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How to accessorize your TV today

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Want to polish your entertainment system so it looks sharp, messy cables are untangled or hidden, and components are close at hand? Omnimount has always underscored the importance of safely – and stylishly – integrating technology into the home. Take a look at our colorful e-book, How to Accessorize Your New TV, for ideas. Explore a variety of rooms with mounted TV solutions and see how the right accessories make any space more functional and fashion-forward.

Mounting your TV on the wall is a great way to prevent a potentially dangerous situation, especially if your TV will be used in a high-traffic area or in a household with kids and pets. Choose between fixed, tilt, full motion, or interactive mounts. To get the most out of your media room, be sure to pick a spot to mount your TV that’s near electrical outlets.

After your TV is mounted, here are four steps to adding style to your space:

  1. Make sure you’re not putting stress on cables – stretching, sharply bending, or setting heavy objects on them can damage the wires, causing signal failures that affect sound and picture quality. If insulation is frayed or worn, replace the cable.
  2. Add an AV wall shelf to hold components: A sleek wall shelf is a great solution to hold a soundbar, satellite/cable box or gaming console near the TV.
  3. Manage loose cables: Cable management is an important final step. Not only will it create a pro-quality finished look, but it’ll also secure cables that could otherwise be pulled out or tripped on.
  4. Speaking of cables, label them so it’s easy to identify what goes to the TV, speakers, and components. (A bread bag ring and indelible marker is fine, but so is a fancy label maker.)

Have questions? OmniMount has you covered! Call our 24/7 customer care team at 1.800.MOUNT.IT.

How to Keep Technology From Taking Over Your Space

Guest post by Bryn Huntpalmer, editor for Modernize and Her Own WingsTips to hide your TVThese days most families have a TV in their living room but many parents are also becoming more and more conscientious of how much screen time their children are getting. A great compromise is to incorporate a television in a way that doesn’t make it the center of attention.

Ditch the Entertainment Center

Entertainment Centers are bulky, unnecessary and have a tendency to make the television the center of attention in a living space. So ditch that oversized cabinet and replace it with a wall mounted solution. Create a gallery wall by adding your personal touches around the TV to keep the eye from focusing on a television that is powered off.

Hide the TV

There are so many clever ways to hide your television these days. Options range from hidden compartments in the wall, mirrors, paintings or even mock shutters.

One of many clever ideas to conceal your TV

One clever idea to conceal your TV, via Trumark Homes

 

Rearrange the Space

When deciding where to put your furniture feel free to step outside of the box and create a setup that doesn’t center around the television. A great way to accommodate this type of set-up is to mount your TV on a swivel mount so the television can adjust to the furniture rather than the furniture accommodating the TV.

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OC80FM, via OmniMount

For more home ideas and inspiration please visit Modernize.com.

How do you integrate technology in the home? Have a creative solution? We want to hear it!

You have a new TV. Now what?

Dress up your displayChances are you have a friend, or maybe it’s you yourself, that purchased a new TV and tried to make it fit into an old setup. There are a lot of reasons to consider accessories when bringing a new TV home. Not only can a product like a TV mount improve the safety of your home theater, it can also help you achieve lifestyle objectives, like improving the versatility of the TV and the overall design of the room. If you or your friends are guilty of placing a brand new TV on an old piece of media furniture, know that there is another way! OmniMount is here to help with the new eBook: How to Accessorize Your New TV.

Is your tech safe and sound?

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Just because something is technical doesn’t mean it needs to look that way! OmniMount is a big proponent of integrating technology into the home in safe and stylish ways. In our latest ebook, How to Accessorize, we invite you to explore the rooms in a house in vivid color and see firsthand how the right accessories make every activity, be it working or relaxing, better. So bring on the safe, fashion-forward and functional solutions!

Truth in Mounting: An Installation Story by Merry Lake Merrell – Part 1

As part of OmniMount’s truth in mounting mission, we love to share real world stories of customers using our products. Merry Lake Merrell is the director of marketing & communication at the Arizona Technology Council and happens to be mid-renovation. Here’s her story!  

Merry Lake Merrell

Marketing Director Merry Lake Merrell

When I bought my new house I pledged to be more of a minimalist—and that meant no useless TV stand to collect dust while holding my flat screen and never-watched DVDs (that I unsuccessfully tried to sell on Craigslist… apparently the market for comedy gems like 2002’s Slackers is nonexistent).

