How to Wall Mount Your TV: A Guide for Beginners

Mounting a flat screen to the wall is a great way to not only modernise the look of your living space, but also free up space. In this day and age, televisions are not just the focal point of our homes, but also the main source of entertainment and a great reason to sit back and relax at the end of a long and busy day.

Are you still “getting around” to mounting your flat screen television? Look no further. This guide will give you all the information you will need to get you motivated and mounting your TV on the wall once and for all!

Before you even begin the process of mounting, let’s make sure you have these helpful tools:

  • Stud finder: Your best friend when it comes to mounting. Use this to find the studs in your wall and then grab your drill.
  • Power drill: Never use a hammer and nails when mounting heavy equipment. A power drill is a very helpful piece of equipment to have in your toolbox, and a necessary tool for this job. 
  • Level: The name says it all. You don’t want to do all the hard work of mounting it just to find out your TV is crooked. Using a level ensures that your TV is mounted perfectly every time.
  • An extra set of hands: Having a little bit of help from a friend or family member is invaluable when mounting your TV. Not only will you need to hold up a potentially heavy bracket for extended periods of time, you will also need to hoist your television up and secure it.

Now that we have the tools, let’s go over the steps to getting your TV up on the wall and you on the sofa watching a movie, admiring your hard work. 

Step 1: Choose the right wall mount/bracket.

There are a few different types of wall mounts, such as fixed, swivel, tilting or full motion. Make sure to research which one fits your needs and space. Always check the product specifications to make sure your television is compatible with the bracket (i.e. has the right VESA mount spacing) and watch tutorials on the mount you want so you can be acquainted with it even before you mount it.

Step 2: Choose where to mount your television.

Now that you have the proper bracket, you must decide where your television will go in the room. Angles and how you will view the screen when you are sitting is very important so consider the location carefully. If your bracket swivels or tilts, you can adjust it a bit after it’s mounted as well. You can also try a mock mounting by holding up a box or a similar sized item to the size of the TV and see if you like it in that section of the room. 

Some extra tips to choosing a spot:

  • Make sure there are outlets so you don’t have to run long cables. 
  • Figure out where gaming consoles, Media  players and other electronics will go before you mount. 
  • Avoid direct sunlight. 
  • Choose a weight bearing wall. 

Step 3: Locate wall studs.

Use the stud finder to find wall studs to mount the bracket onto. If mounting into brick, you won’t need to find studs. Just use masonry screws to secure the bracket.

Step 4: Mark the area and drill your pilot holes.

After you find the studs, hold your mount up to the wall, grab a level and make sure the mount is level as you use a pencil to mark where the drill holes will be. Measure the distance between top and bottom holes on the mounting arm and mark two points in the center of each of the wall studs that correspond to these holes. The level will help make sure you marked correctly and that the holes will match up as well. Drill pilot holes (which should be smaller than the total diameter of the screw) to create a cavity for your screws or bolts to “bite into” once you drill them in.

Step 5: Attach mounting bracket to the wall.

Hold the mount to the wall, use a level, and drill in your screws or bolts using the pilot holes made in the last step.

Step 6. Attach the mounting plate to the TV.

Follow the instructions given with the bracket and attach the mounting plate to your TV.

Step 7: Attach the TV to the wall.

The last step before you can start binge watching all your favorite shows —  before you lift the TV, get a helping hand to lift it with you. Flat screen TVs may be “flat” but they are also heavy and often delicate. With the mounting bracket instructions in mind, line the mounting arm or plate on the TV up with the bracket on the wall and connect them. 

You have successfully mounted your flat screen! Time to make some popcorn, dim the lights and turn on your favorite film to celebrate. 

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