Let’s face it, wall-mounted TVs are a great way to optimize space and give your living room an amazing, elegant look. Ever since the industry started looking up to flat-screen displays as the future of home entertainment and multimedia, wall-mounted TVs have been quite the rage. If you too are looking forward to getting yourself a wall-mounted setup of your own, then you are at the right place. Today, we intend to help you mount your flat-screen TV on a wall by yourself with these 7 easy to follow steps.
Before we get into mounting your TV, let’s see what you need to know and consider.
- The location: It is always good to know beforehand where you want your TV to be. May it be over a nice decor table or above your fireplace, figure out where it’s best for you.
- The wall: First off, you need to know what kind of wall you’re dealing with. If it’s a solid wall, concrete, or brick, you’re good to go. If you have any sort of plaster wall or drywall, we highly recommend using a quality stud finder to find the optimum spot for support and stability.
- Make sure you have the right tools: Without the right tools, you might end up getting more than you bargained for with a ruined wall, or even worse, a ruined TV.
What you’ll need:
- A good TV mount set (bracket plate and arms)
- An impact driver with appropriate attachments (drill and screwdriver bits)
- A good quality stud finder
- A level
- A screwdriver
- Appropriate sized screws (according to your TV set and the wall)
- Measuring tape, a pencil
- Protective glasses and gloves
- A helper
STEP 1: Fix the arms of the mount to the back of your TV.
Get your TV face down on an appropriate surface. Then fix the arms of the mount to the sockets provided at the back of your TV. Make sure that the screws you are using on your television are of appropriate length so that you don’t end up damaging the TV. We recommend a manual tool like a screwdriver to put the screws. Using a power tool could result in damage to the TV set.
STEP 2: Adjust the bracket plate on the back of the TV and take measurements.
Now, what you want to do is to take the bracket plate that goes on your wall and place it on the arms you just fixed on the TV. Take out your measuring tape and find out the length between the bottom end of the bracket plate and the bottom end of your TV. Also, ensure that you know how high up from the ground you want your TV to be.
STEP 3: Find studs on your wall for optimum support.
If you have a brick wall or a solid wall, you can skip this step and go to step 4. However, if you’re dealing with a plaster wall or drywall, this step is going to be important.
Take your measuring tape and find out where the bottom end of your TV is going to be (the height of the TV from your floor) and mark it. We recommend a pencil so that you can rub the marks off later if you so please.
Also, mark the lower end of the bracket plate using the length between the TV and bracket you measured.
Now, use the stud finder to find studs in the wall along the line of your bracket plate marking and mark their edges. Then, find the central point of the studs and mark lines perpendicular to the ground passing through them. You could also use tape to mark these lines.
STEP 4: Get your bracket plate and mark the holes for your screws.
Place your bracket plate on the wall, on the two lines you’ve just drawn. Use a level on top of the bracket to make sure it’s completely parallel to the ground. Now, mark the four points on the two perpendicular lines where you will be making holes, through the spaces given in the bracket plate. We recommend having a helper or an assistant to ease the process.
STEP 5: Drill holes on the marks you’ve made.
Before you get on with this process, make sure you have your safety glasses and hand gloves on!
Use an impact driver with a drill bit attachment to make holes on the four marks you’ve made.
We suggest using a smaller attachment at first to make your pilot holes. Once done, you can use a bigger attachment to make them wider for your fasteners or sheaths depending on their circumference.
We also suggest not drilling the holes very deep, as it may compromise the integrity of the screws holding your mount and your TV.
STEP 6: Install your screw fasteners and fix the bracket plate to your wall.
Insert the screw fasteners or threaded insert sheaths in the wall. Now all you have to do is fix the bracket plates to the wall using the screws. We recommend getting someone to help you with this process.
We also recommend using an impact driver with a screwdriver bit to speed up the process. Once you’ve driven the screws into the bracket plate, and it is firmly attached to the wall, use a level to ensure everything is parallel.
STEP 7: Hang the TV on the bracket plate.
Now that the bracket plate is in place, and you’ve already attached the arms to the TV, it’s time to hang the TV on the wall.
We suggest that you get someone to help you to ensure a smooth procedure. Pick the TV up and make sure it is properly attached to the bracket plate.
There you go! With a few easy steps, you’ve got yourself your TV mounted on the wall. This mounted TV will not only allow a better television viewing experience but will also allow you to manage your wires well.
So if you’re planning to get yourself a wall-mounted TV, now you know you can do it with these seven simple steps!
This article was last updated on May 25, 2021 .