Types of Video Display Mounts - dummies

By Danny Briere, Pat Hurley

Video display mounts come in several types for many viewing options. Different types of video display mounts enable you to put a TV in the ceiling, have it pop up from a cabinet, or swing it out of the way. In the case of projectors, for example, you may want to purchase a mount for either the wall or the ceiling.

Three basic types of video display mounts are available:

  • Flat-panel mounts: These are designed predominantly for plasma displays and LCDs. You will find versions for ceiling, wall, and pole mounts (for floor-based mounting). Flat-panel mounts can be static, pitch, and swing mounts. Static mounts don’t move. Pitch mounts pivot up and down. Swing mounts articulate up and down and side-to-side.

  • Projector mounts: Projector mounts are generally based around one design, but they tend to come with a lot of accessories that let you use the mount on a ceiling or wall, deal with a drop ceiling, and so on.

  • Automated solutions: For super-slick installations, projector ceiling lifts and pop-up plasma lifts hide your gear when not in use. You can also automate swing arms so that, with the press of a button, your TV swings into a preprogrammed position.

    If you’re thinking about an automated solution, a different level of expertise is typically required to manage the environmental, electrical, and other design elements of a successful implementation. These are generally not do-it-yourself projects. If you’re looking for help mounting a display, check with your home theater dealer or look on the mount manufacturer’s Web site for professional installers.