TV Wall Mount Brackets – What You Need to Know to Install a TV Wall Mount

Getting a new TV is exciting and mounting it to the wall will ensure that it is safely out of the way of harm, as well as being convenient to view from most angles in your room.

First, you need to determine which type of TV wall mount bracket you will purchase. There are three main types: low profile, tilting and full motion.

Once you purchase the tv wall mount bracket that you will use, you need to install it, obviously. Make sure you have all of the tools that you will need before you get started.

You will need:

o Stud sensor

o Screws (the ones that come with your tv wall mount kit)

o A good drill (or a screwdriver if you like manual labor)

o Measuring tape

o Pencil

o Level

First thing, determine which wall you will be mounting the tv on. Using your eye, find the approximate place you want the tv located. Next, measure about 45 inches from the floor. Make a small pencil mark on the wall where you will be installing the bracket.

Next, using your stud sensor, locate the wall studs behind the drywall where you will be hanging your tv. You need to mount your tv wall mount bracket into solid wood (studs), not just drywall, or your tv will fall right off the wall as soon as you hang it up.

Mark the stud location with your pencil with a small “x”. Next, measure the vertical distance between the screw holes on the mount. After you determine this measurement, place the mount against the wall over the mark you made previously for your stud location just about your height measurement from the floor.

Using your level, check that the location will be level once you screw the tv wall mount in. Using large screws – #14 is recommended, pre drill your holes. Next, attach the mount to the wall stud with the screws. Check again with your level to make sure it is actually level. At this point, you can decide if you would like to run your cables through the wall. Get this done first before you go further.

Once your mount is level and the cables are run, you are ready to hang your TV. There are rubber mounts on the back of most tvs that attach them to your wall mount. Hang your tv on the mount and allow it to settle securely into place. Double check to make sure your tv is securely in place before you let go of it.