For those who are in desperate need of cleaning up the clutter in their bedroom or freeing up floor space in their living room, one method of doing so is by mounting your TV—if it is a flat screen—to the wall.
It may seem like an extravagant thing to do, but it’s actually one of the more practical responses to a crowded room, especially if we’re talking about a small room in a house with kids or at least more than one person. If you think you’re ready for a wall-mounted TV, follow our guide below and let’s get started!
Materials and Tools
- Wall mount TV kit (preferably by the TV’s manufacturer)
- Power drill
- Drill bits
- Stud finder
- Tape measure
- Cable-wire locator/tester
- Socket wrench
- Before starting, use a cable-wire locator/tester before drilling, which should prevent wiring damage.
- Make sure your A/V cables meet relevant fire and building codes. Most call for CL3 or CL2 wire for in-wall installation.
- If your home uses metal studs, don’t wall mount a TV because most cannot support a TV’s weight.
Directions for Mounting a Flat Screen to the Wall
- Attach the mounting bracket onto the TV. Unbolt and then remove the stand from the TV frame if there is one. Find the TV’s mounting holes, which are on the back. Pry off any plastic caps on the holes using a screwdriver. With the bolts from the mounting kit, use a wrench to attach the mounting arms to the TV’s mounting holes—avoid over-tightening and the power drill, and each mounting bracket must be level to the other.
- Determine the right location on the wall. Find a spot without a glare and with good visibility for all the room’s sitting areas. For the most viewing ease, plan on mounting the TV at viewers’ eye level when they’re seated—the middle of the TV should be roughly 45 inches above the ground. The location should be near an outlet, so, to ensure it’ll reach, measure the television’s power cord.
- Attach wall mount bracket onto the wall. (1) Using the stud finder, find two studs in the wall that can support the TV and mark their centers with your pencil—confirm you’ve found the studs by using a nail. (2) On the TV’s mounting arms, measure the length between both the upper and lower holes. Label two points at each wall stud’s center, corresponding to the holes. (3) Ensure each arm’s mounting holes are even by using the level. (4) Drill pilot holes using the power drill for the wall bracket bolts or screws. (5) Using the bolts or screws from the wall mounting kit, attach your wall bracket plate onto the wall. However, if the mounting kit has lag bolts, use the socket wrench to drive them in.
- Connect cables. If you are attaching a flat screen TV onto an immobile wall mount, try connecting the TV’s cables before securing it onto the wall bracket. If not, the TV and other attached devices should be unplugged. With someone’s help, hold up the TV to the mount. Then, attach the video and audio cables as per the TV manufacturer’s instructions.
- Hang TV. Lock the TV’s mounting arms to the wall bracket plate, following the TV’s instructions for securing the connections (do not try to do this part alone). Verify each connection point is securely locked down. Try out the installation via several minor tugs. Troubleshoot the TV functions and connections to ensure everything works and adjust as necessary. Also, get help if the TV ever needs to be taken down from the wall.
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