Flat Panel on the Wall

Who is the fairest of them all.  Simple, the install which is chased into the wall.  A flat panel always looks best when sitting on a wall with no wires showing.  But how much effort is it?


The answer to this question depends on what stage of the build you are at.  If you're at first fix stage it's easy, but if you want to replace an old CRT in your already built house then you're going to create mess and have to redecorate.  Otherwise you'll end up with visible cables up the wall.  In my opinion, wires or cables that show just aren't acceptable.  You might as well stand your new LCD or plasma on a pre-bought base unit.

If you can put up with the destruction or are lucky enough to be at the stage when it's easy, here's how I did mine.  I have 1 freestanding 32" LCD in the master bedroom, but both lounges are wall mounted and the kitchen LCD hangs from a bracket.

Above is a picture of the mounting for my 42" Sony Bravia in the second lounge.  I was lucky enough to be at the first fix stage.  This made it easy.  All I had to do was get my cables to the right location, carve out a hole for my B&W centre speaker and mount the correct bracket.  Plaster board would then be put on top of the wooden frame.  If you are doing in this way, make sure there is still enough depth for the screen to fit the wall bracket.  I did it this way because it brought the Sony LCD closer to the wall.  It also meant the the plug sockets and cables were sunk into the wall.  This makes easier access and hides the cables better.


The picture above shows what the flat panel bracket looked like after the plaster board had been put on and the walls plastered.  Before I mounted the LCD I cut out a small square panel of  plasterboard where the cables come out.  You can't see it when looking from the side, but I found that extra space behind the LCD makes it easier to leave slack in the cables so i can pull it off the wall.  If you cables are to short and your TV to close to the wall you might have trouble connecting everything before attaching it to the mounting bracket.


Above is the Sony finally installed on the wall with the in-wall B&W centre speaker beneath and a glipse of a B&W XT2 in the far top left.  The Sony looks out dated already!  Luckily the bracket will take anything upto a 50" plasma or new LED LCD.  Problem is anything bigger and it will most probably start to cover the centre speaker, so no doubt I'll have hack a bit more plasterboard about to move the bracket up slightly.

Viewing Height

I spent days trying to work out the right height for my TV on the wall.  I concluded that the best way to work it out is sit on your sofa in a comfortable position as you normally would and get someone else with a pencil to mark on the wall where your eyes sit most comfortably.  If the screen is to high you'll get neck ache looking up at it, and if it's too low it's prone to danger.  Also think about the final look and the balance of your room.

Conclusion - is it worth the hassle?

Yes, I think it is.  Gives you loads more space in a room and makes things neat and tidy.  You can't knock it over accidently either.  The downside is upgrading to a different size TV.


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