How to Mount a Flat Screen TV

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. 

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Tools & Materials

How to Mount A TV

1
SELECT A TV MOUNT
Select A TV Mount

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
Choose location and Viewing Height

• 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
Locate Studs - Use Stud Finder

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.

4
MARK PILOT HOLES
Mark Pilot Holes

• 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
POSITION WALL MOUNT

• 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.

6
Drill pilot holes
Drill Holes

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

7
Attach mount to wall
ATTACH MOUNT TO WALL

• 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
ATTACH MOUNTING PLATE

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

9
Mount TV to wall
Mount TV To 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

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.

Next Steps


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