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Wall-mounted TVs can do a lot to make your home more spacious and company-friendly, as well as give you more options for arranging your spaces. Knowing how to wall mount a TV will help you get the most out of your precious indoor real estate, and there are a few easy and relatively inexpensive options available to you. You may not experience your top-rated TV well until you mount it the way it should be done.
Once you’ve decided how you want to do the installation and determine what height you want it at (eye level, a bit above eye level, etc.), mounting your TV generally only takes a few steps and a few common household tools if you’ve got any handy around.
There are a few different basic categories of wall mount systems.
Whichever variety you choose, keep in mind that all TV wall mounts have a size and weight limits that must be observed to avoid damage to your TV and your walls. Once you’ve determined what size and weight limit you’ll need for your TV, there will be steps to preparing and mounting your TV and wall that will generally apply to most situations. Remember to handle your TV well lest you risk causing harm to your screen, which may need you to get rid of a blue screen on the TV.
First, you’ll want to determine the exact location you want to mount your TV. Also, be sure to check out our article on how high a TV should be mounted before you get started. Keep some things in mind when deciding:
Keep in mind that these are the general steps involved, and that exact details and some techniques will change depending on the mount type, walls, and TV.
The last step before you enjoy watching your favorite shows is to rescan the TV to get all the channels. You can easily find out how to rescan tv if you have no clue on how to do it. Additionally, should you have to move or replace the TV, you can read about how to remove the TV from a wall mount.
What kind of screws and other hardware should I use to mount my TV?
This will vary somewhat depending on the building material the wall is made of, but twist drill bits, wood or drywall screws, a power drill, measuring tape, and level will all be essential.
What is VESA?
The VESA system is a standardized way of measuring the distance in millimeters between the four mounting holes of a consumer TV or display. Most TVs and displays are VESA-compliant.
Can I mount a TV on a brick wall?
Yes, though it takes considerably more planning and skill than mounting in drywall or wood, so it’s not generally recommended to the average consumer.
STAT: 42″ from the floor is generally considered a good height at which to mount a TV for people of average height (source)
STAT: A standard 50″ flat panel TV weighs from 28-55lbs on average (source)
STAT: If mounted to studs with the proper hardware, drywall can support weights of up to 100lbs (source)