How to Mount a Flat Screen TV
Time Required: Under 2 hours
Save floor space and create an elegant look in your home when you install a TV wall mount. This will elevate your TV so there’s not a bad seat in the house.
How 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.