These days, almost anyone can afford a flat screen TV; in fact, with new models like curved TV sets, flat screens could be on the way out soon!
Many people also choose to have their flat screen TV mounted on their wall. There are several advantages to this: aside from saving space, it can also turn a TV into more of a decorative accessory. Depending on the shape of the room, it can also give everyone a better view.
However, mounting TVs is a job that should be approached very carefully. If you do not know what you are doing then you could easily end up damaging your TV, not to mention your wall!
Because of this, you may want to consider hiring a local appliance installer or handyman to mount your TV to the wall. If you have an awkwardly shaped model, such as a curved screen, or an expensive top-of-the-range TV, then it may be worth hiring a professional for the sake of protecting your investment.
Although most flat screen TVs come with a free stand, wall brackets are another matter. However, getting your hands on one will not be difficult. Wall brackets are usually built to fit different size ranges rather than specific sizes or models, and so finding one that will suit your TV should be simple. If you do not know the size of your TV, you can either measure it yourself or look up the model number online.
Before you get started, you will need to choose a flat surface to work on. Ideally the surface will be padded, so a bed can be a good choice, though a table will usually be suitable. Take a look at the owner’s manual before you get to work, since some models recommend attaching brackets while the TV is upright rather than flat.
If your TV’s stand is already attached, remove it before you proceed. Place your television screen-down on the flat surface: you should see four holes, designed to be used to attach brackets. If there are any mounting screws inside the holes, which can be common for new TVs, remove them before continuing.
A bracket will usually come with all of the necessary fasteners, such as screws and bolts, so look at these before you get started and make sure that you have all the necessary tools. You will also need a pencil, stud detector and a spirit level for later on.
Making sure that your bracket is facing the right direction, line it up with the holes on the back of your TV. Insert the screws or washers as instructed in your owner’s manual and tighten them fully. You will want to test that the bracket is firmly attached before moving on to the next stage.
Unfortunately, you cannot just mount a TV to a wall wherever you want. Only certain sections of the wall will be able to support a TV, especially one of those gigantic models that we all secretly dream about!
Before we get started, you might have noticed a square hole in the back of your TV bracket. This is for if you want to run wire through your wall in order to keep it hidden. This is a nice optional aesthetic touch, but it should be handled by an experienced handyman.
Start by using your stud detector to locate the studs in your walls, then use your pencil to mark the studs where you will be mounting your TV. These sections of the wall essentially hold the entire thing in place, and will be strong enough to take the weight of your TV.
Look at your TV’s mounting bracket and note the distance between the mounting holes. To make drilling into your wall easier, you are going to mark it and create guiding pilot holes. Ideally, you will be able to hold your mounting bracket against wall and push your pencil through each hole to show where you will be drilling. If not, you will have to measure where the holes will go.
Use your spirit level to make sure that the holes line up, and do not worry about taking your time: the more careful you are, the more likely you are to have a perfectly level finished product.
At this point, the job will be much easier if you have a friend to help you. Drill the pilot holes, then hold the mounting bracket against the wall, lined up with the pilot holes that will be used to attach it. Attach the fasteners, screwing them in as firmly as you can, and use your level to make sure that the bracket is not askew.
Once the mounting bracket is secured, pick up your TV and lower it down onto the bracket, before fully tightening the attaching screws. Do not let go of your TV completely until you are absolutely sure that your bracket is properly and securely fitted.
Finally, switch the TV on and test it out!