How to Wall Mount Your Flat Screen TV
Mounting your flat screen television to a wall saves space and protects your investment. Getting it up there can be done in five steps once you have the proper equipment and a friend or two on hand to help you.
You’ll need to purchase a mounting kit. These are usually available anywhere that sells TVs. Most come with two or four mounting arms and a bracket plate. The arms lock into your TV and the mounting plate is fastened to your wall. To avoid costly mistakes, consider purchasing a kit made by the same manufacturer of your TV.
Once you have your kit, you’ll need the following tools to install it:
- Power drill
- Cable-wire tester
- Stud finder
- Tape measure
- Socket wrench
To save time and avoid costly or dangerous mistakes, complete these tasks before you begin installation work:
- Gather up all the necessary hardware.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Decide whether or not you will cover your wires and cables.
- Have a least one person present to help you.
- Be sure you won’t be drilling into any electrical wires or fuse boxes by using a cable-wire tester.
Steps to Mounting Your TV
Secure the mounting bracket
- Remove any existing stand from your TV.
- Find the mounting holes on your television, remove plastic caps.
- Secure mounting arms to mounting holes.
- Use all the recommended hardware.
- Set your TV aside
Find the best location to mount your TV
- Consider glare, visibility, and seating.
- Mount your TV at a height amenable to the eye-level of viewers.
- Select a location near to an electrical outlet.
Attach the mounting bracket to the wall.
Note: If you are connecting your television to a fixed mounting with no arms, consider connecting cables (step 4) before beginning this step.
- Using your stud finder, locate the two studs you will be drilling into in order to mount your TV.
- Carefully mark the center of each stud. Use a nail to probe and ensure the stud is where you think it is.
- Measure the space between the top and bottom holes for both mounting arms. Make corresponding marks over the studs using a level to be certain the holes are at equal height.
- Use your power drill to make pilot holes. These should be 75% smaller than the mounting screws.
- Using the recommended hardware, attach the wall bracket to the wall. Drive in lag bolts with a socket wrench if they come with your mount kit.
Connect all cables
- Ensure the TV and all attached devices are NOT connected to a power source.
- Ask your helper to hold the TV to the wall mount.
- Connect the audio/video cables to your TV in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.
Mount Your Television
Note: Do not attempt this step without help.
- Lock the mounting arms onto the wall bracket. Test them for weight bearing by tugging down firmly but carefully.
- Be sure each point is locked snugly down, testing again by carefully applying downward pressure.
- Test your electrical connections. Perform any necessary adjustments.