The 10 Best Ceiling TV Mounts
How To Mount Your TV
The first thing to do is inspect the TV you're going to be mounting.
Mounting your flat-screen TV to the ceiling might make you nervous. After all, you spent quite a bit of money on that set, and putting it up high just looks more precarious than attaching it to the wall — and the last thing you want is to end up in the ER wearing your TV as a hat.
Mounting a TV to the ceiling can be just as safe as putting it on the wall, however — provided you do it correctly.
The first thing to do is inspect the TV you're going to be mounting. They're not all identical on the back, so make sure the hardware you bought will fit before you start drilling holes.
Also, make sure that the spot you've chosen is suitable. This is important, as you don't want to get halfway through the job and realize that there's not an outlet anywhere near where the TV is being placed. Find a spot that's both comfortable for viewing and convenient for installation. Remember to leave room for accessories, if you use them.
Once you've got a general area staked out, break out your stud finder and find a beam. This is important, as you don't want to anchor it to drywall, unless you want to find yourself eventually sweeping your TV off the floor.
You'll likely have to drill into the beam, as it's going to be hard to screw the hardware in without pilot holes. You can also drill holes to run wires though if you want it to look extremely sleek.
Next, screw in the mounting plate where your holes are. The plate should be extremely secure when you're finished; even the slightest amount of give is unacceptable.
Connect the brackets to your TV, and then assemble everything together. Test the tightness of the installation again, with the same zero-tolerance approach for wiggling.
On the other hand, if things seem a little loose, be sure to offer your mother-in-law a seat under the television...
Is the Ceiling Really The Best Location?
Finding the right spot to put your TV is as much an art as it is a science. So, before you start putting holes in your ceiling, it's worth asking whether the ceiling is even the best place for it. Let's look at the pros and cons, shall we?
One of the biggest things that can ruin your watching experience is glare from the sun. While it's certainly possible to still get a glare on a ceiling-mounted TV, it's less likely, as you can usually place the set higher than where light comes through your windows.
It may be worth your while to just hire a professional to install it, as that can save you a ton of stress and hassle.
Also, the further you sit from the screen, the harder it is to detect the differences in resolution. This can work either for or against you. If you put it in a position where you have to sit far away from it, you'll be sacrificing some picture quality. However, since ceilings are pretty wide-open spaces, you should have plenty of quality options in terms of placement, and many mounts have swivel arms that let you easily adjust the screen's location.
Speaking of those wide-open spaces, attaching your box to the ceiling should free up space on your walls. That's great if you have lots of art you want to display, or if you're just terrified of someone bumping into it.
Of course, that doesn't mean that ceiling-mounting your screen is without drawbacks. It's a pain to install, and it can be terrifying if you're not confident in what you're doing. You'll have to damage your ceiling as well, so it may not be ideal if you're planning to eventually move and want to get your security deposit back.
Whether or not to mount your TV to the ceiling depends on a variety of factors, but it's certainly convenient — once it's up, of course. It may be worth your while to just hire a professional to install it, as that can save you a ton of stress and hassle.
Or you could just put a mattress underneath it. Your call.
Dangers of Too Much TV
You already know that spending time watching the boob tube is bad for you. But just how bad is it, really?
Watching TV can contribute to a sedentary lifestyle, which in turn can lead to blood clots, heart disease, and more. It's easy enough to let an entire day go by without exercise when you don't have multiple seasons of your favorite shows to watch, so if you struggle with motivation, you might want to limit your time in front of the screen.
If you can use it to unwind without going overboard, knock yourself out.
Also, watching late at night can interfere with your sleep patterns — and we're not just talking about the "one more episode before bed" phenomenon. All of that artificial light tells your brain that it's daytime, so it starts to suppress the production of melatonin, thereby throwing off your circadian rhythm. It's basically self-induced jet lag.
All that being said, there are some reasons to consider keeping your TV around.
Being able to curl up in bed and retreat into the warming glow of your favorite programs is obviously a fantastic stress reliever, and we know what stress can do to the human body. If you have a stressful life — and you're responsible with your viewing habits — then a little TV might help.
Plus, watching TV is enjoyable, and a good way to spend time with your family. Having shared shows to watch can deepen the bond between you, as well as provide some fun go-to inside jokes.
Ultimately, whether or not to bring a television into your home depends on your situation — and your self-discipline. If you can use it to unwind without going overboard, knock yourself out.
We mean that figuratively. If you're passing out every time you stand up, it may be time to cut back a little.