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Monitor Mount Buying Guide

Mount and Optimize Viewing Angles for TVs and Monitors

This buying guide will help you:

  • Understand what a monitor mount is and recognize key features
  • Learn important questions to ask before selecting a monitor mount
  • Find the right sized mount for your TV or monitor
  • Compare the different types of monitor mounts available
  • Choose a monitor mount
dual monitor desk mount

Monitor Mount Basics

What is a monitor mount?

Monitor mounts are a popular device for mounting flat-panel TVs and computer monitors on walls, desks and ceilings for optimal viewing. They are ideal for home office and entertainment systems, classrooms, boardrooms, hotels, bars and restaurants.

monitor wall mount

Why do I need a monitor mount?

Now that high-definition flat-screen TVs and monitors are the norm, the demand to mount them on walls, desks and ceilings has become popular. Monitor mounts allow you to mount multiple displays and provide the best viewing angles for work or entertainment, and select models come with security features to deter theft.

computer monitor mount

Where are monitor mounts used?

  • Home/office workstations
  • Conference rooms
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Retail environments
  • Point-of-purchase areas
  • Information kiosks
  • Security stations
  • Instructional settings
  • Production studios
  • Home theaters
  • Bars and Restaurants
  • Entertainment Venues
digital signage conference room
restaurant home theater

Are monitor mounts hard to install?

No. Monitor mounts include the hardware to successfully install them on desks, walls and ceilings. Wall mounts require that you have a power drill, hammer and screwdriver, while desktop mounts are easily installed with the included wrench.

monitor desk mount

Top 4 Monitor Mount Features

1. Placement options

Mounts are available for permanent installation on walls, desks and ceilings. Rolling monitor carts are also available for temporary, flexible placement.

2. Convenient installation

Monitor mounts include all of the necessary hardware for easy installation.

3. A variety of viewing options

Choose from tilt, swivel or half/full display rotation mounts to optimize viewing angles, minimize glare and improve comfort.

4. Size and weight options

Monitor mounts are available in a variety of configurations to accommodate displays up to 105 inches and up to 350 lbs.

How to Choose a Monitor Mount: Key Questions to Ask

When selecting a monitor mount, there are a few questions that need to be answered.

  1. Where is your mounting location?
    Monitor mounts can typically be mounted on a wall, ceiling or desk as well as outdoor locations.
  2. What is your mounting surface?
    Monitor mounts include all of the hardware required and most come fully assembled for easy installation on walls, desks or ceilings. Depending on the mount, the included hardware supports mounting with timber or masonry construction, including wooden studs, cinder blocks, bricks and concrete.
  3. How many displays do you want to mount?
    Monitor mounts are available for a single display up to four displays.
  4. vesa mounting compliant logoWhat is a VESA pattern?
    In order to use any stand or mount that was not included with your monitor, it needs to be VESA compatible. That means having standard mounting holes allowing for any compatible display to be properly mounted. A VESA pattern typically is molded into the back of the display. Many smaller, cheaper or thinner monitors may not be VESA-compatible and will only work with the custom stands that came from the manufacturer. Make sure your mount’s VESA mounting hole patterns conform with those of your display.
  5. What is the maximum weight necessary to mount your TV or monitor?
    Be sure the monitor mount safely and securely supports the weight of your display. Again, reference the specifications to make sure the monitor mount will support the weight of your display.
  6. What kind of viewing adjustments do you need?
    Decide if you need to tilt, swivel or rotate your display. Monitor mounts can adjust to optimize viewing angles, minimize glare, improve comfort and reduce fatigue.
  7. Do you have enough clearance to mount your display?
    Wall-mounts require enough top clearance to attach the display mounting plate to the mount. Full-motion mounts require enough space for full movement of the arm.

Other Features to Consider

Security Mounts

If the display is located in a public area with unguarded traffic, such as a library, classroom or hotel lobby, securing a monitor it essential. Consider a mount that comes with a solid steel security bar that slides through the mounting brackets and is secured into place with an included four-position combination lock.

Outdoor Wall-Mounts

Outdoor monitor mounts are ideal for not only digital signage, but also decks, balconies, patios, swimming pools and anywhere else people watch a television set or monitor outdoors. The weatherproof steel frame, high-grade powder-coated finish, stainless steel hardware and wall plate covers are specifically designed to withstand the stress of repeated adjustments and outdoor use.

