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You've worked hard to get your new flat screen, now it's time to make the most of it and select the best mounting solution to optimise your viewing experience.

Howlo shows you "how to" in 5 easy steps.

  1. Check the back of your screen.
    You'll see four holes or screws there that will enable you to measure your mounting configuration. Plasma screen mounts are often further apart than those found on LCD screens. Leading brand names have stuck to the standards called "VESA standard" and plasma screens have never followed standard configurations at all.

  2. Know the weight of your screen.
    You simply need to know that the bracket you choose can hold the weight of your screen. If anything is going to go wrong, it’ll be where the bracket meets the wall – so use bigger bolts than those supplied with the bracket to secure your screen.

  3. Work out where you want to put your screen and think about how you want it displayed to improve usability and viewing.
    You can mount your screen on a wall, a ceiling or a desk using any of the following options:

    • Flush Mount or Static Mount
      This bracket positions the screen flush against your wall providing an elegant, space saving solution.
    • Tilt Mount
      A tilt mount is usually used when the screen is mounted higher than normal so that it can be tilted forward to eliminate glare. Often a slight tilt can make a significant improvement to the viewing experience
    • Swivel and tilt Mount
      Swivel and tilt mounts allow the screen to be orientated towards the user. This is a very forgiving method of installation as the swivel and tilt can any errors by moving the screen as required. These mounts are most often used in bedrooms and hotel rooms as the screen can be angle to enable better viewing from different parts of the room.
    • Swing Arms
      These are great for screens that need to be mounted in the corner of a room or when the screen needs to be viewed from different places in a room or area. Open plan spaces are ideal for swing arms, one simple nudge will swing the screen so that it can be viewed from the kitchen and then another will turn it back again, so that you can continue viewing from the lounge.
    • Ceiling Mounts
      Ceiling mounts are similar to Swing Arms in that they can also be used in corner areas. Typically they allow for a 360˚ rotation, so the screen can be viewed from multiple rooms or areas. Ceiling mounts should also be considered when there is limited opportunity for wall mounting, such as areas with glass walls/partitions or rooms that use thing dry walling.

  4. Install your selected mount.
    You can do this yourself or have a professional come in to do it for you. Once the bracket is secured, connect your screen.

  5. Enjoy your elegant and enhanced viewing experience.