Mounting speakers on the wall

How to mount speakers on the wall?

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Last Updated on June 7, 2022 by Johann Holsinger

Why should you hang TV speakers on the wall?

Whether you have a designated media room, do a lot of gaming and want the full audio effect, or simply want to save some space in your home, there are a variety of reasons and ways to mount speakers on your wall as I have.

Mounting on the wall vs using a stand 

Mounting speakers on the wall

There are a variety of reasons why mounting speakers on the wall could be a perfect choice for you.

If you happen to be short on floor space in your media area, wall-mounted speakers can eliminate the need for shelves or stands.

Your wires are also normally behind the wall or secured along the edges of the wall and ceiling, so are protected from wear and tear from being walked on, or if being moved around a lot.

A wall-mounted speaker also means better placement and better sound quality.

Speaker mounted on wall under a TV 1kpx

Advantages

  • Wires are protected from children and pets
  • Several speakers can be installed around the room

Disadvantages

  • Once installed, the placement is usually permanent or long-term

Using speaker stands

Speaker stands can be adjusted to various heights to give you the perfect audio reception no matter where you are sitting.

However, stands do require a decent amount of floor space near your media cabinet and seating to get the best results.

Surround sound placement can be fickle, but you can easily adjust this as needed physically or digitally to get the best sound.

Vivo STAND SP02B speaker mount beside television

Advantages

  • Easy to move as needed.

Disadvantages

  • Wires are exposed to children and pets
  • Installing several speakers may take up a lot of floor space

The sound quality of speakers mounted inside the walls vs on the walls

On the walls

When audio needs mounting options, you may be thinking about whether mounting your speakers on the wall is better than having some placed inside the walls.

Mounting speakers on the wall can send sound directly to your ears with no dissipation from the walls.

Inside the walls

On the other hand, mounting your speakers inside the walls can give you a stylish and discreet minimalistic look since the speakers are hidden from obstructive view.

In-wall installations are common with surround sound setups [1] because wall concealment adds an extra dimension of reverberation.

What to consider before mounting speakers on the wall

 

1. Speaker wall mounting type:

Will you be mounting the speakers directly to the wall, or using a mounting bracket? Each type has benefits and fallbacks.

By using a mounting bracket, you can ensure the speaker is pointed to your seating area for the best sound reception.

2. Room space:

If you are short on floor space, or simply want your speakers to be away from the reach of pets and children, wall mounting is an excellent option.

This not only helps with increased sound reverberation around the room but also gives you more floor space for other media items.

3. Speaker types and their location: 

There are a variety of placement locations, angles, and items that can be used to mount speakers on the wall.

You can use floor stands, wall mounts, in-wall installation, or in-ceiling installation.

Each position has pros and cons, so be sure to decide in advance which will work best for your media area, and size.

Home theater speakers at own room

4. Cable management:

For large amounts of speakers for surround sound setups, cable management can be a nightmare.

For this reason, decide in advance where to place your speakers and how much cable will need to be managed in the installation spot. 

Rolled home theater speaker wires

5. Speaker size and weight:

Always be sure to take notice of how large your speakers are. Heavier units may need special installation brackets or stands to ensure they are secure and will not fall.

Additionally, heavier speakers may also cause more vibrations which could loosen improperly installed screws. Don’t use nails.

6. Wall stud placement:

Don’t hesitate to use a stud finder to locate the vertical and horizontal studs in your wall framing.

These are secure places to anchor your wall-mounted speakers [2] to ensure hardware remains on the wall and doesn’t fall or sag over time.

What about mounting speakers inside a wall to finish flush?

Can car, boat or RV speakers be used in homes or outside?

While boat speakers can also be installed in an RV or car, usage should not be the other way around.

However, all marine, car, and RV speakers can be installed in a home or outdoors.

You will need to provide an enclosed installation though.

In wall finish speaker flush car speaker

Do you have the speaker type designed to do this?

Most speakers can be installed flush to your wall, though some are specifically made for the purpose and will likely provide a better overall sound.

Speakers specifically made to be installed in a vehicle are usually a good option for flush installation inside a wall.

Mounted in wall finish flush speaker

Do you have the tools to do it?

Installation in the wall will require a stud finder, drywall saw, pencil, and level to ensure proper placement, drill, and the proper speaker.

Additionally, you may need more tools to do the wiring inside the walls as well.

