Post by Dave Plowman (News) Post by Andy Bennet Post by Dave Plowman (News)
Was idly looking at some 65" TV reviews, and the 'best buy' at 3000 quid
only came with a wall mount bracket. For table top or freestanding, you
had to find and aftermarket stand - they didn't even list one as an
Seemed odd to me - despite having a largish living room there is nowhere
convenient I could wall mount a TV.
Wall mounted TV's give me neck ache after a short time of use. Can't see
what the attraction is. Always put our (admittedly tiny) 55 incher on a
proper TV table. Much more comfortable!
Many yonks ago at BBC training college, we were taught that a monitor for
long term viewing (and most TV use fits this) should be below the eyeline.
Mush more recently I had physio for a bad back. One of their leaflets also
said to make sure your computer monitor was below your eye level too.
In the example here, the woman can watch TV without a neck issue...
as long as she is standing. The stand happens not to adjust.
Then, a customer puts the item behind a desk, so if the TV
falls forward, the desk blocks the stand from falling all
the way forward. So this is a customer inspired "stability solution".
Customers recognize that the law of gravity has not been repealed.
Some ordinary low boy furniture, with bags of sand in the bottom
where you can't see them, might suffice as a cover story. At one
time, I would have heartily recommended filling the bottom of the
furniture with steel plates, but those days of cheap steel are over.Loading Image...Loading Image...
Anyway, the purpose of showing this, is not to encourage
you to buy one, because it fails on just about every
stability metric. But, to use the idea of "furniture
in front", as a means to prevent "rubbies" from leaning
right on the screen. And with suitable carpentry and a
VESA plate, you can have it all... with no connection
to the wall surface whatsoever.
You'll need to crank it down a bit, to make it
comfortable from the sofa. There is going to be a
tradeoff between furniture height, and ideal viewing
height. A 65" set will have "zero clearance" to the
top of the furniture. There will be no room to be
elevating it further. Not if viewing from the sofa.
You'll need to adjust the position of the sofa,
for viewing the set (maybe 10 foot distance).
Now, if you need a VESA plate, VESA plates are
just too expensive for the DIY mindset. That's
why VESA plates are a licensing test for being
a DIY. Notice the nice job the gentleman has
done, to adapt a monitor for hanging. There are
all sorts of variants, done with steel strapping
or corner braces. I made one out of corner
braces, so I could "hang a terminal" from shelving.Loading Image...
So your tasks are first looking up the correct
ergonomics, then cobble some furniture to
function as the "base" for your ghetto upright
2x4 with some sort of VESA plate interface near top.
The furniture can't be too lightweight, or even
with sand bags added to it, it might not be able
to keep a 2x4 upright. Maybe making some home
furniture out of solid pine is in the books.