How can I mount my TV to my wall?
Mounting a TV to a wall is something a lot of people want to do, but don't necessarily know how to do it. How easy it is or how hard it can be is a function of a lot of variables. You can usually find someone locally to do it for you if you need the help (try searching Craigslist or Angie's List for in-home service in the range of $50 - $100). But if you want to do it yourself, you're going to have to follow these few steps. These are general procedures that can vary from situation to situation, but work for the most part:
- Check to make sure your TV is VESA mounting compatible
- Make sure you can locate studs in your wall
- Purchase a TV Wall Mount that works with the size & weight of your TV
- Connect the back plate of the mount, making sure to screw into the studs on your wall
- Connect the VESA / mounting plate to the TV
- Slide & secure the TV plate onto the backplate
- Test carefully to ensure that your TV is not at risk of falling off
When shopping for a wall mount and then doing the installation here are some tips we always recommend:
- Get the help of a friend! The hardest part of the mounting process is lifting a heavy TV onto the backplate. The risk here of dropping the TV and ruining it is high. This process is much easier with two or more people.
- Use a stud finder! There are countless horror stories on the internet of people who don't properly secure the backplate into studs and the weight of the TV simply tears it off. You must secure the TV backplate into something that can MORE than handle the weight of your television AND the plate.
- Get a plate that exceeds the specifications of your configuration. This tip is really critical as a lot of manufacturers will use lab conditions to test the capabilities of a plate. If your TV weighs 50lbs, look for a plate that can handle 75lbs or more. If you have a 32 inch screen, rather than buying a mount that caps out at 32 inches, find one that can exceed that size. This tip will give you a little tolerance (wiggle room) in case your specific measurements exceed those of the manufacturer by a small bit.
Our list of recommended TV wall mounts broken down by TV Size: