Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

Adding a tv mount is one of the most affordable ways to improve the home entertainment experience. It also creates a cleaner look and may prevent children and pets from climbing on the TV stand, which could damage or break it. However, the process of mounting a flat screen TV on the wall can seem intimidating. A few basic skills, and the right tools, are all that’s needed to make this simple upgrade a breeze.

First, decide where you want to mount the TV. Ideally, the mounting location should be a place that’s easy to get to and can easily be viewed from multiple angles. Using a stud finder, locate the studs on the wall at the spot where you plan to mount your flat screen TV. Depending on the weight and size of your TV, you may need to find two studs. The studs should be spaced at least 16 inches apart.

Some mounts include screws that match the studs, and are designed to attach directly to them. Others have brackets that slip into the stud holes and then screw to them for added stability. If you’re mounting your TV on drywall, it’s important to use a heavy-duty drywall anchor system that’s rated for the weight of your television. There are several different options available, and prices range from about $20 to $80.

Once you’ve marked the locations where your tv mount will go, it’s time to drill the pilot holes. Unless you’re renting your house, your landlord probably won’t mind if you use a power drill and masonry bit to make the holes. A drywall anchor is fine for artwork and small shelves, but it’s not strong enough to hold the weight of a large television.

When you’re ready to install the actual mount, hold it up to the wall and use a bubble level to ensure it’s perfectly vertical. Then mark the spots where the mount will need to be drilled into the wall with a pencil.

Once you’ve drilled the guide holes, have a friend help you lift and position the TV on the mount. Screw the “wall” half of the bracket to the studs, then align the other half of the bracket with the hooks on the back of your TV. Depending on your television, this may involve going through a process of matching up the screw locations on the mount with those on the back of the TV (consult your TV’s manual for details). Once everything is lined up, tighten the mounting bolts. And don’t forget to plug in any devices that you’ll be using, like video game consoles or a DVR. And if you’re concerned about messy cables, look for a mount that offers some sort of wire management. Almost nothing ruins the appearance of a well-mounted TV quicker than loose wires hanging down. Some mounts have channels inside the body of the unit where you can run your wires, and others have clips that hold them on the outside.

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