33 OFA TV Stand eUntil now there have been two ways to mount televisions; tabletop or wall. The good news, especially for those who rent, is that there’s now a third option.

Thirty per cent of Australians live in rented accommodation and can’t drill holes in the wall without first getting permission from the landlord, and good luck with that. A further unknown percentage of Australians choose not to drill holes because they’re scared of stuffing it up, and there are others who wouldn’t know how to drill a hole in the wall if there was a stash of gold bars back there. And while wifi has made it easy for such people to enjoy whole-of-home audio systems they still frequently face problems when it comes to vision.

Tellies are large lumps and the success of a tabletop mount, simple and usually supplied free, depends entirely on the table or cabinet upon which it is intended. Height is the big issue because ideally the screen should be at eye level. A table mount atop a higher sideboard or chest of drawers means you spend your viewing life looking up rather than straight ahead.

33 OFA TV Stand aWith wall mounts you can choose height to the millimetre but you’ll have to drill holes in the wall and you’ll have at least one pesky cable to hide, usually more. And you’ll pay extra.

And here’s the thing: There are places where neither mount works, especially for renters. A vacant corner in the study may be ideal for a smaller screen but how do you get it there without drilling holes? Even if there’s a piece of furniture big enough for a table mount you’re unlikely to be able to get the screen at the angle you want, much less pivot it out of the way when not needed. In bedrooms there’s usually a chest of drawers, but you’ll most likely be looking to one side as well as up.

And so to the new alternative. One For All is well known for its universal remote controls but it’s extending its wings with a neat idea; two television mounts that let you put your telly almost anywhere you want without drilling.

OFA’s $399 tripod mount can be placed anywhere. This takes screens of up to 165 cm at a range of heights and pivots through 360 degrees. There’s a holder for a soundbar and ties for power and data cables. It’s available in oak with silver grey, or walnut with gunmetal.

But it was the $499 Slimline that caught my eye. This goes hard up against a wall, and needs to be held in place by a cabinet backing onto it; a low component cabinet would be ideal. The screen can be positioned through a range of heights with a soundbar on the cabinet underneath. It looks the same as a conventional wall mount, but there are no bolts in the wall.

33 OFA TV Stand gAnd it has been nicely thought through. It’s indented at the floor support to allow for skirting, and the upright, extending from there to the television, also serves as a conduit for any cabling required between the television, the cabinet and the wall plug. The aesthetics won’t upset anyone. Hardly anyone. This takes televisions up to 152 cm and can be tilted through 15 degrees if reflection is a problem.

Both mounts support up to 30 kilograms and are supplied in flat packs, but fear not, there isn’t an allen key in sight. There’s a demo and an on-line compatibility tool to tell you if the Slimline will take your telly at www.oneforall.com.

First published by smh.com.au September 2019.

 

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