Do you want an extra sleek appearance?

Decide in advance if you want the front of the speakers to show normally, or if you want a cover to blend in for a sleek and discreet finish.

Speakers can be entirely hidden or visible.

Visible speakers can be framed or adjusted to blend in with your wall perfectly and can be considered a nice-looking feature. Don’t be ashamed of your speakers!

What are the speaker types to mount inside or on a wall?

1. The center speaker:

The purpose of a center speaker is to provide balanced sound in the entirety of your media room.

Spacing the center speakers properly is important. Too far apart and you’ll have overbearing sound in some parts of the room and have trouble hearing different left and right tones.

2. Front speakers:

Front speakers should be spread out to the left and right of your screen.

Make sure side speakers are an equal distance from your seating arrangement as this will give you a theater-level of audio enjoyment.

3. The surrounds or rear speakers:

Your rear speakers also called your surround speakers, do best when spaced about the same as your front speakers are.

4. The subwoofer:

Due to the strong vibrations a subwoofer creates, we generally recommended not to wall mount one.

Instead, use a floor mount to secure this large and heavy speaker unit for the best results. Either you have a single center subwoofer, or a left and right base speaker.

Subwoofer fixed in a wooden enclosure

Tools you need

  • Stud Finder
  • Tape Measure and Bubble Level
  • Utility Knife and Putty Knife
  • Power Drill and Driver
  • Sheetrock Or Drywall Saw
  • Wire Fish Tape
  • Wire Stripers

Mounting speakers using the speaker’s current stand

While not all speakers come with a mountable base, those that do will save you time and money in the future when mounting.

Otherwise, when the time comes you will need to find the right custom brackets to fit.

Here’s how to install speakers on a wall with the factory stand:

  • Find a stud in the wall to attach the bracket to, or decide on the best spot to place floor-mounted speakers.
  • Double-check the security of the speaker on the mount and adjust the angle to your liking.

How to mount speakers using a custom speaker wall mount?

There are a variety of ways you can mount your speakers on the wall using a custom speaker wall mount.

Always ensure you are purchasing the right size mounting kit for your speaker.

Large and heavy speakers should always be secured with heavy-duty mounting kits, regardless of whether they are custom or industrial standard.

Smaller-sized speakers and those that are lightweight can be more versatile when mounting comes to finding a custom speaker wall mount that suits your theater’s layout and aesthetics.

Don’t be afraid to take the time to search around until you find the perfect mounting kit for your audio equipment.

How to mount speakers on the wall with a keyhole bracket?

  1. Check to see if your speaker is made for installation on a keyhole bracket. Some are specifically made for this, and others can be easily modified for it.
  2. Obtain the properly sized keyhole bracket. These pieces of hardware are heavy-duty and strong when installed properly. Always be sure you are using the right-sized bracket for your speaker.
  3. Secure the bracket to a stud. Never try to install a bracket just into the drywall, even if on a double layer, as this will soon lead to your speaker falling from the wall and being damaged from the vibrations.
  4. Attach your speaker to the keyhole bracket by locating the peg on the speaker and the hole on the bracket. Slide the speaker into the hole until you feel everything is secure by gravity or with the addition of a clip.
  5. Enjoy your new media arrangement. You can also easily change the placement of speakers by simply sliding the mainframe off the keyhole brackets when needed.

Keyhole soundbar mount

How to mount speakers on the wall using shelf brackets?

  1. Find a bracket that works: Not all shelf brackets can work for mounting speakers, but many are able to line up securely with the securing holes on the speaker itself.
  2. Attach your speaker: You may choose to attach the speaker to the bracket before or after the bracket is attached to the wall. This is your personal preference depending on the hardware but in most cases, we recommend doing each attachment separately.
  3. Find the wall stud: Always be sure to install your shelf bracket and mounted speaker into a stud. This helps ensure the security of the audio equipment on the wall.
  4. Secure the bracket to the wall: Once the stud has been located, use the proper-sized screws to secure the bracket and mounted speaker to the stud.
  5. Enjoy your wall-mounted speakers: Adjust the angle of your speaker on the bracket for the best audio results. Ensure the speaker is pointing towards your seating area for the best results.

Hanging speakers in a shelf

Methods to mount speakers on the wall without drilling holes

For smaller or lightweight speakers, there are some adhesives that may work to secure your speakers without damaging the wall they are attached to.