Monitor Risers

These risers provide flexibility in placing a monitor on a desktop for maximum comfort. Lifting your monitor frees up valuable space on your desk, table or counter at home, school or office.

Rolling TV/Monitor Carts

Rolling monitor carts offer flexible screen placement in rooms where installing a display mount on a wall is not possible or desirable. You have the ability to move the cart from room-to-room or locate to other rooms.

Monitor Mount Comparison Charts

Wall-Mounts

Ceiling Mounts

Desk Mounts

Fixed Wall-Mount Display Ceiling Mount Desktop Desk Mount
Fixed Wall Mount Display Ceiling Mount Desktop Desk Mount
  • Low profile keeps mount hidden.
  • Tilt and swivel adjustments for optimizing viewing angle.
  • Accommodates a wider range of display sizes than desk clamp mounts.
Tilt Wall-Mount Projector Ceiling Mount Desk Clamp Desk Mount
Tilt Wall Mount Projector Ceiling Mount Desk Clamp Desk Mount
  • Low profile keeps mount hidden.
  • Tilt adjustment to improve viewing angle.
  • Tilt and swivel adjustments for optimizing viewing angle.
  • Requires less space than desktop mounts.
  • Available for displays, laptops and tablets/smartphones.
Full Motion Wall-Mount
Full Motion Wall Mount
  • Full-motion articulation offers the most options for optimizing viewing angles.

Wall-Mounts

Wall-Mounts - Free floor space and increase available desk/table space in office applications.

Fixed Tilt Full Motion
Mount Location Wall Wall Wall
Tilt Adjustment -- Up to -15° to +15° -15° to +15°
Swivel Adjustment -- -- Up to -180°
Screen Level Adjustment -- -- Up to -5° to +5°
For Display Size 13 to 100 in. 13 to 100 in. 13 to 100 in.
Max. Display Weight up to 350 lb. up to 350 lb. up to 300 lb.
Installation Clearance
  • Requires enough top clearance to attach display mounting plate to the mount
  • Requires enough top clearance to attach the display mounting plate to the mount
  • Requires enough top clearance to attach the display mounting plate to the mount
  • Requires enough space for full movement of arm
Mounting Hardware (for wood and masonry construction) Included Included Included
VESA Compliant Yes Yes Yes
Advantages
  • Lowest profile; hangs closer to the wall than other mounts
  • Mount is hidden from view
  • Lower profile than full-motion mounts
  • Mount is hidden from view
  • Offers more adjustability than fixed mounts
  • Improved viewing angle for audiences below the display
  • Full-motion articulation for more adjustability than tilt mounts
  • Offers the most options for optimizing viewing angles
  • One-touch display adjustment for varied tasks throughout the day

Ceiling Mounts

Ceiling Mounts - Free up wall and floor space in digital signage applications.

for Displays for Projectors
Mount Location Ceiling Ceiling
Tilt Adjustment -30° 20°
Swivel Adjustment 90° 360°
Display Size 10 to 37 in. --
Max. Weight Capacity 80 lb. 55 lb.
Mounting Hardware (for wood and masonry construction) Included Included
VESA Compliant Yes Yes
Advantages
  • Pole extends from 11 to 21 in.
  • Universal design with four adjustable support arms to fit most projectors

Desk Mounts

Desk Mounts - Maximize desk/table space and offer easy one-touch adjustment for varied tasks.

Desktop Desk Clamp
Mount Location Desk/table Desk/table
Tilt Adjustment up to 30° up to -80° to +90° (or flex arm)
Swivel Adjustment 180° 180° (or flex arm)
Screen Rotation 360° 360°
For Display Size 10 to 32 in. 13 to 27 in.
For Laptop Size (select model) -- up to 15 in.
For Tablet/Smartphone Size (select model) -- 3.5 to 10 in.
For Display Weight (per display) up to 36 lb. up to 22 lb.
Max. Laptop Weight -- 11 lb.
Max. Tablet Weight -- 2.2 lb.
Mounting Hardware (for wood and masonry construction) Included Included
VESA Compliant Yes Yes
Advantages
  • Tilt, swivel and screen rotation for adjusting viewing angles
  • Available in single, dual and quad models
  • Accomodates a wider range of display sizes than desk clamp mounts
  • Tilt, swivel, and screen rotation for adjusting viewing angles
  • Available in single, dual, and quad models
  • Available for laptops and tablets/smartphones
  • Requires less space than desktop mounts

Choose a Monitor Mount

computer monitor wall mount

Wall Mounts

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Freestanding

monitor desk mount

Desk Clamps & Grommets

ceiling computer monitor mount

Ceiling Mounts

computer monitor riser

Monitor Stands & Risers

portable digital signage stand

Floor Stands

server room monitor mount

Rack Mount

Monitor Mount Glossary of Terms

C

Ceiling Mount
Ceiling monitor mounts suspend a flat-panel television, computer monitor or other display from the ceiling, which saves valuable wall, floor and desk space. They are ideal for home theaters, classrooms, boardrooms, hotels, bars and restaurants.

