Good Questions: Flat Panel Mounting Options

Good Questions: Flat Panel Mounting Options

Sep 17, 2007

Dear AT Home Tech,

I'm looking at some good options to have my 42" Panasonic Plasma TV mounted on the wall. Those sleek pictures in the ads look great, but the reality is there are tradeoffs: how flexible is the wiring, is it feasible on dry wall, or does it need plywood backing, etc.

I've come across a couple of good options: the Muro wall unit from Design Within Reach, and the much more expensive one from MDF Italia. I'm looking for something stylish and functional. Any opinions or suggestions?


Hi Prasad

We personally love the look of the flat panel TV mounted on the wall with no wires in sight. So much in fact that we did it ourselves. In order to maintain flexibility with wiring and to avoid having to cram our hands in behind the TV once it is on the wall and a new component needs to be added to the system, we included a wall plate that duplicated all the TV connections inside the cabinet housing the components. Adding a new DVD player or PS3 is now a plug and play affair. It is definitely feasible on drywall, you just need to make sure you hit at lest two studs when mounting your chosen bracket. Check out our house tour at AT SF for more pictures.

If punching holes in your drywall really isn't something for you, then the two options you mentioned are definitely worthy alternatives. We had considered building a version of the Muro ourselves since the construction was very basic and woodworking is a bit of a hobby. Does anyone have any alternative suggestions?

Thanks for your question!

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