A new flat screen TV is a fantastic home feature. Long-gone are the days of oversized box TVs with fuzzy images and bulk to spare. That said, flat screens are not without their flaws: aside from still taking up space, it can also be difficult to angle them in a way which minimises glare from lights and windows. One of the best ways to get around these issues (and to make your new flat screen even more impressive) is to mount your TV on a wall!
When mounting a TV, the key for success is taking accurate measurements. Herein lies the problem of trying to mount a TV on your own: at several points you will need to hold your bracket in place while marking points on your wall, or tilting the bracket while checking it with a spirit level. This can be very difficult to do with only two hands, especially if the bracket is particularly large or heavy. In order to get your measurements correct, and to avoid dropping and damaging your bracket, it will be a good idea to book a TV mounting service with a local handyman.
Remember, it is not just about proving that you are strong enough to lift your bracket and TV at the same time - if you want your TV to be perfectly positioned on your wall, you will need a helping hand!
The first step of mounting a flat screen TV on a wall is making sure that the wall itself is suitable. Most of the time, a stud or partition wall will not be strong enough to hold the weight of a TV. It is possible to get around this either by buying a bracket specifically made for stud walls or by using hollow wall anchors. Generally speaking, however, it will be easier if you can use a solid wall.
Before purchasing your bracket, you will need to check that it will fit your TV. The best way to do this is to look at a bracket’s Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) information. The horizontal and vertical distance between the holes in the back of your TV will be the product’s VESA dimension, which your bracket will need to suit. Do not worry if your television does not follow the VESA standard; this simply means that you will need to buy a universal bracket.
Television brackets tend to come in two parts: the section that attaches to the wall and the other fixes to the TV. You will want to start with the latter.
Once this is done, lay the wall attachment against the section on the back of your TV (it can be good to have your friend or handyman holding the TV up while you do this). Measure the distance between the bottom of the TV and the bottom of the bracket. Next, measure the length of the TV. Use these measurements to choose where to put your bracket on the wall, making sure that you are leaving enough distance around the bracket for the TV itself.
The next step will be to hold the bracket against the wall. Use a spirit level to check that you are holding it completely straight, then use a pencil to mark each of the screw holes. You will also want to run your pencil along the top of the bracket to help you reposition it later.
Put the bracket down, then take a drill and start making holes for your screws, inserting rawl plugs as you go. You can now start attaching the first part of the bracket to the wall. Remember to keep using a spirit level to make sure that everything is straight, or your TV will be at an angle later on.
Before you actually mount your TV, it will be a good idea to insert all of the cables (power, HDMI and so on) in advance. Doing this when the TV is secured to the wall can be quite awkward; more than likely, you will end up having to take the TV down to make sure everything is properly inserted.
Once this is done, have your friend or handyman help you lift the TV onto the wall bracket. Finally, secure both bracket sections to each other using your remaining screws.