D

Degrees of Motion
The degree at which a monitor mount can swivel, tile or rotate to provide an optimal viewing experience.
Desk Mount
Desk monitor mounts are ideal for home/office workstations and support the mounting of multiple displays with a variety of sizes swivel options for the best viewing experience.

M

Maximum Weight Capacity
The heaviest monitor weight a mount can safely hold. Select Tripp Lite mounts have maximum weight capacities up to 350 lbs.
Minimum and Maximum Screen Size
The ability of a monitor mount to accommodate a screen size from a minimum of 3.5 inches to 105 inches.
Monitor Mount
Flat-panel TV and computer monitor mounts are popular devices for mounting displays on walls, desks and ceilings for optimal viewing. They are ideal for home office and entertainment systems, classrooms, boardrooms, hotels, bars and restaurants.
Monitor Riser
Monitor risers provide flexibility in placing a monitor on a desktop for maximum comfort. Lifting a monitor frees up valuable space on a desk, table or counter at home, school or office.

O

Outdoor Mount
Outdoor monitor mounts are designed for not only digital signage, but also decks, balconies, patios, swimming pools and anywhere else people watch a television set or monitor outdoors. The weatherproof steel frame, high-grade powder-coated finish, stainless steel hardware and wall plate covers are specifically designed to withstand the stress of repeated adjustments and outdoor use.

R

Rolling TV/Monitor Cart
Rolling monitor carts offer flexible screen placement in rooms where installing a display mount on a wall is not possible or desirable, and provide the ability to move the cart from room-to-room or locate to other rooms.

S

Scratch-Resistant Finish
Scratch-resistant powder-coated finish on monitor mounts tolerate frequent handling and blend with any décor.
Security Bar
A monitor mount that comes with a solid steel security bar that slides through the mounting brackets and is secured into place with an included four-position combination lock.

U

UL-Compliant
UL compliance means that UL (Underwriters Laboratories) has tested representative samples of a product and determined that the product meets specific, defined requirements based on the product. These requirements are often based on UL's published and nationally recognized standards for safety.

V

VESA Pattern
The VESA interface standard defines the distance in millimeters between the four mounting holes on the back of a TV or monitor (distance horizontally x distance vertically). VESA is a standard used for TV/monitor mounts and wall mounting systems, adapted by most brands.

W

Wall Mount
Wall-mount monitor mounts are designed to mount a TV or monitor on drywall, plaster, concrete and wood walls for optimal viewing.

The Tripp Lite Difference

We know you have many brands to choose from. On the surface, they may all seem alike. It's what you don't see that makes the difference.

With Tripp Lite, you get solid engineering, proven reliability and exceptional customer service. It's the way we've been doing business since 1922. It's the Tripp Lite difference.

Many of our ideas and innovations spring from collaboration between our product managers and engineers. Some of these ideas go on to become successful products with thoughtful, user-friendly features. We constantly refine our designs and manufacturing process to offer our products at the best possible value. At Tripp Lite, we believe you should not have to sacrifice features and performance for a cost-effective solution.

It's not a coincidence that Tripp Lite products are known for reliability. Adherence to ISO 9001 quality management helps us make the most dependable products in the industry. All of our products undergo rigorous quality control before they are offered for sale, and we test to make sure they will withstand the demands of everyday use. In addition, primary or third-party agencies verify that our products meet or exceed the latest safety and performance standards. Our commitment to quality allows us to back our products with industry-leading warranties.

Along with a warranty, every Tripp Lite product comes with our promise to help if you need us. Our Chicago-based support team is comprised of product experts who provide free assistance before and after your purchase. Whatever your question, help is just a call or a click away.

Tripp Lite offers quality products at a good value with responsive customer service. It's the Tripp Lite difference.

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