There was a time when a 50-inch TV was more than enough to give us a great viewing experience. But as technology improves and prices get cheaper, most households are opting for 60 and 70-inch TVs. And they’re only getting bigger!
While they look fantastic at this size, you’re not going to find many TV stands, or even living rooms to accommodate them. Aside from saving space, a wall-mounted TV fits seamlessly into your living room and looks great. This is why more people are mounting their TVs on the wall instead.
So, if you’re thinking about doing the same but feel a little daunted by the task, fear not. It’s easier than you think! And this guide will show you every step of how to wall mount your TV safely and securely.
What Type of Wall Mount Should I Get?
First, you need to decide exactly where your TV is going to be mounted and whether you need to adjust it at all. There are three main types of bracket you can get: fixed, tilt, and full motion.
Fixed mounts secure your TV in one immovable spot. They’re good for getting the TV as flush with the wall as possible, but as you can’t move it after this, you’ve got to make sure your viewing position is perfect.
Tilt mounts give you a little movement, allowing you to angle it up and down slightly. This is mostly beneficial if the TV is high up on the wall so it can be angled down to the viewing area.
Full motion brackets have a movable arm which extends outwards and can be adjusted to various positions. This is ideal for spaces that don’t allow a flush position such as a corner, or for when you change viewing positions of the room.
Will the Bracket Fit My TV?
As there are so many different sized TVs, you want to be sure you pick a bracket that fits and supports the weight of your TV. Most TVs will indicate this in the manual they come with, but if you’re not sure, that’s what this guide is for!
If you want to double-check though, you can determine the right measurements down to the millimeter at the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA). Older TVs are generally heavier than newer ones, and while most brackets are built pretty strong these days, always check first.
What Tools Will I Need?
Of course, you could just pay someone to do the job for you. But when you’ve just forked out on a pricey bit of tech, you don’t want to spend more on top. Besides, wall mounting is much easier than you think, but it really helps to have another person to assist too. Here’s what else you need:
Tape measure – always, always measure everything before you start making holes. You’ll want to mark out where the TV will go and make sure the holes line up for the bracket perfectly.
Stud finder – essential when drilling holes into any wall and this one is great for the job. You don’t want to hit any pipes or wires, and if your wall is hollow, you need to make sure you drill into the wooden studs. The mount screws will have to go quite deep to provide enough support to your TV.
Spirit level – no successful DIY job can be done without one, and you don’t want a wonky TV either. A good quality spirit level will ensure your TV is perfectly aligned and straight.
Drill – an obvious tool for the job, but the drill bit must be for masonry to get right through the wall. Have a few sizes to hand and if you’re not sure which, start with a smaller one that creates a snug hold for the wall plugs.
Screwdriver – to screw the bracket onto the TV.
Spanner – if you need to tighten bolts on your bracket.
Pencil – to mark and measure.
Recommended Wall Mount Brackets
There’s a wide range of brackets available these days, but good build quality is essential. After all, it’s got to hold your TV securely for a long time, but you don’t need to spend too much on getting the best. Here’s a few highly recommended brackets to choose from.
Universal Tilt | Fits 16″, 18″, 24″ Studs | Supports 132lbs | Max VESA 600x400mm
This is one of the highest-rated wall mounts with a low profile so it won’t take up too much space. It allows for free tilting up and down to reduce glare, has a solid build to support most large TVs, and it even comes with a 6ft HDMI cable, spirit level, and cable ties. A great package for a great price!
Ultra Slim | Max VESA 200x200mm | Supports up to 66 lbs
For smaller TVs where you want it neatly flush with the wall, this mount does the job well. It has a very low profile, stable and secure, and is very easy to install. Of course, once installed that’s it, but it’s a great space saver and very affordable.
Dual Articulating Arms | Fits 12”- 16” Wood Studs |VESA 600x400mm | Supports up to 100lbs
This is another heavy-duty bracket from Mounting Dream which is perfect for most large TVs. However, this one is full motion with both swivel and tilt, allowing for complete viewing customization after it’s been mounted.
It may be a little bulkier due to the dual-arm mechanism, but it does offer more freedom and very strong support. It can go flush to the wall at 2.5 inches, or you can pull it out to as far as 16.6 inches!
How to Mount Your TV – The Steps
1. Check the wall can support your TV
Get your stud finder out and make sure there are no wires or pipes hiding. Then, if the wall is solid brick you’re good to go. If the wall is hollow, it’ll have vertical wooden support beams (studs) spaced along the wall. This is where you’ll be drilling into and the stud finder will locate them easily.
2. Measure Up
This is where it helps to have some extra hands. It helps to hold you TV in the position it is to be mounted to make sure it’s at the right viewing height. You can mark the points with your pencil to give you a rough idea. Next, put the bracket against the wall and try to get it as central as possible using your tape measure and pencil. Place the spirit level on top to make sure it’s straight and then mark where your drill holes are going.
3. Start Drilling
Start with some pilot holes using a smaller drill bit. Then change it for the larger recommended size to hold the wall plugs. Drill several inches through the wall, just over the length of the bolt. Gently hammer in the wall plugs and then screw the mounting bracket to the wall. Use the spirit level to check it’s level again.
4. Attach the Mounting Plate
You’ve got the main part on the wall now so it’s time to get your screwdriver and attach the mounting plate to your TV. You can find any guidance on this in your TV’s manual as they all vary, and some screw holes may be covered.
5. Mount the TV
With the bracket parts in place, all that’s left is to get the TV up there. While the mechanisms can vary, it should simply be a case of hooking the TV’s mounting plate onto the wall bracket and tightening the fastening screws to secure it. Step back and make sure it looks good and adjust where necessary.
What About the Cables?
So the TV is looking pretty slick, but now all of the cables are hanging down looking messy. If they don’t bother you then leave them. But it’ll look so much better if you can hide them away. Here’s a couple of options you can try.
Trunking is where you use lengths of plastic covering to hide unsightly wires behind. They’re like wall-mounted cable tidies that make things look neat and tidy on your wall.
All you have to do is cut them to the desired length and either screw or stick them over the wires. Here’s a complete trunking kit that’ll keep those wires covered.
Thread Through the Wall
The other, slightly more difficult option is to thread the wires through the back of the wall. It’s more work but it looks so much better overall. You will need to have a hollow wall for this though.
Simply drill the holes behind the TV to feed the cables through, and another hole or holes at the bottom near the wall socket. It can be a little fiddly, but a neat trick is to tie a piece of string and a screw on the end and then use a magnet to pull it through the bottom hole. Here’s a video to help with this.
That’s How You Wall Mount Your TV
Hopefully, this guide has shown you just how easy, and cost-effective it can be to wall mount your TV yourself. The brackets listed above come in various sizes, but be sure to check they fully support your TV.
Wall mounted TVs are the best way to view as they save space and blend into your living room in a neat and tidy manner.
For more great TV tips, be sure to check out the other articles we have on offer, whether it’s to upgrade your sound or TV, we’ve got you covered on the best out there. Happy viewing!