Hanging your TV on the wall can elevate your viewing experience, as it allows for a better viewing angle and can save space in your living room. With the TV mounted, you can make the most of the large flat screen, and it can provide a modern, sleek look to your home entertainment setup.
Things to consider before hanging a TV
Before you start hanging your TV, there are a few things to consider. Make sure that you choose the right wall for the TV and that there is a power outlet nearby. You also need to decide on the height and placement of the TV before proceeding. It’s recommended that you do not hang the TV too high or too low, as this can cause neck strain. Choose a viewing angle that works for you and your family.
Choosing the Right Wall Mount
A. Types of wall mounts
There are three main types of wall mounts: fixed, tilting, and full-motion. A fixed mount is the most basic, as it doesn’t allow for the TV to be moved or adjusted once it’s hung on the wall. A tilting mount will allow for up-and-down adjustment to improve the viewing angle. A full-motion or articulating mount will give you the most flexibility, allowing the TV to move up and down, side to side, and even tilt for optimal viewing angle.
B. Considerations when choosing a wall mount
When choosing a wall mount, consider the size and weight of your TV. Make sure that the wall mount is rated to hold the weight of your TV. Check that the mounting holes on the back of your TV are compatible with the wall mount. Also, consider the viewing angle you want and if you want the TV to swivel or tilt.
C. How to measure for the wall mount
Before you buy a wall mount, measure the distance between the top and bottom of your TV to determine the size and type of wall mount you need. You also need to find the studs in the wall and measure the spacing between them so that you can attach the wall mount securely.
Preparing the Wall
A. Stud finder
Use a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall. Make sure that the studs are spaced at least 16 inches apart as this is the industry standard. This will give you a secure installation and prevent the TV from falling from the wall mount.
B. Power source
Make sure that there is a power source near the TV. This can be either an outlet behind the TV or a power cord hidden behind furniture. You may need an electrician to install an outlet if one is not available.
Consider how you will manage your cables. This can include hiding them in the wall, using a cable cover, or managing them behind furniture. Hiding the cables can provide a clean and professional look, while managing cables behind furniture can also be an effective way to conceal them.
Attaching the Mounting Brackets
A. Tools needed
You will need the following tools to attach the mounting brackets: a screwdriver, a drill, a wrench, and a level.
B. Attaching the brackets to the TV
Follow the instructions provided with the wall mount to attach the brackets to the TV. This may involve attaching the brackets to the back of the TV or using an adapter plate if the mounting holes are not compatible.
C. Attaching the brackets to the wall mount
Use the drill to attach the mounting brackets to the wall mount. Use a wrench to tighten the screws securely. Make sure that the wall mount is level and that the brackets are securely attached.
Mounting the TV
A. Attaching the TV to the wall mount
Lift the TV carefully onto the wall mount, making sure that it locks into place. Double-check that the TV is level and that it is attached securely to the wall mount.
B. Leveling the TV
Use a level to make sure that the TV is straight. This is particularly important if you have a tilting or full-motion wall mount. Adjust the wall mount if necessary until the TV is level.
C. Securing the TV
Double-check that the TV is securely attached to the wall mount. Make sure that the mounting brackets are tightened securely, and that the TV is level.
A. Hiding cables in the wall
If you want a professional look, consider hiding the cables inside the wall. This will require cutting holes in the drywall behind the TV and running the cables through the wall. Use a fish tape to guide the cables through the wall and use a cable plate to cover the holes.
B. Using a cable cover
Another option is to use a cable cover to conceal the cables. These are available in different sizes and colors and can be cut to fit the length of your cables. They are particularly useful when the TV is mounted high on the wall or when you have many cables to manage.
C. Managing cables behind furniture
If neither of these options work, try managing the cables behind furniture. Tuck them behind a bookshelf or sofa to keep them out of sight. Alternatively, use cable ties to bundle the cables together for a neater appearance.
A. Final tips for a seamless installation
Make sure that the wall mount is securely attached to the wall studs and that the TV is level. Use cable ties to manage cables and consider hiding them in the wall or using a cable cover. Finally, test the TV and make sure that it is working correctly before you sit back and enjoy your newly hung TV.
B. Enjoying your newly hung TV
Hanging your TV on the wall can provide a better viewing experience and save space in your living room. With a little preparation and the right tools, you can hang your TV with confidence and enjoy your favorite shows and movies in style.