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How to Mount a TV on a Swivel Stand – Full Installation Guide with Tips

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Swivel stands can be a great middle-ground you can choose to have the best of both worlds: flexibility of movement and ease of installation.

When you install a TV onto a stand, especially a swivel stand, there are a number of pitfalls you must know about prior to installation. 

If you go into the installation process without preparation, you could even permanently damage your TV, the swivel stand, or both. 

Quick summary

In this post, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to mount a TV on a swivel stand with ease. 

We’ve provided a list of tools and supplies you will need for the process below as well. 

So without further ado, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of it. 

Tools and Supplies Needed


Unlike wall mounting, when you mount a TV onto a stand, you don’t need a ton of tools for the job. 

That being said, we still highly recommend that you take the time to first gather all of the tools and supplies needed. This will make the process much more efficient since you’ll have everything you need on hand and ready to go. 

The tools and supplies you will need to mount a TV on a swivel stand are: 

  • A swivel stand 
  • A standard screwdriver 
  • A level 
  • A helper
  • A soft, thick blanket or any other similar soft surface
  • Your TV

After you gather all of the tools and supplies, you inn begin the mounting process

How to Mount a TV onto a Swivel Stand?(Step-by-Step Guide)


The great thing about TV stands as compared to TV mounts is the fact that there are a ton of factors you won’t have to worry about. 

You don’t need to worry about the type of wall you have and whether it has studs or not, etc. since you won’t be mounting the TV to the wall. 

To mount a TV onto a swivel stand with ease, just follow these steps: 

Step 1: Before you start to install the TV onto the stand, you must first decide where you want the stand and TV to be placed. 

Deciding on the location of the stand is crucial because you want it to be in a convenient position from where you can comfortably watch TV. Hence, ensure that the location you choose has a decent amount of space in front of it. 

Not only that but it’s also a good idea to have the location near a power outlet. 

If possible, the location should also be away from a window. If you have it near a window, the light from it can cause glare on your screen during the daytime. 

After you have decided the location, go ahead and place the base of the stand at it. 

Step 2: Once the base of the swivel stand is at its appropriate location, the next step is to attach the guide stand section to it. 

The top part of the base stand is what will attach to the guide stand. 

You must ensure that you position the guide stand in a way so that its elevated section faces the back section of the base stand. 

Furthermore, you must ensure that the screw holes of the guide stand align with the holes in the top part of the base stand. 


Step 3: Once the holes have been aligned, go ahead and insert the screws into all of them. 

Please note that depending on the manufacturer, the number of holes you have may be different. 

Typically, swivel stands have 4 – 5 holes that need screws to be inserted into them. 

Once you’ve inserted the screws into all of the holes, take your screwdriver and tighten all of them. 

It’s important that you don’t over-tighten the screws at this stage since that can damage the swivel stand.

If that happens, you may not be able to mount the TV onto it at all. Hence, exercise great caution at this stage. 


Step 4: Ask your helper to hold the TV and slide it gently into the guide stand. 

The helper should hold the TV in such a way so that the mounting holes of the TV align perfectly with the holes in the guide stand. 

Unless your TV and swivel stand is non-VESA-compliant, the distances of the mounting holes will be according to VESA standards. 

Step 5: Insert screws into the four mounting holes through your TV and the swivel stand. 

Go ahead and use your screwdriver to tighten all four screws and firmly attach the TV to the stand. 

Again, you must take great care, not to over-tighten the screws at this stage. If you over tighten, you can damage the holes at the back of your TV. 

If that happens, you won’t be able to mount your TV anywhere. Hence, be very careful and don’t apply too much force when tightening the screws at this stage. 

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Step 6: Once all the screws have been appropriately tightened, you should be good to go. 

At this stage, it’s important that you test the sturdiness of your installation job. Hold the TV with one hand and try to move it around. 

The swivel arm is the one that should move as you apply force to the TV; Not the TV itself. 

If you feel that the TV is wobbling a bit too much and is not firm to your touch, then that means that one or more screws are loose. In this case, you must check all the screws again, identify the ones that are loose, and tighten them again. 

After tightening, test it again. Remember that it’s the swivel arm that is supposed to move around, your TV should be firmly attached to the stand. 

Once you’re sure everything is secure and safe, you can sit back and start watching TV.

Wrapping Things Up…

Many people are intimidated by the mounting process for a TV onto a swivel stand and we’re not sure why since it’s much easier than wall mounting. 

You don’t need to drill any holes into the wall and don’t need to worry about studs or anything like that. 

We hope you feel more confident installing your TV onto a swivel stand after reading this post. 

If you have any further questions, please let us know in the comments below.


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