A television mount was necessary but selecting one when I didn’t even know what features I wanted was daunting. Luckily, I had an industry connection that was able to gauge my needs and recommend a product to fit both my television and the criteria I had for getting the most use out of it.

I am renovating my new home to have an open-concept living room, dining room and kitchen, so having one television that could serve all three of those living spaces was important. Site selection for the television was easy: prior to even purchasing my home my contractor and I had mapped out placement of major items when we drew up the house plans.

My Scientific Site Selection

My Scientific Site Selection

Because of my current renovation project, I knew I had the luxury of having someone else install whatever mount I purchased—however I still wanted the installation to be quick and seamless. I would be pulling one of the workers off of a larger project to put up my TV—I didn’t want to waste his time.

Betsey is a close friend and also a marketing communications manager at Ergotron. She highly recommended the full motion OminElite OE80FM. Its website description seemed uber-sophisticated and its slick box made my palms sweat a little.

From the Ergoton website:

A premium mount to match the highly stylized form of thin, large format HD and UHD TVs. The OmniElite mounts are graceful, yet powerful. For home theater enthusiasts dropping a pretty penny on a new TV, the OmniElite Series is the best way to finish the look.

Home theater enthusiast? Eeek… I own what I believe is a pretty run-of-the-mill, Panasonic VIERA® 46″ which I bought on sale at Best Buy over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on a whim. I wouldn’t exactly describe my viewing habits of Real Housewives of NYC or any of my Netflix binges as ‘theater’ and my idea of surround sound is turning up the volume.

Betsey assured me that despite its description, this product was not too complex for me. It would be easy to mount, give me the viewing capacity I wanted and wouldn’t break the bank. So I decided to go for it. But part of me is wondering: did I get in over my head?

Did I Get In Over My Head?

Did I Get In Over My Head?

Check back next week for Part 2 of Merry’s installation story.

Truth in Mounting: Chris Heinonen’s Install Story

When editor Chris Heinonen decided to mount his TV on the wall, he asked OmniMount for a recommendation. It didn’t take long to find a great solution and Chris even offered to share his installation story. We’re all about truth in mounting, so here it is from the man himself!
 
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Technology Editor Chris Heinonen

I needed a way to hold a 32” TV and a sound bar in my bedroom. One of my jobs is to keep on top of these products for The Wirecutter and perform extended use testing on them. Putting a 32” TV and a sound bar in the bedroom will let me keep watching and listening to them. My wife also wants a TV back in the bedroom as we haven’t had one there in years.

The reason for not having one is that there isn’t a good place in the room to place it. To be able to see one from the bed it will need to be mounted to the wall and flexible enough to move away from the wall and rotate towards the bed. Laying flat against the wall will not work at all. I also want something that is flexible and easy to setup. Most people don’t swap out a TV and sound bar every 3-4 months but I do. Being able to do it on my own will make the job much easier.

ULPC-M TV Wall Mount

ULPC-M TV Wall Mount

I also need single-stud mounting due to the size of the wall it has to fit on. With lathe-and-plaster construction, I have little faith in my ability to find studs. This narrowed the list of mounts down and what I decided to go with is the OmniMount ULPC-M with the OCSBA sound bar attachment. It has a 200mm mounting plate perfect for 32” displays but can expand to 400mm if I decide to put a 42” LCD in the bedroom later on. It has a wide range of motion, making it easy to place it against the wall and pull back out. Integrated cable routing keeps it clean and away from the hands of my kids. I’d also seen a demo attaching the TV to the mount and with a small TV it looks to be a one person job.

A huge difference between generic mounts, which I’ve used in the past, and higher end OmniMount mounts is the ease of installation. As I open the package for the ULPC-M a handy mounting guide is sitting on top. After I locate two studs, a job made easier with a rare earth magnet stud finder, the install guide takes care of the rest. It adheres to the wall and shows exactly where I need to drill the two holes for the mount. An integrated debris catcher lets me do the job without leaving a mess behind. It takes no time to have the holes drilled and be ready to attach the mount.

OESBA Soundbar Accessory Mount

OCSBA Sound Bar Accessory Mount

Installing the full motion arm to the wall is the only part of the install where I had help. I could have installed it without my wife holding it up, but it would have been harder. Mounting with a socket wrench is quick with only two lag bolts for the install. Attaching the sound bar to the TV mount is the hardest part. You have to get the spacing of the OCSBA correct, and make sure to use the correct depth of screw to secure the TV without damaging it. Here OmniMount could create an online calculator where you select your mount, TV model, and if you’re using the OCSBA. Then it can tell you which screws and spacers you need to complete the mount. Make sure to consult your TV manual to get the screw size correct.

