How to Wall-Mount a Flat-Screen TV

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Clear clutter and free up floor and table space by mounting your flat-screen TV to the wall

Wall-mounting a TV can instantly declutter a room and increase the screen’s visibility. A typical wall mount kit comes with two mounting arms that attach to the back of your flat-screen TV and a wide bracket plate, which attaches to your wall. The mounting arms lock onto the bracket plate, securing the TV to the wall.

Tip: For the simplest installation and the tightest fit, purchase a wall mount kit made by the manufacturer of your television. You might also want to conceal the TV’s power cord, as well as the cables running between the TV and your home theater components.


• Use a cable-wire tester/locator before drilling to avoid damage to house wiring.
• Ensure your A/V cables meet all applicable building and fire codes. For in-wall installation, most require UL-rated wire labeled CL2 or CL3.
• Do not wall mount your TV if your house has metal studs. Most will not support the weight of a television.


Attach mounting bracket to the TV
mounting bracket TV - Wall-Mount Flat-Screen TV

• If there’s a stand on the TV’s frame, unbolt and remove it.
• Locate the mounting holes on the back of your TV. If necessary, pry off the plastic caps over the holes with a screwdriver.
• Attach the mounting arms to the mounting holes on your TV, using the bolts
provided with your mounting kit. Be careful not to over-tighten, and do not use a power drill. Make sure the two mounting brackets are level with each other.
• Set the TV aside. Be sure to rest the TV so the screen is facing upward. Setting the TV with the screen facing down can cause permanent damage.

Find a location
Find location - Wall-Mount Flat-Screen TV

• Determine the best wall location for mounting the television.
• Look for a location with no glare, and good visibility from all sitting areas in the room.
• For maximum viewing comfort, plan to mount your TV at a height on the wall that corresponds to the viewer’s eye level when seated — typically, with the center of the screen 40-45 inches off the floor.
• Choose a location close to an electrical outlet. Measure the length of the TV’s power cord to be sure it will reach.

Attach the wall mount bracket to the wall
wall mount bracket wall - Mount Flat-Screen TV

Tip: Do not use hollow-wall anchors as they cannot support TV wall mounts.

• Use a stud finder to locate the two studs in your wall that will support your TV.
• Mark the location of each stud’s center with a pencil. Use a nail to confirm a stud has been located.
• Measure the distance between the top and bottom holes on each TV mounting arm. Mark two points in the center of each wall stud, corresponding to these holes.
• Use a level to ensure the mounting holes for each arm are even.
• Use a power drill to drill pilot holes for the wall bracket screws or bolts.
• Attach the wall bracket plate to the wall using the screws or bolts provided with the wall mount kit. If the kit uses lag bolts, drive them in with a socket wrench.

Connect the cables
Connect cables - Wall-Mount Flat-Screen TV

Tip: If you’re attaching your TV flat to the wall to a fixed wall mount, you may find it easier to connect the cables to the television before attaching it to the wall bracket.

• Be sure the TV and any attached devices are unplugged.
• Have someone help you hold the television up to the wall mount. Attach the
audio and video cables to the television per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Hang the TV
Hang TV - Wall-Mount Flat-Screen TV

Safety: Do not attempt this alone. Have one person interlock the brackets while one or two others lift the TV.

• Lock the TV mounting arms onto the wall bracket plate. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to secure the connections.
• Confirm that every point of connection is locked down securely. Test your
installation with a few light tugs.
• Test and troubleshoot connections and TV functions to be sure they all work.
• Make adjustments as necessary. Be sure to get help if you need to remove the
TV from the wall.