Mounting a television on a wall is a great way to save space in your home or apartment. Putting your TV on the wall creates a sleek and modern look while improving your viewing experience. Where possible we recommend mounting your TV on the wall because of all the benefits.
However, TV mounting requires some know-how and attention to detail to ensure that the TV is safe, secure, and well-positioned for optimal viewing. We have a few key Do’s and Don'ts that we tell our clients. We have gathered a few of them below.
Before you mount your TV, it's essential to choose the right wall. A solid and sturdy wall will ensure that your TV stays in place and is safe from accidental falls or damage. If you are unsure of the wall strength or know that it is weak, we advise you to contact a professional. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the wall:
Drywall or plaster walls are the most common types of walls found in homes and low rise apartments. Most high rise apartments and condos have drywall but oftentimes have metal studs as opposed to wood studs. If you have drywall or plaster walls, make sure the wall studs can support the weight of your TV and mount. If you're unsure about the wall's stability, consult a professional.
Consider the viewing angle of your TV when choosing the wall. Make sure the wall is in a location where you can comfortably watch your TV without straining your neck or eyes. The wall the TV should be mounted on will feel natural when you are sitting from your couch.
The wall you choose should be located in a spot that complements your room layout. If you have a fireplace or feature wall it might be best to mount it there!
One common mistake when mounting a TV is placing it too high on the wall. The TV should be mounted at eye level, which is usually around 42 inches from the floor. If the TV is mounted too high, you may experience neck strain or eye fatigue. If you have neck strain while watching your TV for extended periods of time then you know it is too high. Additionally, mounting the TV too high can make it difficult to see the screen when you're sitting down, which defeats the purpose of mounting the TV in the first place. We go over in a recent article our recommendation for the TV height.
Choosing the right mount is crucial for ensuring the TV stays in place and is safe. Some mounts offer more flexibility than others. There are three main types of TV mounts:
Fixed mounts are the simplest type of mount, and they hold the TV flat against the wall. Fixed mounts are best for smaller TVs and rooms where you don't need to adjust the TV's position. A fixed mount does not reduce the glare from natural light.
Tilting mounts allow you to adjust the TV's angle up or down. This type of mount is ideal for rooms with windows or lights that cause glare on the TV screen.
Full-motion mounts allow you to adjust the TV's angle up, down, left, and right. This type of mount is ideal for larger rooms or rooms where you need to adjust the TV's position frequently. If you have an open concept room then this is the mount for you!
When choosing a mount, make sure it's compatible with your TV's size and weight. Most mounts have weight and size limits, so check the mount's specifications before purchasing.
A high-quality mount is essential for keeping your TV safe and secure. Don't skimp on the mount, as a cheap or poorly made mount can fail, causing your TV to fall. If the mount is poorly made the metal can bend or even worse the screws can snap. This will damage your TV and also potentially damage your wall or furniture. Make sure the mount you choose is made from durable materials, and it's rated to support your TV's weight. Getting a cheap or used mount can put your new expensive TV at risk.
Mounting a TV requires a few basic tools, including a drill, level, stud finder, and screwdriver. Using the right tools will ensure that the mount is secure and the TV is level. If you are working with brick, concrete or other hard materials you will need to upgrade your drill and bits you are using. We recommend going to the hardware store and asking someone there. Let them know which type of wall you will be installing on and they can help guide you what type of drill you will need.
Mounting a TV takes time and patience. Rushing the installation can result in an improperly installed mount, which can be dangerous and damage your TV or wall. Make sure you have plenty of time to complete the installation and follow the instructions carefully. We always use the saying “measure twice, cut once”. Although this is not carpentry the phrase still applies.
After you have mounted the TV, it's crucial to test the mount to make sure it's secure. Give the TV a gentle push to ensure that it's not wobbly or loose. If the TV moves or wobbles, you may need to tighten the screws or adjust the mount.
Cable management is an important aspect of TV mounting. Neglecting cable management can create a safety hazard and detract from the look of the TV. In wall or on wall cable concealment can greatly improve the look of the TV installation. Once the TV is on the wall it takes away from the look when the wires are dangling free. It in some cases makes the TV look worse.
If you're not comfortable mounting a TV on your own, consider hiring a professional. A professional technician will understand how to properly and safely install your TV. A professional installer can ensure that the mount is secure, the TV is level, and the cables are managed properly. A good installer can provide advice on the best wall location and mount type for your TV and room.