How to mount a TV on the wall?

How to mount a TV on the wall?

Johann a TV mounting Technician and Editor
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Last Updated on June 8, 2022 by Johann Holsinger

Why walls are my most favorite spot to mount TVs?

One of the main reasons most people choose to mount their TV on the wall is to save space. By wall mounting a TV, you eliminate the need for a large entertainment center or an intrusive stand to place the bracket on.

I got a chance to interact with some big names looking for someone to do their theater design, they now have some truly impressive private home entertainment systems. Without a budget, I learned that even simple things can make the biggest difference in theater improvement.

After correctly mounting a TV securely at the right height with tilting and extension options, you can also run cables through your walls to hide the mess and eliminate having cables showing around or in front of your TV. Setting up a great-sounding wall and ceiling-mounted audio system is the tricky part.

After reading our guide look further into all the options we share on the ways to mount a TV in our menu bar.

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What to consider before mounting a TV on the wall

Before mounting your TV on the wall, there are a variety of specific things you need to consider to ensure your TV is properly supported and your walls are strong enough.

The last thing you want is for your TV to fall from the wall or mounting bracket and break, or cause damage to other media equipment below. 

1. Mounting type

There is a wide variety of mounting bracket options for your TV to consider, including articulating arm, extending arm, fixed placement, and tilting mounts.

The hardware you choose will depend on the size of your TV, the location you prefer to install and position your visual centerpiece, and whether or not you will be doing external cable management or running the cables through the wall or ceiling.

Mounted an extendable TV mount on the wall

2. Mounting location

The mounting location you choose for your TV will depend on the mounting type you choose.

For fixed and tilting mounts, you will most commonly see the TV in the center of the wall from the corners.

For articulating and extending mounts, you can place the TV in a variety of areas including near corners and above fireplaces if you use a dropdown mount.

Using Loctec ceiling TV mount inside a bedroom

3. Mounting height

When choosing the right height for your TV, the TV and connecting speakers should be around the same height as your eyes [1] and ears. But the screen should be higher depending on how far the viewing distance is from the screen.

You also need to factor in peripheral vision to find the optimal viewing distance. More on this below in our other guides.

If mounting above a fireplace, use an articulating arm in tandem with a drop-down mechanism to find the right height.

4. Wall type and structure

Before installing a TV of any size on your wall, you have to be sure your wall type and structure will be able to support the added weight.

For drywall and plaster, always be sure your mounting brackets are installed into the studs.

For bricks, make sure to use the right mounting anchors to ensure safe and strong installation.

5. Wall fixings

Depending on the style of TV mount you choose, any type will most likely include ample options for wall fixing.

These may include screws, anchors, supports, and more.

Always be sure to use these fixings as the manual recommends.

Improper use of any wall fixings, especially anchors, can lead to poor installation and instability issues over time.

I write about all my favorite and the most popular types of TV mounts in the link above most types are wall-mounted but some options include ceiling, rolling, floor and cabinet mounted stands as well.

Screwing Tv and mount together

6. Stud spacings

Most wall stud spacings are 16 inches apart, though some can be 24 inches.

Use a stud finder to be sure you know exactly where the studs in your wall are standing.

Installing your TV mount directly into a stud is extremely important as this will guarantee a secure and stable hold for small to large TVs.

7. Cable management

Plan where do the cords go on a wall mount TV. Cable management of wall-mounted TVs can be done by raceway tracks on the front of the wall or snaking the cables through the wall itself.

Obviously using raceways will be easier, but can be unsightly depending on the location of your TV.

Snaking the cables through the wall is more difficult, but will ensure no cables are visible.

Tools and materials you need for mounting TV

  • Stud Finder
  • Power Drill and Bits
  • Bubble Level or Torpedo Level
  • Screwdrivers; Both Phillips and Standard
  • Mounting Kit and the Tools to Install The Fixings

Tools for DIY TV mount

Extendable TV mounts vs Fixed TV mounts

Whether you choose an extendable mount or a fixed TV mount this will come down to a mix of personal preferences as well as where you want to place your TV.

For example, if you want to place your screen above a fireplace or near a corner, an extendable mount might be best.

For flat wall placement, fixed mounts are often used but have less usability.

An extendable TV mount

How it looks like from the back of an extendable TV mount

A fixed TV mount

A fixed TV wall mount installed in a white wall

How to mount a TV on the wall?

1. Decide where you want to put the TV.

You have a variety of options for TV placement.

You can choose to place your LCD above the fireplace with a mantle mount or an articulating arm or place your TV in a corner.

Find out how to mount with a corner mount here.

You might even just want a fixed placement on the center of your living room wall like most people.

Mounting a TV through mounting wall board

2. Ensure wall studs are nearby.

Studs are going to be your main anchor point to ensure the mounting hardware can securely hold the weight of the TV.

