TV Mounting can save you space and avoid straining your neck while looking up. The first step is to choose a mount and drill pilot holes into the wall.
The best type of mount is articulating, which allows you to tilt and swivel your TV to view it from different angles. You’ll also need a few other tools and supplies to complete the job.
A TV wall mount is an easy and convenient way to free up space on a console or entertainment center and provide better viewing angles. When choosing a mount, consider where you plan to place the television and what features are important for your setup. For example, many homeowners choose to mount their TV over a fireplace because it is a focal point in the room. Other considerations include the TV’s height and how it will be viewed from different positions within the home. The bottom of the display should be no higher than eye level when seated, and the top should be no higher than shoulder level when standing.
When choosing a mount, select one that is rated to support the weight of your television. Most mounts will have a weight capacity listed in the description. Some will also state if it is designed for single or multiple stud installation. Choose a wall mount that is made from sturdy materials such as steel and aluminum and is certified by an independent lab, such as UL (Ultraviolet Light).
Once you’ve narrowed down your selection, determine what kind of movement you want in the mount. Articulating mounts, such as those that swivel or tilt left and right, will allow you to move the TV to find the best view. There are also simple mounts that stay fixed to the wall, like MantelMount’s MM540. Some of these mounts require drilling into the wall to secure them, and others are meant for drywall or plaster walls without a stud.
You will also need to decide if you’ll need to mount additional devices, such as sound systems or a DVR. This will influence the number of mounting points you need in the wall and the type of mounting solution that’s best for your setup.
Before drilling into your wall, locate the studs with a stud finder to ensure that the location can support your TV and other devices. If there are no studs where you wish to place the mount, reconsider that location or install a different type of mount that doesn’t require drilling into the wall.
Preparing the Wall
The basics of TV wall mounting are pretty simple, and the hardware required to do the job is cheap and easy to find. The main components are a power drill with bits that match the screws for your wall and mount, a stud finder, a tape measure, and a level to ensure you hang the bracket perfectly straight.
Before you start drilling, first decide where and how high you want to mount the TV. Then, use a stud finder to locate the wooden supports in your walls, called studs. They are evenly spaced throughout the wall and typically located behind drywall. You should always try to mount a TV onto a stud, as drywall alone cannot support the weight of a mounted TV.
Using a stud finder is fairly easy and will help you avoid damaging your walls when hanging a TV. Simply place the stud finder against the wall at the location you intend to mount the TV and scan it until the device beeps, indicating that it has found a stud underneath the surface. This will save you a lot of time trying to locate studs with your hands or by eye, and it will also make the process much easier and more accurate.
Once you’ve found the locations of the studs, mark them lightly on the wall with a pencil. You will then need to choose the right drill bit for each marking on the wall. The size of the drill bit should be based on the installation instructions for the full bracket that came with your TV wall mount kit. It is essential to use a carpenter’s level to ensure your marks are all level, as crooked mounting will not only ruin the look of your TV but may also cause damage to the wall and cables running through it.
Finally, if your TV has any special features, such as One Connect, which streamlines your cords into a single connection, be sure to factor in how the TV will need to be rotated or moved around the room for ease of access to ports. Keeping all of these factors in mind, it is now time to gather the tools you will need and get started.
Mounting the TV
The final step in mounting your TV is to install the mounting hardware on the wall. Before beginning this step, consult the installation manual to ensure that you have all of the correct fixings. It is also a good idea to have a stud finder, as this will help you locate the best location for your mount. Finally, you will need a standalone level, as the levels that come with some mounts are usually less reliable than those that can be purchased independently.
Using the instructions that came with your mount, carefully follow all of the steps to assemble the plate and screw it onto the wall. Then, line up your drill bits with the pencil markings you made earlier and begin drilling straight holes into the wall. Be sure to take your time with this, as you don’t want to miss a mark and end up with a misaligned TV once it is mounted.
Once the pilot holes are in place, use a power drill to drive the screws into the wall. Most of the time, you will need to screw in more than one screw at a time to secure the mounting plate. If you are using a heavy wall mount, it may be easier to have a friend hold the TV in place while you screw in the plate.
If you have a flat mount that uses hooks to attach to the back of the TV, you will need to screw the hooks into place on the mount as well. Once this is complete, you will be ready to mount your TV and enjoy its new home on the wall!
Typically, most wall mounts are designed to be used on drywall. However, the best way to support your TV mount is to install a set of studs behind the drywall. This will help prevent any damage to the drywall or the TV mount itself. Even if you aren’t able to install a stud in the area where you would like to mount your TV, there are other ways to securely anchor it to the wall, such as expanding anchors or conical anchors.
Assuming that you’ve chosen a mount rated for the weight of your TV, read the instructions carefully to determine how to attach it to the wall. The process will vary slightly between models, but most require drilling pilot holes into the wall before screwing the mount into place. You’ll also need a drill, a screwdriver, and, in many cases, a stud finder. If you’re not sure what kind of stud finder to use, consider getting one that’s capable of finding both wood and metal studs. The best ones have a light that indicates when it’s detecting a stud as well as a sound that differentiates a stud from drywall.
Start by determining where you want to hang the TV and measuring up and down, left and right, until you find a spot that works with your furniture arrangement. Then, mark the location on the wall with a pencil. If you’re not confident in your ability to mark the wall precisely, ask a friend to do it for you. You’ll also need to identify the height at which you want your TV to be mounted. Ideally, it should be just above eye level.
Once you’ve marked the wall, it’s time to drill the pilot holes. Make sure that the holes are at least 1 inch wide and in line with the mount’s mounting points.
The next step is to use the “map” that comes with 99% of TV wall mount kits to locate the studs that your bracket will need to anchor to. Depending on your mount, it might need to span across a number of studs or just two. Use a stud finder to help you find the locations, and then mark them lightly with a pencil.
With the guide holes in place, grab a partner and screw the mount to the wall. Before proceeding, check that the wall-mount bracket is level with a level and a sharpie. Now it’s time to attach the “TV” half of the mount, which is typically a VESA (standardized) section that connects to the back of the TV.