Take your home entertainment system to new heights by wall mounting your TV. Great for reducing glare and creating the best and clearest viewing angles for movie nights or footballing weekends, you’ll create a minimalist look to your living room, with clean lines and maximum floor space. Keeping little hands and crazy pets away from the TV too, it’s the perfect way to keep both them and your TV safe.
With the right kit, installing a TV wall mount couldn’t be simpler. From checking the walls to install the mount itself, we’ll talk you through exactly what you’ll need and why it’s important.
■ A Stud Finder is a great tool to use to help you identify the best part of the wall for mounting your TV and avoiding both wires and areas of drywall. Prevent mess and disaster further down the line by identifying the stud wall, the strongest point to attach the mount to.
■ A power drill is an effective way to attach your wall mount and will massively speed up the process.
■ A variety of drill bits used for different purposes during the process will ensure that your wall mount is attached securely and correctly. You’ll need a carbide-tipped masonry bit to drill the initial pilot holes into your drywall and a Phillips drill bit for driving in the mounting screws.
■ A level will help you check your guide holes and mount are straight before attaching it to the wall. It’s tempting to trust your eyes for this step, but we’d always recommend using a level to avoid ending up with a crooked TV.
■ The correct TV mount for your TV can usually be found in your accompanying instruction manual. These are called your VESA mount measurements and you need to make sure that your chosen TV mount complies with these. If you don’t have your TV manual don’t worry, we’ll teach you how to easily find these measurements later.
■ Someone to help you to lift the TV and position the mount because mounting a TV can be quite heavy work! You’ll be more likely to achieve straight lines with an assistant.
■ Consider your cables as you may want to route them through the wall as part of your set-up. You could also tie them together and position them behind your set, hide them behind your decor, or install a cable cover that matches your walls to hide them away.
Before you hang your TV wall mount, it’s important to be able to recognise the difference between both brick and stud walls, to ensure that your TV is hung securely, preventing any damages later down the line. Here are the things to look out for with each type of wall.
When mounting to a brick wall, mounts need to be driven directly into the brick rather than the mortar, for a more secure fitting. For this, you need to ensure that you use heavy-duty wall anchors that have been designed specifically to support large, heavy items.
We talked a little bit about stud walls when mentioning the stud finder. Stud walls are interior walls made from a wooden stud frame with plasterboard attached to it. The wooden ‘stud’ part of the wall is the safest and strongest place to secure your TV mount for the best results. Some stud walls are made from a metal frame rather than a wooden one so in this case, your TV wall mount would need to be attached to the plasterboard using fixings. In this case, just make sure that your TV weight doesn’t exceed the weight of your kit.
In order to choose the correct TV wall mount for your TV, you need to know your VESA or Video Electronics Standards Association number. This can usually be found in your instruction manual, but if you don’t have this don’t worry, it’s really easy to calculate! If your TV needs a VESA bracket it should have a series of holes on its reverse. Simply measure the distance between the horizontal holes and then do the same with the vertical holes and record these numbers (you should be working in millimeters here). These two numbers are your VESA dimension. If your television isn’t VESA compliant, you’ll need to use an adjustable universal mounting bracket and properly adjust it to match your TV’s mounting holes. It’s important to remember when choosing any mounting bracket that bigger TVs are generally heavier and will need a heavier duty bracket to safely support their weight.
■ Step One: Choose your spot wisely
Think about your viewing angles and achieving the best possible picture quality when choosing potential hanging areas. Consider where the light falls in your room at peak viewing times of your day and your location choice carefully so that you don’t end up having to move your TV after fitting. If in doubt, choose somewhere that is a natural focal point in the room, such as the area above your fireplace.
■ Step Two: Use your stud finder to check the wall
Once you’ve located where the studs are, record this with a faint pencil line or painter's tape so you remember your position.
■ Step Three: Use your drill and mark out your pilot holes
Place your wall mount against the wall and use your level to ensure you’ve achieved the straightest angle (you may need help from your assistant for this). Use a pencil or painter's tape to mark out where you’ll drill your pilot holes (these will be used to attach your mount later so make sure you’re happy with them before drilling). Drill in your pilot holes with your masonry drill bit.
■ Step Four: Attach your bracket to the wall
Get your assistant to hold your mounting bracket to the wall then drill your mounting screws into your pilot holes (the holes you drilled in the last step) using the Philips drill bit.
■ Step Five: Attach the mounting plate to your TV
Find the holes on the reverse of your TV (the same holes you used to find your VESA number). If they already have screws in them or if there’s plastic over the holes, remove this. Attach the mounting plate to the back of your TV using the included screws and hardware.
■ Step Six: The final step! Mount your TV to the wall
With help from your assistant, carefully lift your TV and line the mounting plate (or arm if your mount is extendable or moveable) up with the bracket on the wall. Connect the two parts together using the instructions provided in your manual to ensure that your TV is attached securely. Then sit back, relax and enjoy your TV!
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