Even with a 32” TV and sound bar attached, installing both to the arm is easy for me. You lift the TV up, slide it over the mount, and it hangs in place. Secure it with two screws and it’s attached for good. When another TV or sound bar arrives for me to install, I can remove it and reinstall it myself. Most people will never have to, but I’ve used plenty of mounts where I cannot do that.

ULPC-M Cable Management

ULPC-M Cable Management

In use the ULPC-M is great. The motion is smooth and easy. The tilt control locks well so the TV doesn’t lean forward. I have no doubts about the strength of the mount to support what I’ve installed on it. The main issue is that the 32” TV and sound bar are the different widths, and now I need a 40” TV to make it look cleaner. Installation took 60-75 minutes from opening the box to being done. Power cables hide away inside the mount arms to maintain a clean look.

Aside from some small changes to make the install process even easier, I’m very happy with the ULPC-M. Every mount I’ve used from OmniMount so far has been easy to install and use, even when I have to keep changing out components. When I need another mount for something in the future, I’ll look to see what OmniMount has that will fit my needs.

About Chris: Chris Heinonen was a software developer but grew tired of the monotony, and now is Senior Editor at HomeTheaterHifi.com, Displays Editor atAnandTech.com, and a contributor to HDGuru.com and The Wirecutter when not chasing after two young sons. He writes his own reviews and articles at Reference Home Theater, and he talks on Twitter via @chrisheinonen.

Have an install story of your own to share? Send an email to pr@omnimount.com for your opportunity to guest blog on our site.

How To Mount Your Projector

Whether you’re a seasoned professional installer or an ambitious DIYer, when it comes to mounting technology on your wall or ceiling, everyone wants an easy solution!

That idea inspired OmniMount to create the PJT40 projector mount, an Electronic House Product of the Year and Technology Integrator Exc!te award winning mount designed to be intuitive and make the task of mounting a projector considerably easier.

If you’re planning on installing a projector and screen in your home theater, learn the ins and outs from Audioholics with their all-inclusive article, How to Install a Home Theater Projector and Screen from Start to Finish. And see for yourself how easy the install can be by watching OmniMount’s PJT40 install video on YouTube.

Happy mounting!

3 steps to improve your at-home TV experience

Technology Tell recently spoke with Betsey Banker of OmniMount about how to improve your at-home television experience. Betsey points out three basic steps that you should keep in mind when setting up your TV for optimum performance and enjoyment, along with several products her company offers to help you execute them. Read the full story here.

This is my install story

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Before pic: original plan to corner mount the TV

Two months ago I moved into a new place. After roughly five weeks of floor sitting I got a couch (don’t ask me to post before-before pics!) and it was no longer acceptable for my TV to continue sitting on the floor.

I felt pretty sure I could mount my TV with minimal hassle. Find a stud, drill some holes, install. Done and done. But I ran into a few problems along the way and eventually called in an expert coworker to help me finish the install.

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Don’t Fall Victim to a Falling TV

Having a huge flat screen TV is the pinnacle of home theater entertainment. The perfect place to catch a game, watch the kids play video games or round up the whole family for a movie night. But if your TV is sitting on a piece of furniture, it also comes with a hidden danger—the possibility that it can be bumped or tipped off its stand.

You might be surprised to know that in a three year span, close to 19,000 reported injuries resulted from falling televisions and 47% of TV tip-over related injuries happened to children under the age of five.

Luckily, there’s a mount for that.  

The safest way to ensure a flat panel TV won’t fall over, especially in high traffic areas, is to mount it to the wall where it’s safe from prying hands or rogue toys. A product like the EZMount OMH takes less than 10 minutes to install and has a locking system that prevents your TV from being bumped off of the mount. The fact that it’s UL certified offers added peace of mind.

Keep your most precious possessions safe with a simple, DIY project. See for yourself how easy the OMH is to install by watching our installation video or visit the OMH product page for more details.

Reference: November 2012 Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report “Product Instability or Tip-Over Injuries and Fatalities Associated with Television, Furniture, and Appliances: 2012 Report” https://www.cpsc.gov//PageFiles/135118/tipover2012.pdf