VESA Interface Standard is another name for flat display mounting interface. It is a measure of the distance in millimeters between the four mounting holes at the back of a TV. This standard dictates the hole placement pattern on the display. Hole patterns are ideally supposed to be centered at the back of the display.
This center position minimizes torqueing forces that are applied to the mount and enables them to carry heavier loads. All wall mounting systems and TV mounts adopt this standard. There are many advantages of using VESA mount standard including enabling low cost of installation of displays in broad ranges of applications.
Types of VESA standards available
VESA standards are usually divided into VESA classifications, often called Mounting Interface Standard (MIS). The most common in the market include VESA MIS-F, VESA MIS-D, and VESA MIS-E. Other classifications like VESA MIS-C, VESA MIS-B, and VESA MIS-A also exist but they are not commonly used. Monitors that weigh up to 2kg can use VESA MIS-B, while VESA MIS-C can handle up to 4.5kg. Higher diagonal screen size and weights switch to other classifications like VESA MIS-E and VESA MIS-F.
VESA MIS-D Classification
Hole pattern: 75 x 75, 100 x 100 (75/100)
Maximum weight: 14 kg
Screen diagonal: 30.5 bis 58.3 cm
Smaller televisions and computer monitors usually confirm this VESA MIS-D Classification. The mounting holes for this classification have a horizontal and vertical distance of either 75 x 75 or 100 x 100. They can accommodate a maximum weight of 14 kg. But as the weight for larger newer monitors decreases, screens with larger diagonal dimensions now have VESA MIS-D standard.
VESA MIS-E Classification
Hole pattern: 200 x 100, 200 x 200
Maximum weight: 22.7 kg
Screen diagonal: 58.4 bis 78.6 cm
This classification is for TVs that have diagonal dimensions of between 58.4cm and 78.6 cm and with a maximum weight of 22.7 kg. The mounting holes at the back are square with dimensions of 200×200 mm, or rectangular with dimensions of 200×100 mm.
VESA MIS-F Classification
Hole pattern with steps of 200 mm (600 x 400, 800 x 600…)
Maximum weight: 113.6 kg
Screen diagonal: 78.7 bis, 228.6 cm
Larger TVs conform to the VESA MIS-F standard. These come with 6 threaded holes at the back of the screens. Hole patterns vary and can be as far as 200mm apart.
VESA measures are usually given in only one number e.g. VESA 100, VESA 200, VESA 300, VESA 75 and VESA 400. These usually represent 100 x 100, 200 x 200; 300 x 300; 75 x 75 and 400 x 400 respectively. If the dimensions are not square, they are usually given in the form of horizontal x vertical distance, e.g. VESA 300 x 200; 400×300; 600×200; 600×400; 800×400; 800×600; 1000×800; 200×100; and 700 x 400.
When you purchase displays that are VESA compliant, they can easily attach to their appropriate monitor mounts. Therefore, when you are purchasing a monitor, pay maximum attention to the VESA compatibility for easier mounting. TVs that are not compatible with VESA can still be attached to their brackets by using VESA adapters. Suppose you do not know the VESA classification your TV falls under, there is a way to determine this.
Determining VESA Standard for Your Screen/ Monitor
A significant number of monitor manufacturers like Asus, Acer, HP, Toshiba, etc. provide corresponding threaded holes at the back of the screen for attaching to mounting systems. The horizontal and vertical dimensions of the hole pitches result in the VESA standard. However, some manufacturers like Metz and Loewe model do not provide VESA recording on the back. If this is the case, here is an outline of how you can find the type of VESA standard you have. The VESA standard can be determined in two ways: at the back of your monitor and using the datasheet of your monitor.
The first way: Search for threaded holes at the back of your monitor. VESA mounting should be at the middle of the backside. Measure the vertical and horizontal distances of the screw holes. i.e. from center to center. The distances will correspond to their VESA measurements. E.g. VESA 400 x 200 which corresponds to VESA MIS-F. The fastest and easiest way to find your TV’s VESA size is by measuring it.
The second way: Use the datasheet provided for your monitor to find the VESA information. Alternatively, you can log into your manufacture’s website and search for the model number of your TV. You will obtain the information you need for the VESA recording.
Using VESA Adapters
VESA Adapters were created for use when there are no VESA mounting holes or when your monitor has a different VESA standard that is not compatible with the monitor mount. Universal VESA adapters are used in scenarios such as when you purchase a new monitor but you still want to use the previous TV wall mount, and the hole dimensions of the new TV deviate from that of the previous mount. The universal VESA Adapter plates will reduce or enlarge the VESA. However, the holder used should be able to carry the weight of the new TV.
VESA adapters can also function as simple wall mounts. This will come in handy in cases where you do not have mounting holes. The adapter will allow you to attach your TV to the monitor mount.
To sum up, the VESA standard is really important when it comes to buying TV wall mounts. It shows the distance between the mounting holes at the back of the TV and it is measured in millimeters. The size is usually written as horizontal x vertical distance in millimeters. With the above guidelines, you can find your ideal TV wall mount.