Should you Place your TV on a Stand or Mount it on the Wall?

Should you Place your TV on a Stand or Mount it on the Wall?

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Last Updated on December 21, 2022 by Johann Holsinger

To use a TV stand or to mount on the wall?

You have to make a lot of decisions when owning a TV. From the type of TV, the brand, and the TV size, you need to decide where to place your TV in the house, and how to position that beauty.

Placing your TV on a stand or mounting it on the wall seems not a big question. However, a lot of factors come into place when placing your TV: future locations, TV size, furniture, wires and cables, future entertainment upgrades, and more.

Back when TVs were bulky, homeowners did not make a lot of fuss about placing their TV. As long as there is a tabletop, you may place your TV without worries.

But as TVs got slimmer and flatter, innovations pave the way for different space-saving possibilities.

From cabinet boxes, you can now mount your TV on the wall with all the flexibility of changing your viewing angle.

You can now hide your TV inside a cabinet and pop it like a magic rabbit from a hat with a TV lift mechanism.

Today, you can move your TV to any place with the help of rollers. And with the many options to place your TV, we can understand how overwhelming it is to decide where your TV should go.

So should you place your TV on a stand or mount it on the wall? Here’s a comprehensive guide we prepared to make your decision easier, baby!

TV stands vs TV mounts Introduction

Is a TV stand better than a TV wall mount?

TV stands offer some convenience before TV wall mounts.

A stand requires easy installation without needing to drill holes. All you need are the components included in the kit, and just assemble it and attach the TV.

No need to measure TV height because it’s set in stone unless you get a pole TV stand mount with height adjustment features. And the addition of floor screw mounting for earthquake protection.

Another reason TV stands are better than TV wall mounts is you can easily access cables when needed.

If you are constantly plugging and unplugging cables, you need not hide them behind the walls. The cable system in the TV stand would be enough to tidy them up.

If you need to move your TV at one time or another, a rolling TV stand will be your best friend. It will solve your mobility needs and come with you wherever you go. You can bring your TV to the patio or relocate it to any room whenever you want to get away.

Media shelf in Vivo STAND-TV03E for mobile TV

Why is a TV wall mount better than a simple TV stand?

Many homeowners prefer TV wall mounts to TV stands because of their space-saving impact. You do not need any furniture to hide your TV.

Also, it maximizes the space in your room by having the TV on your wall. You can dedicate space to more important things or simply carry on with the minimalist look.

Other than dinner time, we love the TV wall mount flexible options for movement. You can choose a fixed TV mount, a tilting/ swiveling mount, or a full-motion TV mount.

Imagine not needing to move your bracket to a different place where you can always adjust it to face the TV in your desired position, depending on if you are at the dining room table, cooking in the kitchen, or laying on the sofa.

Also, we love TV wall mounts because they keep our TV cords away from crawling children’s and pets’ reach.

Wall mounted TV on a dark room

When to use a TV stand?

You can use a TV stand for different purposes.

  • For presentations
  • To remove bulky console tables
  • For future relocation of TV
  • When there are no pets or children around
  • When you do not want to drill holes
  • To utilize empty spaces

TV stand over a tabletop

When to use a TV wall mount?

A TV wall mount goes for different reasons too.

  • To save space
  • To keep a minimalist interior
  • For added flexibility
  • For a steady TV spot in the room
  • To keep a center point in the room
  • To keep TV away from children’s or pet’s reach

Fixed TV wall mount for a living room

Types of TV stands or wall mounts

Types of TV Wall Mounts

If you are looking for the most basic type of TV mount, it should be the fixed TV wall mount. It has no other movement options. But with a low profile, this TV wall mount takes the least space among other TV wall mounts.

The tilting TV wall mounts are fixed in one place but have limited flexibility. You can only tilt it to an extent and with no side-to-side movements.

The full-motion TV wall mounts are the most flexible wall mount and can do it sideways! It tilts, swivels, and extends.

Depending on the model, the longest extension distance we have recorded goes about 47 inches from the wall.

And from this extension, you can still fold it with its pivoting arm. This part makes every viewing angle possible.

One type of unique wall mount goes specifically over the fireplace. You can pull this mount down to your desired position even if you are watching from the fireplace.

Some of these mounts have full motion capacities and can also attach a soundbar underneath.

Articulating mount mounted on a metal wall

Types of TV Stands

TV stands also have a lot of options. 

