It can be extremely exciting when you buy an 85-inch TV for your home. However, mounting it can definitely present some challenges.
Moreover, it’s important that you be aware of all of the factors involved so you can install your 85-inch TV on the wall securely and safely.
In this post, we will provide detailed instructions on how you can safely mount an 85-inch TV to your wall with minimal effort.
We will also list the tools and supplies you will need.
So without further ado, let’s get started.
Tools and Supplies Needed
In most of our installation tutorial posts, we recommend that you get all of your tools and supplies gathered first.
Gathering tools and supplies first will save you a lot of time because if you don’t gather them first, you’ll have to go look for another tool after each step.
This way, you will have all the tools and supplies ready to go whenever needed.
The tools and supplies you will need to mount your 85-inch TV are
- A wall-mount
- A level
- A stud finder
- Assorted screws and bolts (that you received from the wall mount)
- A screwdriver or a socket wrench
- A drill
- A pencil or marker
- A helper
- Drill bits
- Drywall anchors (if your wall does not have studs)
Once you have all of the tools gathered, you can begin the process to install the mount and the TV.
How to Mount an 85-Inch TV on the Wall? (Step-by-Step Guide)
For the purposes of this post, we will describe how you can mount your 85-inch TV onto Drywall.
We are discussing mounting your TV onto Drywall with wooden studs only because that’s the most common type of wall found in most American households.
Follow these steps to mount your 85-inch TV to the wall:
Step 1: First of all, you have to decide on a location where you want to mount your TV.
Ideally, the spot you choose should be near a power outlet and it should have enough space in front of it to accommodate you as well as multiple other possible viewers.
For an 85-inch TV, the optimal height for most people is 21 inches from the floor to the bottom of the TV.
Once you’ve decided on a general area for the location of the TV, you can get to work on it.
Step 2: Take your stud finder and use it to find the locations of studs in the wall.
Ideally, these studs should be 16 inches apart as that’s the most common stud spacing found in most American households.
If the studs are too far apart or if you don’t have studs in your wall at all, then you will need Drywall anchors to mount the TV properly.
If you do have studs with the appropriate spacing, you can just mount your TV onto them using the screws provided with the mount.
For the purposes of this post, we will focus on if your wall does have wooden studs at the appropriate spacing.
Mark the locations of the studs with a pencil or marker.
Step 3: Ask your helper to hold the TV mount up to the wall at the location where you have located the studs. Align the mount along with the stud locations so that the spots for the mounting holes align with the studs.
Mark the locations for the mounting holes with a pencil or a marker.
Make sure to use a level during this stage to ensure that your helper is holding up the TV mount properly while you’re making the marks.
Step 4: Take your drill and pre-drill holes into the marks you have made on the studs in your wall.
Make sure that you start gently at first and slowly increase the speed and pressure.
If you go too fast initially, you can risk damaging the Drywall.
Step 5: Next, ask your helper to hold the TV mount up to the wall again.
This time, you should screw in the TV mount onto the Drywall using the holes you made in step 4.
Use a screwdriver to firmly and securely install the TV mount onto the wooden studs in your wall.
It’s important that you don’t over-tighten the screws at this stage as that can damage the wall as well.
You should use a level at this stage as well to ensure that the TV mount is not being installed crooked.
Step 6: Once the TV mount has been installed onto the wall, you can now think about installing your TV onto it.
The process for installing your TV onto the mount can vary slightly depending on the model and manufacturer of your TV mount.
Make sure you read the instructions provided carefully and you should be good to go.
Ask your helper to hold the TV up to the mount so that the mounting holes align appropriately between the two.
Next, use your screwdriver or socket wrench to screw in the bolts between the TV mount and the TV.
Step 7: Once the TV is properly installed, ask your helper to let go gently.
It’s important that both you and the helper are ready to catch the TV in case it’s not properly installed.
Once the helper lets go and the TV stays in place, you can breathe a sigh of relief.
Hold your TV and shake it slightly to test its stability. If it doesn’t wobble too much, then you’re good to go.
However, if it does wobble, then that means that one or more screws are loose. In this case, we advise that you check each screw to identify which one is loose.
Once you identify the loose screws, you can tighten them to securely install your TV to the mount.
Wrapping Things Up…
That’s pretty much all there is to mounting an 85-inch TV to the wall.
The process is fairly the same as for any other TV. You just have to be extra careful since it’s a much bigger TV that weighs a lot more.
That’s why we highly recommend that you don’t do this task on your own. Have a friend or family member assist you.
If you have any more questions regarding installation, please reach out in the comments below.