5 Steps to Wall Mounting Your Flat Screen

By Christine DiMaria

Mounting TV Whether you want your TV on the wall for aesthetic purposes or you need to get rid of your television stand, a wall mount will help you do so. This helpful guide will assist you in mounting your TV, so it’s safe and will look appealing in your home.

1. Purchase a Wall Mount

Buy a wall mount at any larger retailer. Electronic stores will also have them. Look for one that’s specifically made for your television. It needs to be able to hold your size and weight of television to keep your TV from falling off your wall and breaking.

2. Decide the Location

Determine a location for your TV. There isn’t a set standard for where you should put it, but keep in mind, you don’t want to have to strain to see it – no matter where you’re sitting in the room. About 40 to 45 inches from the floor is comfortable. You also want to make sure that there is a stud in the wall to which you can mount your television. This can be done with the use of a stud finder, which is a small, inexpensive tool you can find at any home improvement store.

3. Cable and Power

Make sure your cable and power sources are accessible from the location you plan to mount your TV. If you’re someone who enjoys rearranging your living quarters, hide the cords behind a bookshelf or behind a shelving unit positioned under your TV. If you want to run wiring through the wall, it is highly recommended that you contact a professional. Working with electrical wiring can be extremely dangerous.

4. Connecting the Mounting Brackets to the TV

Remove the cover from the mounting holes on the back of your television. Screw the mounting bracket to the mounting holes. You can either keep the television standing upright to do this or lay it down on a soft surface. Align the mounting holes on the bracket with the center of the studs. Use a level to make sure the bracket is in alignment with the studs. With a pencil, marks where the holes for the television bracket should go (over the stud lines you drew before). Drill the holes carefully, making sure to hit the studs. Use lag screws and a socket wrench to connect the bracket to the studs. Before you hang the TV, make sure the bracket is still level.

5. Connecting the Mounting Arms

Connect the cables to your TV. Position the television and lock it into the mounting arms. Double check that the connections are tight by tugging on them lightly.
By following this step-by-step guide, you’ll have your television mounted on the wall before the next episode of your favorite show airs. Plus, you’ll know that your TV will safely hang on the wall.

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