Top 3 Reasons Why
In-Wall Mounts Are a Bad Idea

1. Limits Where You Can Install Your Tablet

To make the finished wall mount installation flush, you would have to cut into your wall to install the tablet. This can cause a few unexpected problems.

If there is a stud where you want to mount the tablet, your installation would be blocked and you would have to move to a different location that has enough room to house your tablet. This could disrupt your design if you are trying to install the tablet mount in line with other fixtures in your house like a light switch, alarm monitor, or something similar. Your installation options are limited to places that have enough room behind the wall – which you may not know prior to starting your project!

Conversely, when mounting on the wall you can clearly see the installation site and choose any blank wall space that fits your design! No special hardware is required, which makes the installation faster and easier, as well.

2. Harder and More Expensive to Install

This kind of installation is more difficult and more consuming. You may even need to hire a skilled installer, which can drastically increase the cost of the project.
If you decide to tackle it yourself, you have to worry about finding a good space behind the wall, cutting out the right size and shape, and installing the charging components. All of which make the project longer and more tedious.

3. Less Future-Proof

Electronics, such as phones and tablets are designed to become obsolete in five to ten years, unlike in-wall electrical fixtures & light switches which last a lifetime. So if you cut a hole in the wall per the specs of a specific tablet, you're left with a non-standard size that has to be partially filled in or enlarged to accommodate a new device. So to upgrade, you'll have to either:

Option A)

Buy a larger on-wall mount to COVER the existing hole. This is the most popular option our professional AV integrators opt for, especially as older Crestron, AMX, RTI, Control4, NuVo, Russound, and other touchpads / touchpanels become obsolete.

Option B)

Opt for another in-wall mount... but you'll need to find an installer to:

i) remove the old backbox

ii) cut yet another hole, and HOPE it covers the old one [OR]

iii) repair, spackle, and paint the damaged drywall or masonry since your new backbox is smaller

iv) rinse and repeat every few years as in-wall devices age out and die or go obsolete!

With our On-Wall Slim Mount design being only 1/2” [13mm] thick, you will still get the sleek, flush installation you want while mounting on the wall. Compare the two VidaBox installations below. Our customer on the left opted for an in-wall installation style. While the finished design looks great, we did warn them this could make an upgrade more difficult in the future. Our customer on the right installed on the wall, as per our recommended design. As you can see, there isn't a lot of visual difference!

It's pretty clear why our VidaMount On-Wall Slim Mounts are the smart choice for homes - ranging from professional integrators [See our installation gallery on Instagram] to independent, DIYers [See Shane Whatley's installation videos on his Apple HomeKit setup].

Have a question about your own wall mount setup? Contact us today and see how we can help!