A little know-how may save you a lot of money when it comes to mounting a flat panel TV on the wall. Professional installation costs between $150 and $350, not including the cost of the mount. You can perform a first-rate job yourself in about an hour if you can manage some accurate measurement and driving a few screws. We’ll teach you how to install a television on the wall. We’ll also help you go through the bewildering array of mounts and choose the one that’s right for you.
How To Install A Full-Motion Tv Wall Mount
Don’t be daunted by the variety of wall-mount brands and models. All of them are variations of three fundamental types. The three types vary mostly in how much you can alter the screen’s location. Adjustments may also help to reduce glare and improve viewing comfort in other ways. Adjustability, on the other hand, is crucial for image quality. The image on a TV screen is sharpest when seen straight on, much as it is on a computer screen. As a result, amount with greater flexibility provides you a better image in more circumstances and may even expand your TV placement choices.
Most flat TVs are intended to be wall-mounted but double-check before you go shopping for an amount. On the handbook or the TV itself, look for the letters “VESA” (Video Electronics Standards Association) followed by a number, such as “VESA 75.” Your TV will operate with any mount that has the same VESA number. Before you select a full-motion or articulating tv wall mount, think about the wiring. If you want to run wire through your walls, the mount design may influence how and where you place outlets and cable connections.
Mounts with a low profile
Low-profile mounts (ranging from $25 to $150) keep the TV flush against the wall. As a result, there is less of a stumbling block along traffic routes, and the danger of TV damage or bruising is reduced.
Mounts that tilt
- More flexibility
Tilting mounts ($50 to $200) allow you to raise the TV above eye level or adjust the angle to fit the circumstances, which is useful if you watch TV from the floor one day and the couch the next.
- Mounts that move in all directions
- The most adaptable choice
Tilt, swivel, pan, and extend the TV using full-motion mounts ($100 to $500). That means you may move the TV away from the wall and swivel it to face the viewer to the left or right. Make sure your height is correct.
Is it better to go lower or higher?
It takes three persons to set up a television. Mark one corner with masking tape after you’ve chosen the ideal location. Remove the TV from the room and use tape to outline the bottom edge and the opposite corner.
When it comes to choosing a location for television, the most frequent error is putting it too high. Looking up at the screen may cause neck pain and a hazy image (particularly if the TV mount isn’t tilted). When sitting, several experts suggest centering the screen at eye level. Others argue that a little lower angle is preferable, with eye-level focused on the upper two-thirds of the screen (where the majority of the action occurs).
However, there is no such thing as a “correct” height. The size of the TV and the room both have a role. Because the upward viewing angle is reduced as you sit farther away from the TV, a large TV in a large room may be placed higher on the wall. A test drive is the best method to determine the mounting height. This is a three-person task, with two people holding the TV and one judging the height. Simply place yourself in a viewing position and move your gaze about the room, looking at the screen from various angles.
Mark the position of the TV on the wall using masking tape after you’ve chosen the perfect spot
After that, put the TV aside and use additional tape to outline the TV’s bottom border on the wall. Use a level to place the tape so that it is absolutely level. Using an electronic stud finder, identify the centers of the wall studs as well (the centers of studs provide maximum holding power). You can drive screws wherever if your walls are made of concrete, brick, or block.
The wall plate should be mounted on the brackets. From the right edge of the TV to the bracket, measure. Make a mark on the wall with the measurement. Then drill into the closest stud.
Most wall plates allow you to move the TV a few inches left or right, so the plate doesn’t need to be precisely centered where the TV will hang. However, getting the plate to the correct height may be difficult. Many individuals had to install it twice or even three times before getting it properly. Here’s how you save time and prevent a wall covered with screw holes:
To begin, follow the directions for attaching the brackets to the television. Plastic plugs may be used to cover the screw holes on the back of the TV. Simply pry them away. After that, hang the wall plate on the brackets to finish the TV mount. Measure the distance from the bottom of the TV to the center of each row of mounting holes on the rear plate while the TV is propped against the wall. Measure the same lengths up from the tape and mark the stud positions on the wall. Make sure the markings are exactly level by using a level (horizontally). Then take the picture as a guide.
Drill holes where the markings are made. The lag screws should be 1/8 inch smaller than the holes. If the manufacturer didn’t provide lag screws, read the instructions and go to a hardware shop or home center to get the appropriate size. Then, using a ratchet wrench and socket, fasten the plate to the wall.
This Project’s Required Tools
Before you begin this how-to mount a TV DIY project, make sure you have all of the required equipment on hand. This will save you time and stress.
- Screwdriver With Four Functions
- Wrench That Can Be Adjusted
- Drill With No Cord
- Saw For Drywall
- Set Of Sockets And Ratchets
- Finder Of Studs
- Measurement Tape
- Knife For Everyday Use
This project’s materials are required.
By having all of your supplies ready ahead of time, you can avoid last-minute purchasing excursions. Here’s a list of them.
- Mount For Flat-Panel Televisions
- Bolts With A Lag (If Not Included In Mounting Kit)
- Tape For Masking