How to Mount a TV on the Wall: Everything You Need to Know
Mounting a TV on the wall can be a great way to free up some space in your living room and make your home feel more modern. But it can also be a daunting task, especially if you’ve never done it before. In most cases, the best option is to hire a pro that knows exactly what they’re doing. It’s also a good idea to have a clear plan of action before you get started. Several things need to be taken into consideration, such as:
Distance from floor and ceiling
The size of the TV
What type of wall you have (i.e. drywall, concrete)
The material your TV is mounted on
How strong you want your mount to be
Once you have a better idea of what you need and how to go about doing this task, then you can safely mount your TV with ease. Here's what you need to know.
Some Notes on Handling TVs
Handling a TV is not a feat for the faint-hearted or physically challenged. It's heavy, hard to hold, and you need good balance when carrying it. If you have no choice but to do it yourself, be aware of what can potentially happen if things go wrong. And make sure someone is standing by who can help in case of emergencies.
For one thing, even a slight nudge can cause your TV to fall. One wrong move and it can be shattered on the floor.
Even if you have the best intentions, accidents happen. For instance, what are you going to do if you accidentally hit the power button while carrying it? This is especially dangerous because TVs contain high-voltage components that carry hazardous amounts of energy. The following are also reasons to take extra precautions when handling TVs:
Avoid dropping your TV on its screen, as this can cause it to crack. When the screen is cracked, moisture from the inside seeps out and damages other components within.
Avoid exposing your TV's fragile parts (i.e. the backlight, LCD screen, etc.) to direct heat, dust, moisture, static electricity, or other substances that can damage components.
Make sure your TV is properly ventilated when in use.
Your TV is fragile! Handle it with care if you choose to mount it yourself.
Mounting Tips For Your Safety
If you’re planning to mount a TV on the wall yourself, here are some tips for doing it properly so you avoid accidents.
Measure the distance from your ceiling to where you want to place your TV. This is for safety purposes since it determines how high the brackets should be mounted on the wall. If anything happens and your TV falls off, this will prevent injuries or damage.
Get a stud-finder to ensure that there are studs where you want to put your TV, as this will make the process easier and safer. Mounting your TV to the wall studs means that it will be more stable and less likely to topple over, so you don’t have to worry about your TV crashing down.
It's also a good idea to outline where your TV will be placed on the wall using a pencil or marker before committing to anything with tools. This is especially helpful when you’re mounting a large or heavy TV and you don’t want it to accidentally fall off the wall.
Before working on the actual mounting, try placing the brackets on the wall first to determine the best way to mount it. This step will prevent you from having to re-do everything if things don’t go as planned.
Overall, safety first! Make sure that you take every step with care when preparing to mount your TV.
Consider a Mounting Plate
This is an important accessory that you should have to ensure stability. It’s a metal plate that holds the TV securely in place on the wall, which means that if anything happens, the TV will be less likely to
fall off since it has something to grip onto. Even better are cantilever brackets, which hold your TV using a solid arm instead of something that’s attached to the wall. This offers more stability and makes it easier for you to access your TV without having to detach the entire bracket from the wall.
If you're planning on mounting a large or heavy TV, I highly recommend using a mounting plate with your brackets.
Getting the Right Tools
As with most things in life, you’ll need the right tools to get the job done right. Most of what you’ll need is readily available at retail outlets or specialty hardware stores. Here's what to look for:
A screwdriver is the most basic tool you’ll need. Make sure it’s long enough to reach the area where you want to place your TV and that it comes with a head attachment that can secure or remove screws. You might also want one with interchangeable heads so that if something happens, you’ll have the right tool for the job.
This is a device that detects studs in walls and has two parts: a magnetic field generator and a vibrating unit. When it’s placed against a wall, you can hear and feel when it comes in contact with the metal part of the stud (i.e. the screw) and determine exactly where to place your brackets. This will make mounting easier since it allows you to secure your TV on studs instead of drywall or concrete, which is less sturdy.
This leveling tool ensures that both bars are at the same level by using bubbles to show when they're perfectly horizontal. This tool can also be used to determine where to put your TV and is a great way to get the placement just right.
This cuts through wood easily and is an essential part of any power drill set. Make sure it matches the size of your screws.
You’ll need these to cut through the electrical wire so that you can place the TV on the wall where there’s an electrical outlet. Your cables will determine how close you can put your TV to an outlet, but in most cases, it should be within 40 cm.
With all of these tools, you’ll need a drill to make the right holes and secure your brackets.
Once you have all the right tools you need to complete the project, it's time to get started.
Mounting Your Bracket
When you mount a tv to the wall, it's important to make sure that your brackets and TV are level. You can use a stud finder, which will help you put screws where the studs of the wall are. Studs typically last longer than drywall and concrete, so it’s best to secure your TV on them instead.
The first step is to get an idea of where you want to mount your TV. Use a tape measure and pencil to outline the wall, making sure that it’s at least 60 cm away from any furniture so there won’t be much interference when there’s something in front of or below it. If you don't, this could cause the TV to fall off the wall.
In some cases, you’ll need a stud finder to determine where to put your screws, as it's more difficult on concrete and drywall. If you prefer, you can also use this tool on wood behind the drywall once you’ve drilled holes for the screw. Make sure that you drill your hole in the center of where you want to place your TV. If it's not, the bracket won't be sturdy enough and might cause you to lose balance when you try to hang it on the wall while there are cables attached.
Once you’ve drilled holes for each screw, double-check that they're in a straight line. This is very
important as it can cause your TV to lean out of place or fall if they're not level. If the screws are misaligned, you might have to start over with a new drill hole.
Once you’re sure that all screws are drilled in straight holes at an equal distance from each other, tighten them with a screwdriver. You want the screws to be secure, but you don’t have to tighten them too much or they might crack under pressure.
Once your bracket is firm and secure on the wall, have someone help you lift up the TV so that you can place it onto your brackets. If both bars are level from top to bottom, your TV should balance on its own. If you want to be sure, use a leveler to get rid of any doubt.
Once the TV is in place and both brackets are at the same level from top to bottom, hook your cables back to your device and make sure that all connections work properly before turning it on.
If everything goes well, you’re now ready to enjoy your TV!
When you mount a TV, you’ll have a lot of wires to deal with. Make sure that you have a solution for this problem before anything else. If not, cords can cause a tripping hazard and look messy. There are two kinds of solutions:
This is a plastic or metal channel that holds and conceals your cables. You run the wire through it and then mount it to the wall in areas where cords can’t be seen. This is an ideal solution if you're mounting in a corner, but for other areas, you might want to opt for...
This is a set of ties that holds your cables in place, so they aren't visible. Note: If you don't want to go through the hassle of making holes yourself, you can always hire an electrician to do it for you.
Hire a Pro!
If you want to mount a TV but don't want to go through the hassle of making holes or managing your cables, you can hire a professional to do the installation.
At NavInstalls, we specialize in home theater installations in the Dallas Fort Worth area, so you can rest assured that your job will be done right. Click here to get a free estimate today!