Meanwhile, other alternatives can include utility mounting hooks, picture hooks, and glass-mounted suction hooks. 

Regardless of any non-drilled method you go with for mounting speakers on the wall, always ensure your speakers are small and lightweight when doing it this way.

These options will rarely work for larger speakers, and will definitely not work for heavy speakers.

The last thing you want is your speaker falling from the wall and getting damaged, or damaging other media equipment.

Oaprire adhesive speaker mounting shelf at

How to find the correct location for mounting surround speakers for the best sound?

Normally a surround sound system is a 5.1 audio system, in this case, you would want to place your surround sound speakers in the front of your seating area.

The speakers should be on either side of the screen you’ll be watching and will be pointed directly towards you in the primary seating position if possible.

Having the speakers at ear height will give you the best sound return.

If you’re instead using a 7.1 audio system, the best place for surround sound speakers is behind and beside your seating area.

Always make sure the speakers are pointed as directly towards you as possible.

Try to keep the speakers at ear height, or angled down towards your seating area.

In both cases, the rear speakers are going to be placed behind your seating area but still pointing directly towards you.

These speakers can be a bit higher than the ear level for the best immersive audio results.

If you’re looking for more ambient immersion, ceiling-mounted speakers are a great option.

Speakers should be in front and behind your seating area, though do not need to be angled exactly towards you, but in the seating direction.

Sound-performing units can remain flush with the ceiling and still provide perfect audio quality.

Don’t be afraid to adjust your speaker placement to find what works best for your personal preference and room acoustics.

Tips for wall mounting speakers

  • Always locate the stud accurately in the wall when installing speakers of any size. Plaster or drywall is rarely strong enough on its own to hold any speakers. Here are some guides on drywall’s capacity to hold.
  • The best height for speakers is at ear level or pointing downwards directly towards your seating area. Many wall brackets can be angled to make placement easier.
  • Don’t underestimate the weight and size of your speaker. Mounting brackets are specifically made for different sizes of media equipment so be sure to purchase the right one.
  • The color black will hide the speaker mounting hardware and will also blend to match a full-motion TV wall mount.

Mounting a speaker on a corner

Cable management tips

  1. Bundle your wires together with cable ties or Velcro straps. This works great for securing two or three cables together, though can also be used for multiple cables.
  2. Use raceway concealers for large amounts of cables. Perfect for keeping 6 or more cables organized and secured against a wall horizontally or vertically.
  3. Consider securing wire bundles to a wall or the backside of an entertainment unit. You can use adhesive pads or hooks to secure coils and bundles of wires to furniture.
  4. Run wires along baseboards when possible. Prevent the cables from being stepped on as this can cause damage to the cables over time.

How far should speakers be from the wall for optimal sound quality?

This will specifically depend on the type of speakers you have.

Some speakers have rear-facing bass ports which will need to be placed up to 24 inches away from a wall for the best audio sound. 

However, there are a variety of speaker brands and models which are specifically made for wall mounting or in-wall installation.

Their bass output is in the front or side and does not require this distance from a wall.

Spacing for wall mounted speaker

Best way to mount large speakers

Both large and heavy speakers can be wall-mounted but may require some advanced preparation.

For example, large-sized speakers may need extended mounting arms to move the speaker away from the wall and to be secured enough in place. 

Heavy speakers, on the other hand, may require additional bracing within the wall. Normally done by securing the mounting bracket to a stud.

You can also purchase an anchoring system for heavy speakers which can make use of two different studs within your wall to add additional stabilization.

Huge speaker hang on a wall

A few words before you go

Regardless of how you choose to set up speakers on the wall, your home media system will benefit from properly positioned speakers and subwoofers.

Take important note that you can entertain your family and friends with the perfect surround sound of music during gatherings and social events. 

Installing your speakers on or inside the wall is a practical and simple task that only takes a small amount of preparation on your part. Be sure to take some time to weigh the pros and cons of your particular speakers and media setup. Some speakers perform better than others.

More information:

  1. The truth about in-wall speakers, an article from https://www.audioholics.com/loudspeaker-design/truth-about-in-wall-speakers
  2. How to install in-wall speakers? a guide published in https://www.soundandvision.com/content/how-install-wall-speakers

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Hi, my name is Johann Holsinger, here at mountyourbox.com I share all of the tips and tricks I have professionally learned to help you set up your ultimate home entertainment system.