Your Complete Guide to Mounting a Television on Your Wall
Televisions are, for better or for worse, an important part of our homes. When they're in use, they provide hours of entertainment and enjoyment; when they're clicked off, they should be able to fit into your home's décor aesthetic seamlessly and neatly, so that their presence doesn't take away from the rest of your space. Mounting your TV may be an easy way to achieve this balance. But when it comes to hanging this appliance, it's not as straightforward as throwing a few screws into the wall. Ahead, an expert explains exactly how to tackle this project safely and effectively.
Find the right mount size.
According to Bailey Carson, a home care expert at Angi, you need to first source the mounting mechanism you will use to get your TV on the wall. The easiest way to find a mounting bracket that fits your specific television (no, they aren't one size fits all!) is to use VESA numbers; these can be found in your TV owner's manual. "VESA numbers represent mount hole patterns and can range from 50mm to 800mm," she says, adding that your bracket's VISA numbers will need to be equal to or larger than that of your television, which is why it's so important to check both figures. "When looking at different mounting options, make sure the brackets list your TV as a compatible model," she adds.
Preemptively think about hiding your wires.
You will also want to think about where your wires—several will dangle down below the appliance after it is up—will go. "If you want a really clean look with the wires hidden, you'll need a specific type of mount," she says. "This one requires cutting into the drywall and rerouting the wires, so you'll likely want to call in a pro for the setup." Simpler iterations, however, do exist; wire covers are another tidy option.
Locate your studs.
The studs within your walls reference the framework that was constructed when your home was built. They are sturdier than other parts of your walls, which may consist of plaster or drywall. "Studs ensure that your TV will hang safely in your home, so you should always find a stud before mounting a TV," she says. "There are a few different versions of stud finders that can help you find the right spot." However, studs don't always line up with where you need your screen to go—but don't fret, says Carson. Without a stud, there are a few other ways to securely hang your TV, but these options are better handled by a professional.
Call in an expert.
Mounting a television is a big task (and, in most cases, a two-person job!) that needs to be done right for the safety of your home and everyone who lives inside it, Carson explains. "If you have any doubts about the process, or have never hung a TV before, it's best to call in a professional," she says. "They can help you with the entire process, from choosing your bracket to final installation."