A 32-inch TV can be a great and affordable way of sprucing up your living room.
That being said, mounting it to your wall can definitely have its pitfalls that you must be aware of.
In this post, we will provide all the steps you need to take in order to safely mount your 32-inch TV on the wall.
You will need tools and supplies to install the TV as well. We have listed what you will need.
So, let’s get into it.
Tools and Supplies Needed
Since this is a basic tutorial post, we will provide a list of the tools you will need to install the TV onto Drywall. This is because Drywall is by far the most common type of wall that is present in most households in America.
It’s highly recommended that you go through the list of tools and supplies and gather all of them first before starting installation.
The tools and supplies you will need 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
- Drill bits
- Drywall anchors (if your wall does not have studs)
Once you have bought all of the tools and supplies listed above, you can start the installation.
How to Mount a 32-Inch TV on the Wall? (Step-by-Step Guide)
As mentioned earlier, this post tackles how to mount a 32-inch TV onto Drywall.
Hence, the instructions provided below are for Drywall and that too with wooden studs. Most households in America have Drywall with wooden studs that have a stud spacing of 16 inches.
To mount your TV onto such a wall, follow these steps:
Step 1: To start off, you must decide the location where you want to install your 32-inch TV.
Some factors you need to think about are the location of the power outlet and whether or not you’ll have a pleasurable experience watching TV from the spot you choose.
For a 32-inch TV, the optimal height for most people is 34 inches from the floor to the center of the TV.
Once you’ve found a spot that works best for your TV, you can start to make it ready for mounting.
Step 2: Use your stud finder to find the locations of the wooden studs in the wall.
Assuming that the stud spacing is 16 inches, once you find one, the other should be 16 inches apart from it.
It’s a good idea to install your wall mount into a minimum of two studs.
If the studs are too far apart or if you don’t have studs in your wall at all, then you will need to employ the use of Drywall anchors.
However, if you do have studs with the 16-inch spacing, the mount can be installed onto them using the screws provided with the mount.
Once you have found the locations of the two studs you intend to use, you should mark them with a pencil or a marker.
Step 3: For larger TVs, we recommend that you have a helper but since this one’s only 32 inches, you can definitely get away with installing it alone.
Although, if it’s convenient for you to get someone to help you with the process, we still do recommend it.
Hold the TV mount up to the location and align its mounting holes to the locations of the studs that you identified in the last step.
Use your pencil or marker to mark the locations of the mounting holes.
Make sure to use a level during this stage. It’s important that the mount is held upright when you mark the locations for the mounting holes.
Step 4: Use the drill you have to pre-drill holes into the locations that you marked in the last step.
These will be the holes in your studs that will be used to firmly secure the TV mount to the wall.
Pull the trigger slightly and gently push the drill into the wall to make the hole.
It’s important that you don’t go too fast or apply too much pressure early on as that can damage the Drywall.
Step 5: Now, you can finally start to install the mount onto the wall.
While you can definitely do this step on your own since a TV mount for a 32-inch TV will be much smaller, we still recommend that you have a helper if possible.
Hold the TV mount up to the wall so that the mounting holes align with the holes you have made in the last step.
Then, use a screwdriver to firmly screw in the mount to the wall.
Once again, a level should be used at this stage to ensure that the TV mount is not being installed crooked.
When screwing in the mount, it’s highly important that you don’t over-tighten them. If you tighten the screws too much, they can damage the TV mount or even your Drywall.
Step 6: Now that the TV mount has been securely installed into your wall, you can now install the TV onto it.
The process for connecting the TV to the TV mount can vary depending on the models and manufacturers of both the TV as well as the TV mount.
Make sure that you read the instructions for both the TV as well as the TV mount before you proceed with this step.
In most cases, you will have to screw in the TV to the mount using a screwdriver or socket wrench.
Step 7: That’s pretty much it. Your TV is now installed.
We recommend that you test the TV for wobbliness to ensure it’s stable.
If it wobbles, then that means one or more screws are loose. In this case, you should go back, check and tighten any screw that’s loose.