TVs can be mounted to walls. I have two of them mounted on articulating arms.
There are two points of concern:
- TV to Mount
- Mount to Wall
From TV to Mount ensure that:
- Mount can be bolted to TV
There are standard patterns (VESA) and bolt sizes that most TVs support. The mounting hardware should provide a bunch of different options (screws/bolts and mount points). Ensure that the connection between the TV and the mount is secure. If not, you may have to return the mount and get another one (this happened to me). In my case, the mounting pattern was OK, but the bolts did not work out, so I had to use a different model. The mounting pattern between the TV and mount must be capatible as well as the bolt or screws must be compatible (size and length). Usually the TV documentation will state what is supports as far a mounts and screw sizes. Older TVs may be problematic. This area wasn't as standardized in the early days (and has changed a few times) so definately check your TV model # for appropriate bolting pattern and bolt/screw sizes.
Ensure that mount can support TV weight. I can say that most TVs are getting lighter. I have a 125 lb mount supporting a 50" plasma and a 25 lb mount supporting a 42" LED. The LED TV weighs < 20 lbs.
Take into account the TV height and width prior to mounting so that it is centered on the wall and at an enjoyable viewing height. Also, some mounts cost more money but have more features like swiveling, tilting, extend and/or retract.
From Mount to Wall ensure that:
- Mount must be secured to studs or other solid infrastructure.
Usually the mount will come with some sort of lag bolts which will be used to attach the mount to the wall. Do not substitute hardware. Use a stud finder, do not guess. A solid connection will mean that the lag bolt will require some force to secure it. Do not over tighten. If the lag bolt is going in easily or with little effort I would be concerned that it isn't attached to secure infrastructure like a stud.
Consider adding an electrical box and cable outlet behind the tv as well. Otherwise, you will have a bunch of wires dangling from TV to floor. One can buy covers to hide the wires, but long term the connections would be better served behind the TV for clean installation.