How to Wall Mount a TV in easy steps

TV wall mounting encourages you to buy a new TV or a fancy sound system for your home theater. Mounting a TV on a wall provides a cleaner aesthetic design and enhances your viewing experience.

It is also quite inexpensive, with many top-notch mounting alternatives going for $100 or less. The basics for installing hardware for TV mounting are the same, whether you have a tilting wall mount, a fully articulated wall mount, or a dual-arm mount that allows a full range of motion.

Here is a comprehensive step-by-step guide from preparation to the actual installation of the TV.

The Equipment You’ll Need

In addition to a TV and a wall, you’ll need to have on hand the following things to properly mount a TV:

You’ll also need at least one additional person to assist. To raise and set the position of your TV, you’ll require an extra set of hands or a second person to assist you in finding the perfect position.

Precautions for Handling TV

A single person can easily handle a smaller TV, but if it is anything larger than 50 inches, two people should lift and move it.

Even though the TV’s weight is reasonable for one person to hoist, its size and form make it difficult to handle, and care must be given to avoid scratching the screen.

When handling a TV, you need to take extra care to protect the display panel. Large sheets of glass or plastic contain natural flexibility, but the display technology underneath usually doesn’t have such flexibility. Any unwanted stretching or strain on a panel, no matter how slight, can permanently harm a television.

To keep the TV upright, support it at the sides and on the top corners. Try not to bend while lifting the thinnest TVs because they can bend under their own weight, which may lead to damage to the display.

When laying a TV flat, place it screen-side down on a broad, level surface covered in a soft, freshly laundered blanket or carpet. Make sure it’s completely clean because any stray items or debris could scratch the screen or bezel.

Find the Ideal TV Mount

The first thing on the TV wall mounting is to select the appropriate mount for your TV. There are two main considerations here: what bracket size will accommodate your TV, and what kind of TV mount will be suitable for your set and space.

Keep in mind, mount your TV at a distance from the seating area in your room and make sure the TV is easily and clearly viewable from every seat in your seating area.

Work on the maxim “if you have four hours to cut the tree, sharpen your axe in the first three hours,” so before moving toward mounting, unbox your mount and familiarize yourself with the product. Make sure that you have all the screws in the box for the wall and the TV and also ensure that you have comprehended how to attach the wall bracket and TV mounting plate to each other.

Choose the perfect TV Position

After deciding on the ideal mounting bracket for your TV, you must decide where to put it and how high to place it. When mounting a TV to the wall, careful consideration must be given to selecting the position of the TV on the wall because later adjustments will be quite limited.

Try to adjust your TV in the middle of the wall which gives a stunning location. This also allows viewers to be comfortable while watching their favorite shows and movies. Make sure the wall can accommodate any required power outlets as well as any cable or satellite connection.

How to wall-mount a television

If you have gotten everything you need and have decided the position of the wall where you want to mount your TV. It’s a fairly straightforward technique, but getting it correctly will be the difference between a mounted TV that looks good and one that might not sit well or even harm the TV.

1. Get the Durable Studs

After choosing the ideal location for the bracket on the wall, you must locate the studs in order to fix it securely. Your TV wall bracket will have the structural stability needed to sustain a TV that may weigh between 30 and 100 pounds if you mount it to the studs. You must attach the TV mount to the studs since drywall alone cannot handle this much weight. Check the mounting points on the TV and bracket to identify how many studs you need. Generally, two studs are required, one for the left and one for the right. It also depends on your walls and the TV mount you select. There may also be a need for three studs. Mark the location of the studs on the wall with a pencil.

2. Point out the Hole Position with Pencil

Next, you must indicate the precise location of the wall where you will drill holes. These marks shouldn’t be between the two studs, and the quantity won’t be slanted. You can use a pencil to mark the exact location of holes on the wall, or you can apply tape to the intended mounting location.

3. Verify the bracket position twice.

After marking the mounting holes, mount the bracket to the wall. Place your bracket against the wall and align all the screw locations with the marked holes. Check the level of your mount twice with a level when it’s aligned with the planned marked holes.

4. Drill pilot holes

Use a power drill to make holes through the drywall and into the studs in the right place. The drill shouldn’t slip from your hand; that can tilt your holes.

5. Place the Wall Bracket against the Wall

After creating the holes, use mounting screws to secure the bracket to the wall. Tighten screws with a drill or screwdriver to firmly attach the bracket. If the mounting plate is rattling or wiggling, you have to over-tighten the screws enough to make sure they are not wrapping around the bracket anymore. With the properly placed bracket, you have more than half the work of TV mounting completed.

6. Attach the TV mounting plate

After completing the first half of the TV wall mounting, in the very next step, you will attach your mounting plate to the back of your TV. Also, connect that plate with an already placed bracket to securely hang your TV against the wall. Attach the two halves of the mount with an extendable arm or a simple clip system depending on the type of your mount. With the help of a screwdriver, use the included screws (that came with your TV mount) on the mounting plate to secure it to the TV. Don’t tighten your screws too much; that may result in damage to stripped screw heads or TV chassis. So, tighten the screw until it holds the bracket, and then tighten it a quarter turn more.

7. Secure the TV mounting plate with the wall bracket

Finally, securely attach the TV mounting plate to the wall bracket. Lift your TV to the height of the wall bracket so that you can attach the bracket and plate. Use the accompanying hardware to secure the plate to the bracket, and be sure to read the TV mount's instructions that came with the mount. You can let the bracket support the weight of the TV as long as the mount is firmly fastened.

8. Activate your TV

At this point, all that needs to activate your TV. Provide a power supply to the TV and other devices that need it. After that is over, you can relax and enjoy the newly mounted TV.