FIREPLACE TV MOUNTING
Is It Safe To Mount My TV Over The Fireplace?
Yes. Fireplace TV mounting is safe. Most fireplaces come with a mantle which helps protect the TV from direct heat that may otherwise damage it. Most people don’t understand that there is usually a pipe inside the fireplace that contains the heat and smoke and this prevents the wall behind the TV from becoming too hot. Some brick fireplaces do not have this pipe but use the brick chimney wall itself as a shield. Our TV mounting service has mounted TVs above fireplaces for over 18 years with no issues.
Seven Reasons To Mount Your TV Over The Fireplace
- Aesthetic Appeal: By mounting the TV over the fireplace, you create a central focal point in your living room. This can give a sleek, modern, and organized look, especially if you’re a fan of minimalist or contemporary interior design.
- Space Saving: If you’re living in a place with limited space, mounting your TV over the fireplace can save valuable floor space. This is beneficial for those who live in apartments or smaller homes.
- Comfortable Viewing Angle: If the fireplace is not too high, mounting a TV above it can provide a comfortable viewing angle when seated on a couch or chair. This is especially true in rooms with high ceilings.
- Avoiding Clutter: With the TV above the fireplace, there’s less likelihood of having cables and other equipment cluttering your living space. It helps in maintaining a clean and clutter-free environment, which can be very appealing if you have a busy lifestyle and like to come home to a neat space.
- Entertaining Guests: When you have friends over, having the TV above the fireplace can create a cozy and engaging atmosphere. You can have the fireplace going while watching a movie or playing video games, which can be a unique and enjoyable experience.
- Combining Heat and Entertainment: During colder months, it can be cozy to snuggle up on the couch with the warmth of the fireplace and your favorite show or movie playing above it.
- Keeping Electronics Away from Children: If you have or are planning to have kids, mounting a TV higher can be a safer option as it keeps the TV out of reach of children.
Fireplace Niche TV Mounting
We have seen fireplace TV mounting projects with niches and cubbyholes approached in several ways. Most of our customers that have had their TVs installed by another installer have been overcharged for framing and adding unnecessary studs to their fireplace niche. We have seen large unsightly wooden studs sticking out from behind the TV and expensive unnecessary wooden frames that costs hundreds of dollars.
Our approach to mounting TVs over the fireplace nook and niche is the same as all of our TV installations. If it’s hard or expensive, there has to be a better way. We keep it simple and affordable by finding the right hardware.
Custom Fireplace Niche TV Mount
After studying hundreds of fireplaces with niches and cubbyholes in the Charlotte NC area, we discovered that all you need is the correct wall mount and to locate the best TV mount installer near you.
Most standard niches are about 24 inches deep maximum. Amazon sells an extended arm mount for 37-75″ TVs that extends up to 30 inches and supports up to 99 lbs.
All devices and components connected to the TV will stay inside the nook or niche but we ensure your remotes are still able to access your game system, sound bar and other devices. Mounting the TV at a height right above the components inside the niche guarantees that you won’t see all of the unsightly wires and cords behind and underneath the TV.
Mounting A TV On Stone And Brick
Stone fireplace TV mounting is quite different from brick fireplace TV mounting so we will discuss both types of fireplace TV installations on this page. If you have never attempted to install a TV above a stone fireplace before, we suggest contacting a professional to avoid damaging your TV and your fireplace.
Stone Fireplace TV Mounting
Stone fireplace TV mounting requires more skill level than brick TV mounting. Most TV wall mounting kits come with a few small plastic anchors and mounting bolts that will not fill the spaces between the stone to support your TV. Stone fireplaces require longer, larger mounting bolts and the ability to mount a bracket level on an uneven surface. To add to the trickiness, most stone surfaces are not even and have a rough texture which creates an uneven mounting surface and prevents most brackets from laying flat.
We approach stone fireplace TV mounting with extra care because the stones used over the fireplace are not genuine rock material. The stones can be fragile so we don’t attempt to drill into them unless absolutely possible. Some amateur installers may fasten the wall mounting bracket directly to the stones with bad results. The stones can crumble very easily and will not support the lag bolts supplied with the wall mount. To add to the trickiness, most stone fireplace surfaces are not even because the stones have a rough texture and create an uneven mounting surface. I’ve seen multiple stones break loose from the adhesive and fall off of the fireplace because of poor stonework. Using the spaces between the stones requires matching the proper anchors and bolts to fasten the TV mounting bracket to the stone without the danger of the lag bots slowly pulling out over time. It may take a week or a month, but if not properly installed, the TV mount can separate from the wall causing the TV to fall and crash onto the floor. This leaves us with very little option to mount the bracket unless we can find the studs behind the fireplace. The hardware and technique we use allows us to do a pull up with our feet off the floor on most stone fireplaces before mounting the TV onto the bracket.
Brick Fireplace TV Mounting
Brick fireplace TV mounting is not as difficult as stone fireplace TV mounting. We line the TV mounting bracket up with the mortar lines as opposing to driving bolts directly into the bricks. Then we use special anchors and bolts to create a strong support so that we can do a pull up with our feet off the floor. Using the spaces between the bricks has 2 benefits.
- Bricks are impossible to drill into and more expensive to replace than concrete mix.
- Damage to the space between the bricks is less of an eye sore.
Hire a Professional
To give you an idea of the weight distribution hold a 5 pound weight in your hand close to your body. Now hold the same weight with your arm extended. The TV mount’s mounting arm stays extended the whole time so putting the proper lag bolts in the center of the stud is mandatory to avoid the TV mount eventually pulling out and falling later. We suggest hiring a professional TV installer to ensure your TV is properly installed over the fireplace.
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