A DIY TV wall mount is a simple way to set up your entertainment center
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.
Tools & Materials
How to Mount A TV
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.
• 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 mounts.
• 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 wall mount 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.
Drill pilot holes into studs along where you’ve made the marks.
• 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.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to attach the mounting plate to the back of the TV.
• 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.
Use a cord cover to hide the cables dangling from the bottom of the TV.Use a cord cover to hide the cables dangling from the bottom of the TV.
Now that you know how to mount a TV, let’s tackle some other projects:
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