Last updated on April 28, 2022 10:48 pm by the writer.
Installing an extendable full motion tv mount as a DIY project is an easy way to help de-clutter, save space, and add functionality to your workspace or living area.
Below is a comparison of the best full-motion TV brackets to help you get the longest one for your entertainment system.
Here is a video on how I use an extendable TV wall mount to save space and declutter a small space.
#3 DIY TV bracket
Echogear articulating bracket for 42″-80″
#4 Another TV corner wall mount
Mount-It! with 26-inch extension
Longest arm TV wall mount [32-65 inch]
#1 Editors choice: For extension
Strongest and Longest TV wall mount.
#8 Another wall TV bracket
Mount-It! bracket black (MI-346L)
Do you need an extendable wall mount?
Installing a TV mount is a great way to get a lot more functionality and versatility from your TV screens.
It could also save you a lot of space by making use of an oftentimes underutilized area of your interior: your wall.
Most people place their TVs on a table or a stand, and this usually works out pretty well if there is sufficient space.
But if you live in a tiny apartment–or if you already have a lot of furniture taking up floor space–having your TV up on the wall is usually a better option.
Why get an extending TV wall bracket?
Even if you have sufficient space to set your TV up on a table or a counter, there are other good reasons to consider installing a TV mount instead.
Do yourself a favor and make it easier to see your TV screen from more areas in the room from a single TV position.
TV mounts also allow you to extend your TV over a table or a desktop, which gives you a better view when playing video games. And helps to reduce neck fatigue when watching TV for long periods.
You can even use your TV as part of a dual monitor setup for your computer, giving you the advantage of a much bigger viewing area with multiple mounted screens.
Other TV mounting options
It would be best to get a wall mount with an extendable arm that you can pull out from the wall.
These designs usually cost a little more than fixed wall mounts, but the added functionality makes them well worth the extra cost.
Look into cantilever mounts as well, which are much more efficient than other designs. These have extendable arms that let you pull the TV horizontally away from the wall, and they give you a wider range of positioning options.
They allow you to tilt, swivel, and rotate your TV, and even let you position them around corners.
Another option is to instead consider a ceiling TV mount.
These mounts hang your TV from the ceiling and are another way for saving space.
You could also opt for a motorized flip down tv mount but this option doesn’t have the same maneuverability.
How we tested considered and compared
1. Double vs. Single-arm
Wall mounts typically come with one or two arms, which connect the TV to the wall plate.
Two arms will carry more weight than a single arm. They can carry as much as 200 pounds in fact.
But there are good reasons to go for a single-arm design if it can handle the weight of your TV.
Single-arm wall mounts give the best flexibility and can usually pan a full 180°, as opposed to double-arms, which are usually limited to 160°.
2. The wall mounting bracket size.
The size of the brackets is especially important if you need to mount your TV onto drywall.
With such surfaces, you will need to install the wall mount on one or two studs.
You will also need to screw the wall plate into the center of the studs, so you will need to make sure that the bracket will cover the necessary span.
3. VESA pattern compatibility?
Most brands of TVs nowadays adhere to the VESA pattern Interface Standard, which defines the horizontal and vertical distance between the four mounting holes on the rear of the set.
VESA-compatible wall mounts will accommodate TVs with mounting holes spaced 200 mm by 200 mm, 400 mm by 400 mm, and 600 mm by 400 mm apart.
4. Your TV size compatibility.
It is always a good idea to get a wall mount that can accommodate TVs bigger than your current model.
Most big wall mounts will accommodate smaller TVs with no issues, but the opposite isn’t always true.
Wall mounts are usually rated by the screen size and weight of the TV they can accommodate.
Weight is always the more important factor to consider.
So when choosing between two wall mounts that can accommodate the same size of a TV, always choose the one that can support the weight of your TV.
4. Long extension length.
You will want to be able to extend your TV as far from the wall as possible and be to retract it. You are better with an unobtrusive TV when possible. Getting a wall mount with a large extension range will let you get closer to your TV screen as you need to, and let you fold it back out of the way when done.
A long reach will also enable you to turn the TV 90° to the side without having it bump up against the wall.
Can a long arm tv wall mount work in a corner?
If you want to position a TV in a wall corner, you want a single TV arm bracket where the extendable arm pivot point isn’t too close to the corner side of the wall plate.
A TV corner bracket helps make it less likely that your TV mount will be seen when positioned in the corner of the wall.
Both long arm wall mounts below will work for corner mounting.
What is the longest tv wall mount?
#1 Best value long TV wall mount at 40 inches
This TV mount extends even future at 38.8 Inches from your wall. And is the best option for big TVs sized from 42″ to 80 inches.
I suggest that if length and strength are your number one priorities get this for your TV.
#2 The longest TV wall mount at 47 inches
The longest extending arm goes out all the way to 47 inches and belongs to the Physix Long 2120 TV wall mount.
It boasts three pivot points that allow multiple-angle viewing. You can extend, rotate, level, turn, swivel, and tilt to your desired viewing position.
It can take up to 77 lbs TVs but from tests, expect this option to handle more than the declared weight.
The space-saving design even hides TV wires discreetly. Install directly to studs, brick, or concrete, with the right anchors.
With its elegant black finish, premium built, and impressive long arm extension, everyone will surely set their eyes on your TV with this flexible TV mount.
#3 Good value strong long arm TV wall mount at 36 inches
This tv mount can take TV sizes between 32 inches and- 65-Inches and is capable to extend a long reach of up to 36 inches from the wall!
Made to take Samsung LG and Sony TVs as well as others it is built to a higher quality than most other mounts as it’s made from heavy-duty steel materials.
With a huge base plate, installation is easy when looking to find studs in your wall, and with a single-arm, it can be moved to face different directions with little to no resistance.
