Check out this step by step on Installing TV wall brackets. Mounting your flat screen television to the wall not only looks great, but can also be a fantastic way to save space. However, one of the most common DIY disasters we come across is plastering & wall boarding damage caused by poorly fitted wall brackets, so we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you perfect the art of wall mounting. Remember, these tips can apply to a range of wall-mounted installations including shelves and wall hangings, and may open up a new chapter in your portfolio of DIY capabilities.
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- Electric Drill
- Tape Measure
- Spirit Level
- Spanners or Socket Wrench
- Stud Finder (Optional)
Choose a Mounting Bracket
You can purchase a wide range of television brackets for TV’s of all sizes and they tend to fall into three different categories:
- Tilt & Turn
- Full Motion
If you are looking to mount your television at eye level, in a large room with flat walls, a Fixed Position bracket will suffice. However, if you’re working in a smaller, odd-shaped room, you may be better off going for a Tilt & Turn or Full Motion bracket that will allow you to change the viewing position as required.
Before you make a start, you’ll need to decide where to mount your television. You may require an extra pair of hands to help place the TV in different positions around the room to find the most comfortable viewing position. If you have a large, heavy TV you will need to attach the mounting bracket to a solid brick wall; however, if your walls are plasterboard, you will need to locate the timber studs and attach the bracket 1 or 2 studs to avoid damaging the plasterboard.
- Place the mounting bracket on the wall in the required position and use a spirit level to make sure the bracket is level. Once it’s in position, mark the drill holes with a pencil and remove the bracket.
- Drill small pilot holes using the appropriate drill bit for your wall type (wood or masonry) then place the bracket against the wall to check they are in the right place.
- Once you are happy, re-drill the holes with the correct size drill bit to fit your mounting screws. Remember, if you’re attaching the bracket to a solid brick wall, you will need to drill holes large enough to fit ‘wall plugs’ to prevent the screws pulling themselves out of the wall.
- Place the bracket against the wall and secure using the heavy duty screws supplied with your wall mounting kit.
- Next you will need to attach the mounting arms to your television. There should be four mounting holes with protective screws located on the reverse; remove the protective screws and secure the mounting arms using the bolts provided in your bracket kit.
- Finally, position your television on the wall bracket and secure using the locking bolts attached to the mounting arms.
- Once you’ve finished, you may consider adding a cable cover/cable tidy to hide the wires and create a clean, stylish look for your room.
So there you have it, TV wall-mounting made easy! This should be a relatively easy job for a competent DIY’er, as long as you follow our step-by-step instructions. Remember to check for hidden wires or electrical sockets nearby before drilling into walls, as it can be very dangerous and expensive to repair if you drill through a mains circuit. If you’re unsure, or feel it is beyond your capabilities, why not contact CPM Property Maintenance. We specialise in all aspects of home maintenance and offer a fast, friendly reliable service for residential and commercial properties in Exeter, Exmouth and the surrounding areas.