How to mount a TV

How to Mount a TV

Traditionally, we would keep our TVs on a TV stand within the living room. TVs used to be a lot more chunky, and so storing them on top of something was the only option.

However, TVs have adapted over the years, and now it is very rare that you will find a chunky TV.

Instead, the majority of TVs are now flat screens, and this new design opened up lots of different options for storing your TV. The main way is, of course, mounting it onto the wall. 

While the thought of hanging your expensive TV on the wall can be quite daunting, there are now lots of different mounts available for TVs of all different sizes.

Even the largest of TVs can be safely mounted on your wall for you to enjoy. With that in mind, we’ve put together this guide with all the information you need to know about mounting your TV. 

Check your Walls 

Before you purchase a wall mount for your TV, you need to check your walls. Unless your house is particularly old, the majority of homes have 2 types of walls: stud walls and brick walls.

The majority of walls will be capable of holding your TV, however, depending on the type of wall you are looking to mount on, you will have to be more cautious during the process. 

First, let’s talk about brick walls. Brick walls are totally capable of holding a TV upon them, and you can mount the TV pretty much anywhere along the wall.

How to mount a TV

That being said, you should try to avoid adding the mount into the mortar that joins the bricks as this is much weaker than the brick. This doesn’t mean that your TV will immediately fall out of the wall, but it does increase the chance of the mount not lasting.

Brick is incredibly sturdy and provides an excellent base for you to add your TV. However, if you are mounting to a brick wall we would suggest buying a mount that comes with wall anchors as these are designed for brick walls and are a lot more stable for holding large TVs. 

The other type of wall that you will encounter is a stud wall. Stud walls tend to form the interior walls of your home and they consist of a simple wood frame that has had plasterboard attached to it to form a wall.

how to mount a TV

Mounting a TV onto a stud wall is more difficult because you have to be careful about where on the wall you attach the mount.

While the wooden studs of the wall are more than capable of holding the TV mount, the plasterboards that cover them are incredibly weak and will not be able to support the weight of the TV without some help. 

This doesn’t mean that you cannot attach a TV mount to a stud wall, it just means that you need to take extra precautions.

For this, you will have to buy plasterboard fittings which are designed to hold the weight of the TV. These work ideally in conjustion with getting a screw in at least one of the studs in the wall!

Attaching to the plasterboard is much riskier, but as long as your TV does not exceed the weight limit of the wall fittings then it will be safe to hang upon your wall. 

What you Need

Once you have found out what type of wall you are fitting to and have purchased a mount appropriate for both the wall and your TV, you can then move on to fitting it.

Before we tell you what to do, we’ve put together this quick guide of everything you will need.

You will need:

  • The mount 
  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Spirit level
  • Pencil 
  • Drill 
  • Stud detector
  • Rawl plugs

Once you have gathered all of this equipment, you can then move onto mounting your TV to the wall. 

How to mount a TV

Despite what it seems, mounting your TV to the wall is actually very easy. To help you out we’re going to tell you everything that you need to do to securely mount your TV onto the wall. 

The first thing that you need to do is decide where along the wall you want to mount your TV.

You should do this before you do anything else because the last thing you want to do is drill the holes then decide you actually don’t want your TV to be in that position.

One way to do this is to cut out a piece of paper to the same size as the measurements of your TV. That way you can pin the paper to the wall to get a better idea of the size of it and how much room it will take up on your wall. 

Once you have chosen the area where you want your TV to sit, you can then begin to attach your mount to the wall.

Most mounts come in a variety of different parts, but they will all include the part that connects to your TV and the part that connects to your wall. The first bit you should attach is the part for your wall. 

Go back to where you decided you want your TV to sit, and place the mount in the right position.

You should then use a spirit level to ensure that it is straight and level. Mark the area with a pencil, then begin to drill holes in the correct places.

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Add the rawl plugs (or toggles) into the holes, then position the bracket over the holes. Check that it is level one more time before securing the bracket with screws. 

Next, you need to attach your TV to the bracket. This part is nice and easy. You simply need to lay your TV flat in a face-down position and place the bracket over the holes that are located on the back. Using a screwdriver, firmly secure the bracket into place. 

Finally, you need to attach all the necessary power and connection cables to your TV. After this is done you should hang the TV onto the wall bracket. This is usually a two-man job as one person will have to hold the TV in place while the other screws it in securely. 

Once that is done, your TV is ready to use. So just sit back and enjoy!