At Blog Cabin 2011, an existing circa-1905 fireplace mantel was already on site, and the TV electrics and cable for the mounting wall were predetermined and wired during to the remodel. But not all DIYers will be remodeling the TV room to accommodate a wall-hanging unit. If the wooden fireplace mantel and the TV that will fit inside it need to be researched and purchased, the following variables may be considered during research.
Locate the Mantel: If the TV is already chosen, take TV measurements and research the size of mantel needed. Research for a wall mounting mantel may include, but is not limited to, architectural salvage suppliers, old country antiques shops, and online retailers and auction sites. Used mantels range in price from $75 to more than $500.
Locate the TV: The TV variables to consider when shopping for a wall unit may include, but are not limited to, type (LCD, LED, HD, 3-D and plasma), size (measured diagonally), weight, flat-screen, make and model. Do some homework before shopping.
Choose a TV Wall Mount: While researching online, include in the Web search "TV wall mounts." There are so many wall mounting variables and options from which to choose. These may include, but are not limited to, single arm versus dual arm articulation, tight collapse profile, single stud mount versus dual stud mount and range of motion (tilt, swivel and extension from wall). Design and construction, material, finish and ease of installation are just a few more variables that will impact the decision. The smaller the TV on the wall, the simpler the choices.