A guide to wall mounting your TV
Wall mounting your TV will help you get the best viewing angle and make your living room less cluttered. Putting it up is simple, too. Read on for our guide…
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.
And if you’re conscious of safety, wall mounting is the best way to prevent accidental knocks.
You can also find the best viewing angle and reduce glare from lights or windows with extending, tilting and swivelling wall mounts.
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Before you start, you will need:
- mounting bracket
- tape measure
- spirit level
- rawl plugs
Mounting a TV can make for heavy lifting, so you may want to get a friend or family member to help you.
1. Use VESA standards to find the right mounting bracket
A mounting bracket is the structure that holds your TV on the wall.
For most TVs, there are several bracket options – so you want to find the right one for your TV weight and wall type.
To make it easier, you can 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 2 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.
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 which don’t conform to standard VESA dimensions.
Compare TV and TV mount weights for safety
Remember the bigger your TV screen, the heavier it will be – and the more support it will need. Always compare your TV’s weight to the weight rating of your TV mount for safety. No one wants a TV crashing down off a wall.
2. Attach the mounting bracket to your TV
Your mounting bracket comes with 2 pieces: 1 that mounts to the TV and another that mounts to the wall.
Start by attaching the TV part. It’s best to hold the TV upright rather than laying it face down while you do this.
Tip: Make sure the screw holes are lined up properly, and the screws don’t prevent the mount from tilting or swivelling.
3. Mark where the screws will go on the wall
Lay the part of the bracket that mounts on your wall against the part you’ve just fitted to your TV. Use a tape measure to work out the space between the bottom of the TV and the bottom of the bracket.
Then measure the length of your TV. Draw this in pencil on the wall where you want to put your set and mark the spot where the bottom of the bracket will sit.
Line up the wall part of the bracket along this line on the wall – using a spirit level to keep it straight – and mark the drill holes with a pencil.
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4. Attach the bracket to the wall
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.
5. Mount your TV
Connect everything you want to attach to your TV – like the power, AV, HDMI and scart cables – before you mount it.
Then, with the help of someone else, lift the TV into place – attaching the 2 parts of the bracket with a screwdriver.
6. Or you could leave it to the experts
Unsure about drilling in your walls? Our Knowhow team can mount your new TV for you