It’s easy to take modern technology and luxuries for granted. So, when you stop to consider it, how exciting is it that we live in a time when we can enjoy not only watching TV shows and movies at our homes, but that we can also watch them outside on our patios? Isn’t it mind-blowing as well that protective TV and display enclosures enable digital signage usage in practically limitless outdoor and harsh environments?
But like anything else, these amazing weatherproof TV and digital signage luxuries are best enjoyed when installed in the most optimal ways and locations. Mounting your outdoor TV cabinet incorrectly (such as in a less than ideal location) is like leaving a red sock in with your load of white laundry. We all know how that goes… the results just aren’t ideal! With that in mind, below are some important outdoor TV mounting tips for placing your TV in the best location.
Put an Outdoor TV Cabinet Anywhere Outside with Pole Mounts
Use Do-It-Yourself Pole Mounts:
Do you find yourself scoping out locations for putting a TV outside but feeling limited to only walls or ceilings? Don’t forget that you could achieve placing your TV just about anywhere outside at a reasonable cost by creating your own freestanding pole mount solution (some people refer to them as outdoor TV ground mounts).
We’ve seen customers use an indoor TV cart or 4x4 wood posts to mount their outdoor TV cabinets in different places on their patio or in their yard. In the photos above, the wheels were removed from the indoor aluminum TV cart and the base feet were drilled into the patio flooring. Keep in mind, if you use a cart solution it needs to be weatherproof, so you’ll want to use an aluminum cart. You could also make sure it’s powder coated or apply Rust-Oleum. Otherwise the cart will not stand up to outdoor elements and would likely rust.
Is it possible to stream media to TVs that are pole mounted on the patio or in the yard? The answer to that question is… yes! If you have Wi-Fi, you’ll be able to set up your TV on a pole mount with your favorite devices like Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, etc. Check out this Go Wireless for a Great Outdoor TV Viewing Experience blog post for more information.
Single Stud Wall Plate TV Mounts:
Single Stud Wall Plate TV mounts can be very helpful for mounting outdoor TV enclosures to smaller surfaces such as carts, poles, pergolas or other locations. As you can see in the images below, a single stud wall mount has a smaller wall plate (base) than a regular mount. Typically, single stud wall plate TV mounts or TV enclosure mounts are a variation of full motion mounts and they have one arm that extends out from the base (rather than two arms). These types of mounts are ideal for use with pergolas, single posts, or other outdoor installations with limited wall plate mounting surface areas. Always make sure to account for the weight of the enclosure and the weight of the TV when confirming if mounts will work for your application.
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Consider the Optimal Location and Avoid Glare:
We’ve established that you can utilize a do-it-yourself pole mount solution to place your outdoor TV enclosure anywhere – yay! However, be mindful to utilize best practices to install your outdoor TV enclosure in order to avoid clarity or glare issues. Location, the brightness of the TV, the angle at which the TV is installed and other factors can make or break the usability of you outdoor TV setup. Learn more in the post, Nine Ways to Reduce Glare on Your Outdoor TV Cabinet.
So, there you have it. Don’t let your wall or ceiling space limit your outdoor TV viewing experience when there are great alternatives like pole-mounting.