Does it scare you to nail a several thousand dollar television to your wall yourself? It does me! Gravity and I have been at war for quite some time and Gravity tends to win. If you’re comfortable mounting shelving or hanging pictures, you should be able to mount top rated flat screen TVs to a wall. But before you begin, make sure you’ve thought about the following.
1) Location, Location, Location!
First, you need to make sure you’re choosing a good location. You want your TV to correspond with a viewer’s eye level when sitting down. (Typically 40-45 inches from the ground). You’ll also want a location that’s not far from an outlet for the TV’s power cord. The bigger the screen, the further you’ll need to space out your couches and chairs. Do NOT wall mount if your house has metal studs; these are not strong enough to support a TV. Finally, you don’t want a location that invites glare on top rated flat screen TVs.
2) Tilt, Swivel, Low-profile: Kinds of Mounting
You’ll notice the terms “tilt” and “swivel” in wall mount specifications; these indicate whether you can mount that particular TV with a tilt or swivel.
Tilting mounts extend about 2-4 inches from the wall, and the screen can be moved 5 to 15 degrees up or down. Tilt mounts are good if your TV is high on a wall above a seating area.
A swivel TV allows you to pan side to side and sometimes can also tilt up and down. You can turn top rated flat screen TVs over 180 degrees horizontally if you swivel it.
The last kind doesn’t move but sits on your wall like a picture frame; it’s called low profile, because it’s the simplest and most economical mounting choice.
3) Tools You Need
You’ll need to know how to use a power drill and drill bits, measuring tape, electrical tape, stud finder, level and screwdrivers, sockets, a ratchet. A utility knife, a drywall saw, string (for pulling wire short distances), and fish tape (for pulling wire longer distances.) You’ll also want a friend, pencil to mark mounting points, and the mounting kit and instructions that came with your TV.
Is there something else you need to have or need to know in order to wall mount your TV? Ask us in the comments below and look for future blogs going over the TV wall-mounting process!