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What is VESA? – How to Find the Right VESA Mount for Your TV

By January 29, 2016 No Comments
Standardized VESA hole pattern

VESA

Selecting a mount for your TV is largely a matter of preference, but along with your TV’s weight and size, there’s one specification you’ll want to familiarize yourself with to avoid any compatibility issues.

This simple specification is referred to as a VESA size (or pattern) and indicates the position of the four mounting holes on the back of your TV. Without your TV’s VESA size, you may end up purchasing a mount that doesn’t fit your screen – a headache that can be easily avoided!

All major TV and TV mount manufacturers follow these standardized screw-hole positions to ensure that their products are compatible with one another.

WHAT EXACTLY IS VESA?

VESA is an acronym for the Video Electronics Standards Association, a group of over 300 companies that came together to establish certain standards in the consumer electronics industry. One of these standards covers the aforementioned mounting hole patterns located on the back of your TV, which you may also see referred to as the Flat Display Mounting Interface (FDMI) or VESA Mounting Interface Standard (MIS).

All major TV and TV mount manufacturers follow these standardized screw-hole positions to ensure that their products are compatible with one another.

VESA holes with TV mount
Measure VESA size in millimeters

DETERMINING YOUR TV’S VESA SIZE

In most cases, you’ll be able to find your TV’s VESA size in the user manual or on the manufacturer’s website. If all else fails, you can easily measure it yourself following these three simple steps:

  1. Measure the horizontal distance between the centers of the left and right holes. This will give you the first measurement.
  2. Measure the vertical distance between the centers of the top and bottom holes. This will give you the second measurement.
  3. If you’re measuring in inches, convert to millimeters (1 inch = 25.4 mm)

VESA specifications are typically displayed in millimeters and are read in order of the horizontal measurement followed by the vertical measurement. For example, if the distance between your TV’s mounting holes measure 400mm across by 200mm high, your VESA size will be shown as 400×200.

VESA VARIATIONS

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You may find that your TV’s VESA specification doesn’t quite look like what you’ve seen above, and instead includes the term “MIS”. This is simply a way of representing certain hole patterns. Common MIS variations include:

  • MIS-D – 75×75 or 100×100. Commonly used for smaller TVs and computer monitors.
  • MIS-E – 200×100
  • MIS-F – Varied square VESA sizes ranging from 200×200 all the way up to 1000×1000.
    These will include a number to verify the particular size (e.g. MIS-F 600 represents a 600×600 VESA pattern)

NOW WHAT?

Once you’ve figured out your TV’s VESA size, you can use it to find a compatible mount for your TV. Since most mounts accommodate multiple VESA sizes, finding one that fits your needs shouldn’t be difficult.

Mounts that feature an X-frame style TV bracket – such as Kanto’s M300 and PS300 full motion mounts – are perfectly suited for TVs with standard square VESA patterns (e.g. 200×200).

PDX680 Full Motion TV Wall Mount

For more versatility, look for a TV mount with an H-frame bracket, such as the PDX680 or PS350. Their adjustable arms allow for a wider range of VESA sizes, including those with a rectangular pattern (e.g. 600×400).

Whatever mount you choose, you should feel confident in your purchase now that you’ve taken a moment to read up on the importance of VESA. Just remember to find one that accommodates your TV’s VESA size and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying all the benefits that a mounted TV has to offer.