This is the first post in our new “HOW-TO” series, which focuses on small AV projects you can do on your own.
Project: Wall mounting a television
Time: 1-3 hours
So you got a brand new TV. Awesome! But before you can sit back and enjoy your favorite movie, you have some setup to do. Might we suggest chucking that old entertainment center?
Mounting a television is a great way to open up your room and give it that modern, spacious look. No clunky, dust-collecting entertainment center, no stained coffee table you still have from your first apartment—just a beautiful tv at the center of your wall.
While hiring a professional installer to hang your TV is always the best course of action, if you have the proper tools and the patience, you can do it yourself. Below we provide you a step-by-step guide to mounting your TV as well as a shopping list.
If you’re more of a visual learner, we added a great video from This Old House at the bottom that will walk you through the process of mounting your TV.
You will need:
- Power drill and bits
- Stud finder
- Tape measure
- Socket wrench
- Cable-wire tester
- TV wall mount kit
Steps:1. Determine your location
- Find a spot that has ideally no glare (a little is ok if unavoidable) and good visibility from all seating areas in your room
- Make sure that the spot you choose corresponds to the viewer’s eye-level. Many people make the mistake of mounting their TV up high, or, even worse—over fireplaces. This puts strain on the neck and shoulders that you will pay dearly for later.
- Choose a location close to an outlet—measure the power cord to make sure it will reach.
- To learn more about optimal viewing location, check out our blog post on optimizing your home theater.
- Find the mounting holes on the back of your TV.
- Using the bolts, attach the mounting arms to the holes. DO NOT use a power drill here, and make sure the brackets are level with each other.
- Set the TV down with the screen facing up. You will come back to it later.
- Using the stud finder, locate two studs in your wall.
- Use a pencil to mark the location of the studs. Now use a nail to make sure that the stud is there.
- Measure the distance between the top and bottom holes on each TV arm. Mark two points in the center of each wall stud that correspond to the holes.
- Use your level to make sure the mounting holes for each arm are even.
- Drill holes for the wall bracket screws using your power drill.
- Attach the wall bracket plate to the wall with the screws or bolts provided by your wall mount kit.
- Get a friend to help you hold the TV up to the wall mount.
- Attach the cables to the TV.
- If you’re attaching your TV to a fixed mount, it might be easier to connect the cables before setting it to the wall bracket.
- Attach the mounting arms to the wall bracket plate. Secure your connections.
- Make sure your connections are secure by giving them a few gentle pulls.
- Test your connections and functions to be sure they all work.
For you visual folks, here is that video from This Old House.
Feeling stuck? Are there nasty cords sticking out? Connect with us at Buttonwood and we’ll be happy to hang your TV and hide those unsightly cables to give your living room a sleek, modern look.