Some TV stands come with an entire piece of furniture. But most homeowners prefer fixed floor TV stands.

These stands, unlike cabinet TV stands, are not bulky but can take media and game consoles. These stands can also be your minimalist option, as what you see is what you get.

Some TV stands are mobile. They have lockable caster wheels, and some have space for cameras on top, aside from the AVR shelves.

These movable TV stands work primarily for office presentations. But you can also use them at home, especially if you want to bring your TV to your patio or anywhere outdoors.

Some TV stands did not ditch the console table but allows you to place them on tabletops. It blends the TV with the entire table and decorations as your room’s focal point.

Mobile Vivo STAND-TV03E TV stand at home office

 

Design

Design is an essential factor when deciding between a TV stand or a TV mount. Aside from creating a focal point for the TV, design makes up the overall integrity of a TV bracket. From stability to protection to comfort, its engineering is responsible for making our watching experience satisfactory.

In general, pick something black or white depending on your interior design. Black doesn’t stand out and improves motion video quality by not interfering with colors displayed on the TV.

Wall mounts

Wall mounts have evolved from basic to highly flexible and to highly ergonomic. 

The most basic design only has the base directly attached to the wall, following stud spacing requirements for – housing standards for American homes. 

There are single-studded wall mounts too. The good thing about wall mounts is they are mountable even without studs.

You only need the right fixings to set it up on drywall if you have no other option.

For wall mounts that you can move or adjust,  here are the other features you should know:

  • A locking mechanism to secure the TV in place
  • Detachable mounting plates
  • Tilting or swiveling mechanism
  • Pivoting arms for adjusting angle positions
  • Cable management systems
  • Universal mounting hole pattern

Simple wall mounting TV setup

TV stands

TV stands also have evolved from cabinets to tabletops to floors. But basically, TV stands compose of adjustable stands, shelving options, tilting or swivel options, and cable management.

Although, adjustment features to desired viewing angles can be limited if your TV stand is fixed.

Stands can either be tilting or swiveling. Having both is unlikely if the bracket comes with two detachable adapters.

Bases of TV stands can either be metal or tempered glass. Flat metal bases are designed to avoid tipping as they can balance the TV weight and distribute weight better on the stand.

Some bases come with beams instead of flat bases. If they are made from light metal, they may have a chance to tip. But this type of base would do if it has lockable caster wheels or a screw-fixing point.

Fitueyes TT103701GB tabletop TV stand for bedroom

Which has Better Design?

Both options have engineering designs that are appropriate for their purpose. TV stands for the floor and fixed or adjustable mounts for the wall. 

The answer to this question depends on your purpose. And how you get satisfied with your mounting option depends on many factors. Besides, a lot of issues are already addressed by having different types of mount.

For wall mounts that need to be over the fireplace, the engineering solved everything with a pull-down TV mount.

For multiple viewing angles, the flexibility and adjustments were engineered effectively for even high-end architectural homes built by some of the best builders in America.

For portability needs, you can use a rolling TV stand. All you need is to take note of your preference, and you’ll probably have that mounting option on this page.

Mantel Mount MM750 Pulled down and flat on the wall

Movement & Flexibility

Wall mounts

Depending on the TV wall mount type. If you have a fixed TV wall mount, you cannot tilt, swivel, pull, extend, or rotate the bracket. This limitation will surely bring glaring issues if you have an LCD [1].

A tilting TV wall mount has a higher profile than a fixed TV wall mounts to give space for tilting.

These wall mounts have no swivel options. Most tilting wall mounts use dual stud installation, which makes swivel movement impossible unless it has extendable arms.

Wall mounts with extendable arms go into a full-motion category.

Depending on the model, it may tilt, swivel, extend, rotate, and fold. A lot of homeowners favor these wall mounts because of their flexibility.

TV stands

TV stands have a different range of motions too. But basically, most of them tilt. If one does not tilt, it should swivel.

We have not found any TV stand that has a fixed bracket on a stand.

If the TV bracket tilts and swivels on the stand, it should be using a detachable mounting plate instead of one with detachable adapters. It is seldom to find this type of TV stand.

If you see a bracket that holds a TV with two adapters from both sides, expect to probably have a tilting TV stand.

For low-profile installation, you will not need swiveling brackets on a TV stand when you place it next to the wall. There will be no room for the bracket to swivel too far, as it’s probably only a few inches from the wall.