Never attempt to install a TV on the wall without anchoring the hardware into at least one wall stud.

Knocking top locate stud

3. Install anchors for mounting hardware.

Your chosen mounting hardware will come with its own selection of mounting hardware.

This may include a variety of anchors, safety latches, screws, and bolts.

Always be sure to follow the manual and use the right hardware for the job.

4. Locate the TV’s mounting plate.

Your TV will have a designated mounting plate on the back.

This may be hidden by a plastic cover which you can easily remove to expose 4 or more places for screws to be installed.

Install the mounting piece from your wall mount kit to the mounting plate on your TV.

5. Install the TV to the wall mount.

Always be sure to try and get assistance from a friend or family member when lifting large TVs onto wall mounts.

Having an extra pair of hands to secure the TV while you screw and drill the mounting plate will be a huge help.

6. Manage your cables.

Once the TV is secured on the wall mount, decide how you want to manage your cables.

You can run cables through raceways or use cable ties to keep them all organized better.

What if you want to mount your TV in the corner?

There are a few reasons you may want to mount your TV in the corner (With specialty hardware), like what we have found. This way may seem daunting at first, without knowing what’s what.

There are various mounts specifically made for corner placement that works with TVs of all various sizes. 

You can find both fixed mounts, and mounts with extendable arms or tilt options for corner mounted TVs.

The biggest issue with corner mounting a TV is ensuring your TV is not too large for a safe corner mount.

However, a corner mount normally makes use of two wall studs which adds extra security to heavier TVs.

Corner TV mounting on a grey wall

Height tips

Installing a tv mount on the wall at the right height will make viewing much more enjoyable. Follow the link to find out what we found from our studys on the correct TV height for comfort and to avoid both neck and eye strain.

There are online calculators that can help you determine the proper height to mount a TV on the wall, but in general, for a 42” TV you would want to have the center of the screen mounted 56” above the floor.

A larger 70” TV should have the center a distance of 67” from the floor.

But all this is generally and actually depends on your sitting height, you need to calculate a height based on our recommended angle from your sitting position.

Watching TV is best done when looking up at the screen, rather than horizontally or downwards.

Hole marking tips

When marking a hole on a drywall or plaster wall, use a charcoal or graphite pencil on painter’s tape this can help make the mark much easier to see and easy to remove.

Charcoal and graphite both have a distinct shine, and can be seen on various colors of tape.

When making holes on stone or brickwork, using a chalk stick of chalk dust is much more effective than charcoal or graphite.

You’ll be able to see the marks regardless of the color of stone or brick.

Using a basic stud finder to install Tv in the corner

Hole drilling tips

When drilling into a drywall or plaster wall, always be sure you are wearing the proper dust mask [2].

Drilling pilot holes will create a lot of dust which you do not want to be inhaling.

When drilling into brick or stonework, always be sure you are using the correct drill bit for the job. As not all bits are made for stone.

Also, be sure to wear protective eyewear as chips of stone may get into your eyes and cause an injury.

Drilling pilot hole

Cable management tips

When interior decor comes to cable management, you have a few choices.

You can opt to leave the cables visible and secure in a loop behind the mounted TV, or you can use cable runways to hide them behind a vinyl guard strip, or skirting that blends into your wall color and room decor.

Additionally, for some wall-mounted TVs, you may want to consider running the cables and surround sound speaker connections behind the wall. This makes your cables entirely invisible, but it can be more difficult to install and implement this idea.

Safety tips

Before drilling into any drywall, always use a stud finder to ensure you are drilling into the most secure part of the wall.

If your drill seems to have trouble passing through the wall, do not force it!

You may be drilling into a wall plate that is placed on the stud to protect cables or pipes that may be running through that location in the stud.

If you want to fix a TV to a wall where there is no direct stud fixing you have to use special screws that clamp to the back of the plasterboard, there are also other methods we have here.

Safe mounting on a wall

To wrap it up

Mounting your TV to the wall is not only a stylish way to enjoy your favorite shows and movies, but also a great way of organization that can result in some huge space savings inside your home.

By freeing up the need for a large entertainment center or floor mount, you can instead have gaming consoles or speaker systems in that spot. 

As long as the installation process is done correctly, mounting your TV on the wall is extremely safe and will make a strong and secure connection to stop your TV from falling in the event of an earthquake or getting accidentally knocked by children or pets.

Always be sure to follow the specific instructions included with the mounting hardware you choose. And make sure to keep up to date with all our latest guides and tips on setting up your ultimate home theater system and organizing your home!

More information:

  1. How high should your TV be mounted? a blog from https://www.hellotech.com/blog/how-high-should-a-tv-be-mounted
  2. How to safely drill in old plaster walls? an article published in https://homeguides.sfgate.com/safely-drill-old-plaster-walls-27349.html

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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.