Do you wish your flat screen monitor had adjustable height or could move out of your way?
Or, maybe you need some extra desk space or you’d like the monitor to sit at a different angle?
Then you need a monitor that is VESA compatible. But what is VESA?
VESA Compatible Monitors
First, what is VESA? VESA is the Video Electronics Standards Association, the organization that set the standards for mounting flat screen monitors to arms, stands or walls.
If you have a VESA monitor or VESA compatible monitor, you can easily remove the monitor from the base stand it came with, attach a VESA mount to the back of the monitor and mount it to an adjustable arm or the wall.
Adding a VESA mount to a flat screen monitor and mounting it to an arm or the wall gives you some extra desk space. This is perfect for those who have smaller work areas where the monitor just seems to get in the way.
But what if you don’t have a VESA monitor? Maybe you bought your monitor used or you’ve had it for a while and it was manufactured before the VESA mount was made? Not to worry. You don’t have to run out and buy a new monitor.
Once the VESA mount system became the standard for monitors, many companies saw the need for making mounting systems that are compatible to the VESA. Now you can mount a non-VESA monitor onto a VESA mount by using a compatible attachment.
How to Mount Non-VESA Monitors with an Adapter Kit
If you’re creative and handy with tools, you can launch a DIY project and make your own adapter system to attach your monitor to a VESA mount. Quite a few DIY projects are out on the Internet and you can find them just by doing a Google search.
Obviously, you don’t want to do anything that will damage your monitor, forcing you to go buy a new flat screen monitor. Most of the DIY solutions sounded pretty complicated and time-consuming, unless you already have a lot of tools on hand and you’re comfortable using them.
Some of those ideas have you building your own adapter kit and they didn’t look very sturdy so I’d be careful about trying them. You might end up with a smashed monitor instead of a converted one, which really defeats your purpose.
Make a Vesa Mount for a Non-Vesa Mount Monitor:
There is one solution that makes perfect sense, though, and it seems to be one of the most popular ways to mount your non-VESA monitor to a VESA arm.
Buy a VESA adapter kit that works with your model monitor. Be sure to check your monitor’s measurements and weight before you buy a kit. You don’t want the arm to be too weak for your monitor.
Where Can You Buy an Adapter Kit?
Some adapters are made for specific brand models like Acer, HP Pavilion, Dell and iMac Display. There are also adapters that are universal and fit most all flat-screen monitors.
Mounting Your Adapter and Monitor
With a VESA adapter kit, a screwdriver and a wrench, you can mount your non-VESA monitor in three steps using two simple tools that most people have on hand – a screwdriver and a wrench:
- Take off the base stand the monitor came with. Some base stands are screwed in so be careful not to scratch or damage your monitor when you do this.
- Attach the VESA adapter to the VESA arm mount. The adapter converts the VESA mount to a mount that works with non-VESA monitors.
- Attach the monitor to the VESA adapter and you’re done!
Pro Tip: If you notice your monitor seems to be slipping from the adapter kit, you can use anti-slip rubber pads between the adapter plates and the monitor to fix this problem.
How to install PrimeCables Adapter VESA Mount Kit: