of each choice, and give you the necessary knowledge to choose the right setup for your home.
Pros and Cons of Wall-Mounted Televisions
With the advent of flat screen TVs the practice of wall-mounting has become more and more popular, for several reasons.
A wall-mounted television doesn’t require any kind of entertainment center or TV stand, and thus takes up no floor space. Also, being a flat construction it won’t stick very far out from your wall, meaning the airspace taken up is negligible as well.
Wall-mounted televisions are also very much in vogue, so your living room will be granted a level of class and sophistication simply by installing one.
As an added bonus, those apartment owners with rambunctious children or powerful pets won’t have to worry about any injuries from falling electronics caused by a bumped TV stand.
For those with apartments near railway/subway lines, be warned; a constantly vibrating wall can cause the gradual decay and eventual failure of a wall-mounted TV setup, resulting in a damaging fall.
Also, without a stand beneath it, a wall-mounted television that is hooked up to a surround-sound system, DVD-player or video game system will expose the audio/visual cables between devices. Some of these can be done away with by purchasing a wireless audio system, but for some devices, like DVD players, the technology to make them wireless just doesn’t exist yet.
Pros and Cons of Stand-Mounted Televisions
TVs placed on traditional stands may appear bulkier and less streamlined than wall-mounted TVs, but in reality offer more storage space and practical value.
A stand-mounted television has a place for you to put a DVD player, video game system, and even the base for a surround-sound system, while concealing the ugly cords, cables and other unsightly but necessary components.
Similarly, a TV stand can act as storage for movies, games, books, board games and other entertainments, making it the focal point of your game room or living room.
A stand-mounted TV, however, does take up significantly more room than a wall-mounted television, both on the ground and in the air. Those apartment owners with limited floor space might want to consider this fact when choosing between the two setups.
Also, a TV stand offers the possibility of accidentally knocking your TV over, causing damage to the TV at best and to yourself or someone else at worst.
The three most important factors to consider when choosing between a wall-mounted or stand-mounted television setup are these: how much room you have to devote to a TV setup, how much storage space you need for movies and the like, and whether any factors in your apartment could cause a TV mount to tip over or fall off a wall.
Either way you go, your TV will be securely mounted and allowing you to watch your favorite shows and play your favorite games.
Jordan Gaither: I’m a Communications major by trade, an artist by choice, a welder by day and a dancer by night (Okay, I made that last part up). Having lived in a succession of cramped, oddly-shaped apartments, I have a wealth of personal experience in apartment living, as well as arranging and decorating to maximize effect and livable space.