Setting up TV wall mounts can be tricky, but with some thought and effort, you can easily do it yourself.
First things to think about when mounting a TV:
Mounting your TV will take some planning. Consider these questions before you get started.
- Can your TV be mounted? What type of mount will you need?
- How big is your TV? How much does it weigh? A plasma television weighs more than an LCD TV.
- Where are your wall studs?
- Do you need to hide all the wires in the wall?
- How big is your room? Where is the seating in relation to the TV?
Types of mounts:
It’s important to choose the right type of TV mount for your room and television. Different mounts offer specific advantages, so check out the options and see what you need.
A swivel mount is great if you’ll need to move your television often. Swivel mounts give you a ton of flexibility to move your TV side-to-side, up and down, and to tilt it. Get the perfect viewing angle every time, wherever you’re sitting in the room.
Need to mount your TV high off the ground? A tilt mount makes it easy to get a great view when your TV is near ceiling height. Simply tilt the TV downwards to cut glare from the lights in your room.
If you have one designated spot to sit while watching TV, look into a flat wall mount. A flat mount is best when you’re mounting the TV at eye level and won’t need to move it around to get a better angle.
Get a low profile look for your living room televison – your flat mount will keep the TV close to the wall and out of the way.
How to mount your TV:
Once you’ve picked out your mount, you’re ready to get started.
Decide where you want to put your TV, then find the studs in the wall. You’ll want to use one to two studs, depending on how heavy your TV is.
Most mounts include two pieces – one for the TV and one for the wall. Attach both sections of the mount.
For the final step of attaching the TV to the wall, you might want to get some help from a friend. The weight of a TV can make it difficult and awkward to attempt to mount it yourself. Have a friend assist you with the final setup, and avoid any potential disasters.
If you’re not feeling particularly savvy, you can always get help from a professional for this project. Count on having your TV mounted properly by someone who knows what they’re doing. But be advised that most television-mounting services will only mount your TV to the wall. You’ll have to take care of the rest of the installation on your own, or pay extra for a custom installation.