Best places for your tv is on the wall?
Any place you have a TV or LCD screen is tidier attached to the wall rather than sitting on a tv stand.
Wall mounting saves space and is tidier while giving you a better and more movable viewing angle.
Good mounting hardware also helps makes a home safer in an earthquake as your electronics won’t fall down.
Most workplaces have very little available space, to begin with, making them perfectly suited for a tv wall bracket. Whether necessary for work or used for recreational viewing, TVs can be mounted in a corner of the room as well if the bracket extends long enough.
This can keep your monitor or LCD out-of-the-way yet viewable from different areas in the office.
2. Small rooms or apartments
Living areas with limited space are perfect candidates for an articulating tv wall mount. Most such places have very little floor space available, but the walls are usually underutilized.
By mounting your flat screen on a wall, you can keep save valuable floor space and make your bare wall look more attractive.
Like my tiny house and many others, a TV wall bracket can help save space and de-clutter in a tiny house design. I find a 32-inch-sized screen perfect.
3. On the wall of your kitchen
If you like watching TV while preparing your meals, placing a TV in your kitchen with the right mounting hardware is a no-brainer. Of course, you probably don’t have a lot of space on your kitchen counter, and a small portable TV simply won’t do.
Installing a wall mount will let you enjoy your favorite cooking shows while leaving your counter space free for kitchen essentials.
4. Boats and RV’s
Having a TV on the road or in the wilderness is essential if you have children along for the trip.
With an articulating tv wall mount, you can enjoy your favorite movies without taking up any more of the already-cramped space.
How to install a swing arm tv bracket
Installing a tv bracket is a fairly simple task, but there are some important things to keep in mind. Choosing the right wall mount for easy cable access and tilt angle while knowing how to install it properly will give you the best possible experience and viewing angles at the end.
More importantly, this will keep your expensive TV from crashing down onto the floor in the event of a knock or an earthquake! For a full guide, tv safety read how to mount a TV on the wall.
Tools you need for installing a TV bracket:
Installing on drywall?
Many tv brackets actually come with a level, built-in to the mounting hardware itself.
But you cannot rely on a built-in level to be accurate, we recommend that it is better to use your own laser level or your favorite torpedo level in your toolkit.
If you need to install your TV mount in drywall, you will need a good stud finder that can locate the studs’ center.
Installing on concrete?
Installing a wall mount on concrete is a bit more challenging. You won’t need to look for wall studs, but you do need to make sure that the wall plate is mounted securely in the concrete in your chosen location.
For this, you will need to use a masonry bit with your drill. And provided plastic plugs to hold the screws into the concrete.
Installing wall mounts to specific types of walls:
For most mounting jobs in the house, like a hanging a heavy frame or wood art, attaching your wall mount directly onto drywall isn’t a good idea.
If you don’t have any other wall space available, you need to attach the mount to one stud at the very least, I recommend two studs to avoid sag or twisting.
Comparing the longest TV mounts
32 to 65 inches
Vogel's Thin 546
|Verdict:||#1 Longest||Best value||Strongest Mount-It!|
|TV size:||32 to 75 inches||32 to 75 inches||40 to 65 inches||32 to 65 inches||32 to 70 inches||32 to 60 inches||32 to 65 inches||32 to 65 inches|
|Weight capacity:||77 lbs||110. lbs||66 lbs||70 lbs||77 lbs||175 lbs||165 lbs||110. lbs|
|Extends up to:||47 inches||36 inches||25 inches||29 inches||29 inches||20.25 inches||26.75 inches||17.3 inches|
|Wall profile:||4.5 inches||4.25 inches||1.4 inches||2.8 inches||2.2 inches||4.5 inches||4.5 inches||2.8 inches|
|VESA:||Up to 400 x 400 mm||200 x 200 mm to 600 x 400 mm||100 x 100 mm to 400 x 400 mm||100 x 100 mm to 400 x 400 mm||100 x 100 mm to 600 x 400 mm||100 x 100 mm to 750 x 450 mm||100 x 100 mm to 600 x 400 mm||75 x 75 mm to 600 x 400 mm|
42 to 80 inches
Mount-It! Long Arm TV Mount
Aeon Stands and mounts
ECHOGEAR Full Motion
Forging Mount HY9389-B
Mount Factory Pro-X6
|Verdict:||#1 For longest reach||Best for heavy TVs|
|TV size:||42 to 80 inches||37 to 80 inches||42 to 90 inches||40 to 70 inches||37 to 75 inches||42 to 70 inches|
|Weight capacity:||110 lbs||150 lbs||125 lbs||220 lbs||100 lbs||100 lbs|
|Extends up to:||40 inches||32 inches||22 inches||25.75 inches||30 inches||20 inches|
|Wall profile:||3 inches||3.1 inches||2.4 inches||2.25 inches||2.8 inches||3 inches|
|VESA:||200 x 200 mm to 800 x400 mm||200 x 200 mm to 800 x 600 mm||200 x 100 mm to 600 x 400 mm||100 x 100 mm to 850 x 450 mm||200 x 100 mm to 600 x 400 mm||200 x 200 mm to 400 x 600 mm|
After installing a swing arm TV mount you will wonder why you didn’t install one sooner as TV mounts are affordable and don’t take long to set up.
You can have any TV on a wall mount but I highly recommend a 32inch HD TV as a computer screen.
A bigger 42-inch screen is too big to comfortably see.
The 32inch tv screen size can make any work on a PC quicker by allowing more desktop display, to stop the need to flick back and forth on tabs.
You can instead simply have two or three windows up on the screen at once.
This hack is a simple thing, you can do to greatly improve your time efficiency doing any computer-related tasks such as designing a tiny house.
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