February 15, 2022
Most users of TVs and computer monitors aren’t aware that their screens all follow a common mounting convention: the VESA standard. As such, when they are looking at possible mounting options for their screen, they can sometimes be a little confused at the different jargon and labels used to identify their particular screen’s mounting parameters. What VESA sizes tend to match what size screens, and what do those terms mean? In this article, we’ll take a closer look.
VESA stands for the Video Electronics Standards Association, which is a conglomeration of over 300 companies, including most of the major manufacturers in the world, that have banded together to establish common industry-standard measurements and parameters for their electronics. One of these key standards is the way screens are mounted, and where their mounting holes are located.
These locations and measurements are standardised worldwide, with all major manufacturers abiding by the requirements. By standardising their measurements and reducing the possible mounting configurations to a minimum, VESA standards make it easier for TV and monitor mount manufacturers to cater to the wide range of screens available.
Many TV buyers prefer to search for their own DIY mounting solutions, often from TV mount providers like Tigermount. For those doing DIY, it is crucial to know the VESA measurement of your screens, because the screw holes for your mount are fixed, and defined by the VESA measurements.
To find out your screen’s VESA size, you simply need to:
1. Measure the vertical distance between mounting holes in millimetres.
2. Measure the horizontal distance between mounting holes, also in millimetres.
Once you have the measurements, your VESA measurement is simply the horizontal distance x vertical distance, such as 200 x 100. You will need to find a mount whose configuration is made for that spacing.
Of course, where possible, check your manual first if it’s available–most manuals already have it written down!
Now, you may sometimes come across a VESA specification that looks different from those stated previously in this article, but fret not! MIS stands for Mounting Interface Standard, and is just another way of identifying particular varieties of mounting hole patterns. Here’s a guide on how to decipher the most common ones.
The most common pattern is MIS-D, used for popular office monitors in the 22 to 24 inch range, as well as smaller TVs. Spacing between holes is usually 75mm or 100mm, or a combination of the two (100 x 75), and uses regular, 10mm-wide screws.
Another common pattern is MIS-E, used as a shorthand for the 200x100mm configuration, which is one of the most common.
The last MIS label will probably see is MIS-F, which refers to square configurations. In the case of MIS-F, there will usually be a number beside it to signify what square measurement it is. Hence, “MIS-F 300” means mounting holes that are 300mm apart both horizontally and vertically.>
What you’ve just read should show you that just for one factor alone, there’s already so much you need to know about your screen before you can do a DIY mounting job for it. Carrying out a good mounting job for a screen you may have spent anything from hundreds to thousands of dollars on requires even more knowledge than that, including mounting types, materials, mounting positions, as well as the all-important question of how to ensure your mount is solidly anchored.
If the complexity of what you’re reading is giving you pause, you’re probably not ready to wing it on your own–but there’s no reason why you need to. Our experts at Tigermount have been mounting screens from the smallest to the largest for many years now, and with their experience and expertise, as well as our wide range of products, you can be sure that entrusting your TV or monitor to them will give you the peace of mind you’d want! Get in touch with us today, and never have to worry about VESA or mounting your own TV yourself again!