The Inspector

By NPI, Inc.



Mount Your TV in Less Than 10 Steps

 November 15, 2021 |  Home Decor, DIY |  living room, bedroom, basement, walls, electrical, entertaining

Getting a brand new flatscreen can really upgrade your home theater. But if you don’t like having it sit low on a bulky entertainment center, the better option might be to hang it on the wall. Here’s what you need to do to install your new TV without having it come crashing down.

Tools for the Job
Before you get started, there are a few items you’ll need: 

  • Paper template 
  • Pencil 
  • Tape measure 
  • Drill 
  • Stud finder 
  • Level 
  • Screwdriver
  • Mount 

Depending on the size of your TV, you might need the help of one other person. As you move your TV around, be extra cautious. Too much pressure or flexing in the wrong spot can damage your display. Always remember to take your time and place your TV in a safe spot until it’s time to hang it up.

Finding the Correct Mount
There are several different styles of mounts that you can typically choose from. The most popular is a stationary mount that holds your TV flush against the wall. If you’re installing in a smaller room, this style can make things feel less cramped. A swivel or tilt mount lets you move your TV side to side or up and down to get the best viewing angle possible. Along with mobility, make sure that your mount is rated for your TV’s weight and size.

Get the Right Viewing Angle
Finding that viewing sweet spot is crucial to capping off the perfect home theater. Try to pick a spot that won’t have much foot traffic and is also away from the sun’s glare. The wall you decide on should be load-bearing and able to withstand the additional weight. Then, pick the right height. You optimally want to choose a height where the bottom of your display is around eye level when you’re sitting and the top is at eye level when you’re standing. This will keep you from having to crane your neck when watching your favorite show. A useful trick to find the right height is to make a template of your TV out of paper and move it around.

Mark the Studs and Pilot Holes
When you think you’ve found the right spot, locate the nearby studs. Use your stud finder, and mark the studs with a pencil. Some models of mounts will require using either one or two studs. It’s best to avoid just using wall anchors, as they can give way under the tension of the mount and the TV. After you locate the studs, mark where the holes will need to go for the mount screws. Use a level to ensure that the holes will align.

Attach the Mount and Plate
Next, drill the mount into the pilot holes. Go about halfway in with the screws, and re-check that everything is level. If it’s all good, go ahead and drill the screws the rest of the way. After, follow the directions with your mount to attach the plate on the back of your TV. Lastly, all you have to do is attach your TV to the wall mount! You can also purchase a cover to hide those unsightly wires and give your new project an even sleeker look. 

The whole process only takes about an hour or two, and you’ll have the perfect view for those holiday programs and sporting events!


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