A TV wall mount has become integral to the living room arrangement nowadays. Especially since you can now run Netflix marathons on your flat screens.
One question that frequently pops up is, “how should I mount my TV on a drywall or a plaster wall?”
To help you out with this process, this post contains all you need to know about “How to Hang a TV Mount”.
Questions to Consider
The best way to start the wall mounting process is to consider the following questions to pave a pathway you should follow:
- Can the wall hold the weight of the TV?
- How high should the TV be installed?
- What type of TV Mount should be used?
- Are there any environmental factors that need to be considered?
- How will the cords be hidden?
We will answer these questions as we go through the entire installation process.
These are some of the things that you would need to mount your TV on a wall:
- Stud Finder: This tool locates the wooden studs inside the wall.
- Drill: A power drill will help drill holes into the wooden studs or stone wall quickly.
- Drill bits: If you are mounting your TV on drywall then you should use a Carbide-tipped masonry bit. If you are mounting your TV on a concrete or brick wall then you should use a Phillips head drill bit to drive in the mounting screws.
- Level: This tool will help you make sure that the mounting screws have been installed on equal levels.
- Pencil or Painter’s Tape: You can use these as marking points.
If you have a concrete or brick wall, then you can start the installation process directly, but, if you have a plaster wall, then the beginning is a little different.
A plaster wall will have either of the two studs:
- Wooden frame or profiles
- Metal stud profiles
So, in this case, you need to locate the studs first. You can locate the wooden studs through a stud finder and the metal studs through a pipe finder.
Builders usually install studs in the wall 450mm or 600mm apart. Therefore, the type of mount you buy will depend on this measurement.
Now hold the mount against the wall and mark where the mounting screws need to be drilled. Drill into these point holes.
If you are mounting on a stone wall then attach a masonry bit to the drill to create point holes.
Hold the mounting bracket against the wall in line with the mounting holes of the mount and drill the screws into the point holes to attach the bracket.
Locate the four mounting screws on the back of your TV and attach the mounting plate with these screws.
Bring the TV up to the wall and attach the mounting plate with the mounting bracket.
Tip: We highly advise you not to mount the TV on the wall by yourself once you need to attach the plate with the bracket. Remember that while flat screens are slim, they are NOT lightweight. Therefore, have someone help you out to lift the TV and attach it to the wall.
You can hide the cables or wires that leave a trail on your TV after connecting your TV with the essential devices.
Use a TV cable cover kit that will hide all the wires and attach them to the wall for convenience.
If you do not want to use a cover kit, then you can also consider:
- Fabric Cord Concealer
- Zip Ties to prevent cables from touching the floor
- Baseboard Raceway
- Cord Clips to hide cables behind the TV stand
- Cable Management Box
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can you hang a TV mount all by yourself?
Yes, you can mount a TV by yourself. According to the location, you should know what type of wall mount would be best.
You can hang the TV mount following these steps:
- Drill holes into the wall or wooden studs.
- Insert mounting screws.
- Attach plate to the mounting screws.
- Attach the bracket to the TV.
- Attach the bracket and TV with the mounting plate.
How do you install a TV on drywall?
The process to install a TV on drywall is the same as mounting a TV on masonry surfaces such as brick or concrete walls. You just need to locate the wooden studs in the drywall.
Wooden studs hold the weight of the TV firmly and prevent the wall from collapsing under its own weight.
You can use a stud finder to locate the studs and find a mount suitable for the distance between the studs.
Is it bad to mount a TV on drywall?
Drywalls can support up to 100 lbs, but only if the TV is mounted properly. The mount may require extra support.
Moreover, ensure that you mount the TV on the wooden studs in the drywall because they will provide an anchor point for the mount. This will prevent the TV and mount from falling.
How much does it cost to wall mount a TV?
If you decide to get professional to wall mount your TV, the costs vary in the following manner:
- The national average cost is $125
- The average cost range is between $110-137
- Low-end cost amounts to $80
- High-end cost amounts to $321
Is it better to mount your TV or put it on a TV stand?
The biggest benefit of wall mounting your TV is the space it saves. You can have a clean and organized entertainment center if the TV is mounted rather than placed on a TV stand.
Wrapping it Up
We conclude our post on “How to Hang a TV Mount” here with all the information you need to know about the process.
Wall mounting a TV is not that difficult, it’s just a bit technical.
All you need to do is ask yourself the important questions, get the necessary tools, and install your TV.
If you still feel unsure about mounting a TV yourself, then we highly recommend you to get a professional to help you out.
Let us know if you still have any questions.