Are all monitors compatible with desk mounts?

When setting up a work station, questions such as "Are all monitors compatible with desk mounts?" often come up. The quick reply is that, yes, a majority of monitors can easily be installed on a desk mount.

Universally recognized VESA hole patterns are found on the back of most monitors, contributing to this compatibility. However, for accurate and detailed answers, let's delve into specific sections below.

VESA Standard for Monitor Mounts

FDMI, famously referred to as the VESA Mounting Interface Standard (MIS) or just the VESA mount, stems from standards set by VESA. It is primarily used for securing flat-panel monitors, televisions, and other displays to their respective stands or even wall mounts.

Despite the passage of years since its inception, VESA's standard is foundational to most monitor arms, a feature you will find on our monitor arms, such as the Desky Dual Eco Monitor Mount.

Necessity Of Monitor Arms

Providing crucial flexibility, computer monitor arms help to offset eye stress by offering users uncomplicated adjustability for screen elevation and proximity.

They enable ergonomic positioning of your screen, thus keeping undesirable squinting and head inclinations at bay. By adopting this healthier visual habit, you can enhance comfort and productivity during those long working hours.

Do monitor mounts work with all monitors?

Fundamentally, the vast majority of monitors are designed to fit securely on a desk mount. Thanks to the industry-standard VESA hole pattern, the installation process becomes more convenient.

These hole patterns typically measure either 75 x 75 mm or 100 x 100 mm, ensuring they can accommodate a variety of monitor arms.

How VESA Compatibility Applies

In a world where visual technology rules, the majority of contemporary monitors are fully VESA compatible. But does this mean your specific monitor fits into any mounting solution out there?

Even though VESA sets the standards, uniqueness comes in the specific sizing criteria that each individual monitor adheres to. Here are few factors that determine whether a monitor fits into a specific mount:

  • Mounting hole patterns on the monitor
  • Weight capacity of the mount
  • Screen size capacity of the mount

Before purchasing a mount, you'll need to confirm these factors for compatibility.

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Can all monitors be VESA mounted?

In general, yes, most monitors can be mounted on a monitor arm. Monitors typically have the standard VESA hole pattern of 75 x 75 mm or 100 x 100 mm on the back for attaching to a monitor arm. Even if your monitor doesn’t, an adapter can allow for mountability with a monitor arm, enhancing its integratable usability.

How to choose monitors that can be mounted

Wondering how to identify a mountable monitor? It's significantly simplified by VESA Mount standards, which offer cross-brand interchangeability for monitors and mounts.

To find out whether your monitor fits these standards, look for four screw holes on the back. You can then measure the distance between these holes to determine the appropriate mount size.

What to Look for:

  • Four screw holes on the monitor's back
  • Measure the spacing between these holes
  • Confirm the measurement matches standard VESA distances (75x75mm or 100x100mm)

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How do I know if my monitor mount is compatible?

When confirming the compatibility of your monitor with a mount, look out for the characteristic four-hole mounting pattern on the back panel of your monitor. This pattern signifies that your monitor adheres to VESA standards and monitor stand considerations.

Beware of hidden holes, though. In some cases, manufacturers cover these up with panels or pre-attached mounts, like the ones found on the Desky Heavy Duty Monitor ArmConsultations with the user manual are therefore vital in such scenarios for correct guidelines.

How to know if my desk can support a monitor arm

Commercially produced office furniture usually comes prepared for this desirable upgrade. Desks with a 2 cm thickness can perform quite suitably, while a 1 cm desktop can still function effectively for single mounts.

Monitor arm clamps often open up to a width of 5 cm. For those with thicker tabletops, alternatives like through-mounts or wall mounts are viable options.

What to do if your monitor doesn’t have VESA mount

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Your monitor’s lack of a VESA mount doesn’t mean it has to remain desk-bound. Luckily, non-VESA monitor adapters exist, designed specifically to connect monitors without the VESA standard to mounting solutions.

Available on the market are numerous VESA adapters, specifically designed for popular manufacturers such as Apple, Sony, Samsung, and LG OLED, just to highlight a few.

Selecting a Non-VESA Monitor Adapter

When choosing your adapter, compatibility with your particular brand and model is key. It's important to check your adapter's specifications to ensure a perfect fit. Now, suppose your monitor lacks VESA compatibility.

In that case, you do have a way to affix your screen to an arm or wall mount, ensuring ergonomic positioning and a clean desk aesthetic.

Can you add a VESA mount to a monitor?

Absolutely! VESA adapters provide a harmonious union between your non-VESA monitor and a standard VESA mount. These adapters, carefully crafted for various monitor models, including HP, MAC, Samsung, Dell and more, create a seamless connection with your VESA mount.

By exploring adapters, you’ll certainly find one suitable to convert your non-compliant monitor into a VESA-ready one.

Life Expectancy Of Monitor Arm

A key determinant of a monitor arm's longevity is its construction. With mechanical (spring) monitor arms, lifespan can easily stretch to 8 to 10 years, given their efficient design with fewer dependent parts.


While ensuring your monitor is mount-compatible may seem daunting at first, adhering to VESA standards and available mount options significantly simplifies the process. By following the checks and advice provided above, you should be well-equipped to confirm if your monitor is truly compatible with desk mounts.

Also, explore our comprehensive guide on choosing the best adjustable monitor arm to understand the importance of monitor arms for maintaining a healthy posture.

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