Project Guide

How to Mount a Flat Screen TV

1
SELECT A TV MOUNT
A TV mount sitting on the ground.

Standard TV mounts keep the television in a stationary position, flush against the wall. An adjustable swivel TV mount allows you to manually angle the TV once it’s mounted.

2
CHOOSE A LOCATION AND VIEWING HEIGHT
Two people marking a spot on the wall to mount a TV.
  • Cut out a sheet of paper or cardboard the approximate size of your TV and hang it on the wall in your desired location. 
  • Affix to the wall with painter’s tape. 
  • Test out that location from different locations around the room – make sure it’s centered and isn’t positioned so high that it strains your neck when you look at it.
3
LOCATE STUDS
Person holding a stud finder against a wall.

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


  • Once you’ve picked an ideal location for the television, run the stud finder along the top of the paper. 
  • 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. 
4
MARK PILOT HOLES
Two people using a level to mark pilot holes on a wall.
  • Mark lightly in pencil where the corners of the TV will be and remove the paper. 
  • 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.
5
POSITION WALL MOUNT
A level being used to mark placement for wall mount.
  • Hold the flat screen wall mount or TV mount brackets up against the wall and use a level to make sure it’s even. 
  • Use a friend to help you hold the wall mount.


Tip: Remember the old adage, “mark twice, cut once.” That same rule applies to drilling in walls – check that the mounting holes are level twice before drilling.

6
DRILL PILOT HOLES
A person wearing safety goggles and drilling a hole in the wall with a power drill.

Drill pilot holes into studs along where you’ve made the marks.

7
ATTACH MOUNT TO WALL
A person wearing safety goggles and drilling screws into the wall mount fixture.
  • This is the easiest part – simply have a friend hold the mount against the wall where you’ve drilled the pilot holes and drill screws to attach. 
  • Check again that it’s level once mounted. 


Tip: Drill in each screw halfway and check that they’re level before tightening all of them.

8
ATTACH MOUNTING PLATE
Two people attaching mounting plate to back of a TV.

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to attach the mounting plate to the back of the TV.

9
MOUNT TV TO WALL
Two people mounting a TV to a wall.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mount the TV to the wall.
  • Double-check that the connection between the wall plate and TV plate is secure.
10
COVER CORDS (OPTIONAL)
Use A Cord Cover To Hide Cables

After mounting a television, use a cord cover to hide the cables dangling from the bottom of the TV.