Fitueyes TT307001MB mounted on a bedroom

Which is more flexible?

When it comes to selecting a wide range of adjustments and flexibility options, we’d always go for TV wall mounts, specifically for the long-extending full-motion suckers.

Installation

Wall mounts

One distinct difference between TV wall mounts and TV stands is the need to drill holes to install a TV wall mount.

Other than that, you would still have to find the mounting height for a TV wall mount. Also, you have to check your wall.

There are different procedures if you mount to a concrete wall or only drywall without direct fixing to timber framing. You will need appropriate fixings for this.

Once all the considerations have been addressed directly to your front door! You can start attaching the TV to the mounting plate and the bracket to the wall.

TV stands

TV stands are easier to install. You do not have to worry about mounting heights or drilling into your walls. 

You do not have to think about your wall type. You only need a few tools, like a screwdriver and an Allen wrench.

When installing the TV into the TV stand, you only have to assemble the stand and then hang the TV on the bracket with a small amount of gravity.

Which one is easier to install?

We’ll give this point to TV stands.

Whether a rolling, fixed, or tabletop, any TV stand is easier to install than a TV wall mount.

You still have to think about mounting height, drilling holes, leveling your TV, and even setting up in-wall cable management when you mount a TV on the wall.

An easy to install tabletop TV stand

Space Requirement

A TV stand would take up more space in the room than a TV wall mount.

Because a TV wall mount will not take up floor space directly, using the wall space is a wiser decision if you want to save more space or if you prefer the floor to be empty.

However, be careful when using extendable mounts. Make sure to flush them when not in use, especially if extending takes up some walking space in the house.

Space saved by mounting TV on wall

Cable Management

Wall mounts

TV wall mounts use various cabling system types depending on the model.

The cable management systems used in TV wall mounts are cable tracks, brackets, or hooks. Either way provides a space to route the TV cables neatly on the TV mount.

However, any of these cable systems would require a separate cabling system in-wall or on-wall.

Most homeowners, especially those who want to keep the minimalist style, cut open wire feeds in the walls to hide TV beneath the wall coverings.

TV stands

Most TV pole stands come with cable management systems not only to keep TV cables out of sight but prevent them from dangling and creating a potential hazard. 

Most TV stands use vertical rails mounted on the sides of the stand. Some cabling systems go at the back. 

Either way, it helps the wires and cables out of sight. And this option always looks neat.

The basic default factory shelf stand will not have any cable management.

Which one makes a tidier setup?

Both types of mounts can create a more discreet organization of cables and wires.

Also, this depends on how you manage your wires when they go out from the cabling system of the mount or stand.

Safety

Wall mounts

If your family includes children or pets, you will appreciate mounting your TV on the wall.

A lot of homeowners consider their pets or kids to avoid hazards.

Aside from the safety locking mechanism, no other safety features go for wall mounts.

But being able to mount on the wall alone is already a safer mounting option than having the risk of TVs tipping or losing balance on a TV stand.

TV stands

Although TV stands look less safe than wall mounts. When you install their bases and stands properly, they offer a secure hold for your TV if it has a screw option for fixing down.

Most TV stands have a maximum load rating. Make sure to purchase one within the range of your TV weight.

Also, TV stands have anti-tip straps that you can use for added safety. Ensure to use the right hardware to fix those straps.

Lag screws and drywall anchors work on a dedicated wall type, so do not mix information up.

Graphic animation of pet going over TV on tabletop

Which one is safer?

TV wall mounts, no doubt. Just make sure you use the right fixings for your wall type. Also, do not go over your TV mount or stand’s weight capacity.

TV Stand vs a TV Wall Mount: Which One to Choose?

Well, it all boils down to your preference and priorities.

But if you are still undecided and considering the factors mentioned above, the best way to mount your TV would be on the wall.

When installed properly, it could provide TV mounting integrity that could last for tens of years, including the mounting aesthetics that blend with your interior to give you more space and viewing positions.

Mounting TV on a wall from behind

More information:

  1. Prevent TV Placement Regret With These 12 Tips published by https://www.cnet.com/tech/home-entertainment/prevent-tv-placement-regret-with-these-12-tips/

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Hi, my name is Johann Holsinger, here at mountyourbox.com I share all of the tips and tricks I have professionally learned to help you set up your ultimate home entertainment system.