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Vesa Monitor Mount - VESA Monitor Mounting Standards

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Being able to mount your big flat screen TV or computer monitor up on the wall can be quite a handy thing, and it is fairly easy to do as well as long as all the holes line up and all the screws fit. How does everyone know where to put those holes, though? Who decides the standards for such things, and what are they?

The VESA Monitor Mount standards are a family of standards designed and administered by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), a nonprofit corporation representing a voting membership which decides various standards regarding video displays. Their industry standards are almost universally supported by every television and monitor manufacturer today, and VESA provides a compliant logo that can be attached to any monitor or mount that adheres to any of their standards.

VESA monitor mounts can be one among several standards. What follows is only a brief summary of each of the VESA monitor mount standards. Anyone interested in seeing the full specification may either register as a member of the association or purchase a document of the full description from VESA for a nominal fee.

Each monitor mount standard covers a range of sizes and weights that the mounts in question are designed to support. The MIS-B and MIS-C standards are not in wide use today, as the sizes they support are rather small and manufacturers usually do not produce such small monitors anymore – or at least they are not designed to be put up on a wall. That just leaves the remaining three standards to cover: the MIS-D, MIS-E, and MIS-F standards.

The MIS-D standard of VESA monitor mounts are designed for monitors ranging from 12" to 22.9" in size, measured diagonally, that weigh 30.8 pounds or less. The hole mount pattern on mounts adhering to this standard are either 75 × 75 mm or 100 × 100 mm. While there are mounts out there that support one or the other, you can find quite a few that can accommodate monitors designed for either hole pattern standards.

The MIS-E standard supports monitors ranging in size from 23" to 30.9". The supported weight is 50 pounds or less, and the hole mount pattern is 100 × 200 mm.

The MIS-F standard supports all monitors larger than those that fit into the MIS-E standard with a weight limit of 250 pounds. The hole mount patterns here vary considerably, but go in 200 mm increments. This means that the mounting holes can in a 400 × 200 mm, 600 × 400mm, or 800 × 600 mm pattern, continuously going up. It depends on the size of the individual display which hole pattern is utilized, with the larger monitors opting for having their mounting holes more spaced out.

VESA monitor mounts are the standard, and most monitors designed for being mounted follow these standards to the letter, meaning as long as you know which standard your monitor is designed for you should have no problem finding a mount that is compatible with your monitor.

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