In this article, we're going to shoe you hoe to mount your TV on the wall. Mounting a TV can make for heavy lifting, so it’s a good idea to get someone else in your house to help out!
If you’re fond of the minimalist, decluttered look then wall mounting your TV could be for you.
It saves valuable floor space if you have a small home and gives a more streamlined look.
You can also find the best viewing angle and reduce glare from lights or windows with extending, tilting and swivelling wall mounts.
And if you have kids or pets, it’ll keep them and your TV out of harm’s way.
So, let's get started with a quick wall survey.
Check your walls
Unless it’s a really old house, you’ll probably have at least two different types of wall in your home - brick, and stud walls. Most walls can support a TV, but you need to be particularly careful with stud walls. Here’s what to look for…
These walls are fine for mounting a TV of any size, but try to make sure the mounts go into the brick, and not the mortar, as the brick will provide a much more secure fitting. When you’re mounting a large TV, it’s a good idea to use heavy-duty wall anchors that are specifically designed to go into brick to support heavy items.
Interior walls are often made from a wooden ‘stud’ frame with plasterboard attached to it. The wooden 'studs' are strong enough to hold a TV but if you’re planning on mounting your TV directly onto the plasterboard, you’ll need to use special plasterboard fixings and make sure the TV weight doesn’t exceed the maximum weight of the fixing kit.
Some stud walls have a metal frame, with these wall types, your TV will need to be fixed to the plasterboard so make sure your TV isn’t too heavy for the plasterboard fixings.
Use VESA standards to find the right mounting bracket
For most TVs, there are several bracket options – so you’ll want to find the right one for your TV weight and wall type.
To make it easier, most TVs use the VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) standards. These are guidelines that match flat-screen TVs to appropriate wall mounts by measuring the patterns of holes on the back of your TV.
To work out the VESA dimension:
Using a tape measure, measure the distance between the horizontal holes and vertical holes in mm (numbers can also be found in your TV manual). These two numbers are your VESA dimension which can also usually be found in your TV manual or in the TV specifications when you buy your TV.
Non-VESA TV brackets
Some TV manufacturers don’t follow VESA standards. If your TV is one of these, you’ll need a universal mounting bracket – which can be adjusted to properly align with holes.
Remember, the bigger your TV screen, the heavier it’ll be – and the more support it’ll need. Always compare your TV’s weight to the weight rating of your TV mount for safety. A badly mounted TV could be costly, not to mention dangerous.
Now get the following equipment
- Mounting bracket
- Tape measure
- Spirit level
- Rawl plugs
- Stud detector
So, now you've got everything you need and you know where your TV's going, let's get to mounting it...
1. Get your TV in the right position
Before you start drilling holes, you should make sure you know exactly where you want the TV to be positioned. It’s a good idea to cut out a template of your TV so you can stick it on the wall and sit in the seat you’d normally use to watch TV. This way, you’ll know whether the TV is too high, or too low, and you can mark the wall exactly where you want the center of the TV to be.
If you have small children or pets, you might also want to make sure it’s positioned high enough that they can’t reach it.
If you’re not sure exactly where your TV should go, out Where should I put my new TV? article should help.
2. Fix the mount to the wall
When you open up your TV bracket, it'll probably come in quite a few parts. But the two main parts are a) the part that fits onto your TV, and b) the wall mount that screws directly onto your wall.
Once you’ve decided on the positioning of your television, place the wall mount bracket on the wall. Use your spirit level to make sure it's straight, then mark with a pencil where you'll be drilling.
Before you start drilling, check you’re not drilling close to any electrical cables or pipes. A stud detector will tell you if anything metal is behind the wall.
Now drill your holes in the wall, and place your rawl plugs inside the holes.
Position the bracket over the holes and attach it with screws. But don't fully tighten the screws just yet! Take your spirit level and double-check your bracket's straight. If you need to do any adjustments, go ahead. Then you can tighten up your screws.
3. Attach the bracket to your TV
This part should be nice and easy. Lay your TV screen-down on a table or surface that's larger than the screen (it's a good idea to protect the screen with towels), look for the mounting holes on the rear, and firmly attach the mount.
Tip: Make sure the screw holes are lined up properly, and the screws don’t prevent the mount from tilting or swivelling.
4. Connect the cables and lift your TV into place
Connect everything you want to attach to your TV, like your aerial cable, power lead, or HDMI cable.before you mount it.
Then with the help of someone else, lift the TV into place – securing the 2 parts of the bracket with a screwdriver or Allen key (this depends on the type of bracket).
Job done! Enjoy watching your perfectly placed TV!
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