Although the television was first invented in the 1920s, it really hit the big time in the post war years of 1950, with homes, businesses and schools across America having sets. Only offering black and white visuals, the TVs themselves were big and heavy with thick curved glass screens and a hardwood surround.
Bulky and cumbersome, with the iconic grey screen, these ugly boxes would sit in the corner of living rooms, fascinating families with the magic on screen. In the late 1960s color broadcasts were introduced, and since then the TV has gone through many changes, both technological and in appearance.
As interiors became more streamlined, with neat three piece suites and color coordination, TVs became slimmer, flat screens were rolled out as standard and DVDs replaced unsubtle video recorders. They also were designed to be lighter, easier to move and even to be wall mounted if required.
Today, if you’re looking at getting a 40 inch TV with high spec visuals, it’ll weigh around 20 lbs or 10 kgs. This makes it easy to find a stand to suit, or to wall mount for a better viewing experience. Depending on the size of your living room, 50 inch models are very popular, and these weigh approximately 28 lbs, but if you’re considering a second or even third TV for use in the bedroom, or kitchen, a smart TV measuring 24 inches is a good choice. This diminutive, but powerful set would weigh in at a lightweight 6 lbs.
There are going to be times when only the biggest will do, however, and if you love your sport, an action movie enthusiast, or have an extensive family, a giant 70 inch screen is the only option! Offering superior visuals, a fully immersive experience is best achieved by wall mounting a screen of this size. You’ll need two pairs of hands to achieve this as the weight will be around 50 lbs, or 22 kgs, but there are a number of reliably good quality mounts that are easy to assemble, and will support the TV’s weight effortlessly.
Whichever TV you choose, there will be a stand or mount to suit, and fortunately with today’s lightweight models, we don’t have to reinforce the wall to hold them.