Welcome to our series of guest blogs from the team at SANUS in which the company identifies common homeowner design problems and offers solutions. Here, SANUS’s Lauren Theobald explores how truly easy it is to mount a TV yourself with a little guidance and the help of a friend. (After you read it, we recommend you check out SANUS’s mountfinder for mounts compatible with your own TV.)
Want to DIY but not sure where to start?
With sites like Pinterest, YouTube, and our new SANUS Spaces blog making every project under the sun available at our fingertips, the do-it-yourself trend is on the up and up. From landscaping to home decorating, fix-it projects or a complete renovation, homeowners are more empowered and capable than ever when it comes to redesigning their homes. As they should be! It’s an extremely gratifying feeling when you can say, “I did that” and point to something in your home. Of course, there are some areas of the home, like electrical, plumbing, and HVAC, that are really best to left to professionals. But, if you’re a weekend warrior looking for a simple DIY project, the best way to start revamping your home entertainment space is by mounting that flat-panel television.
There are a lot of benefits to mounting a flat-panel TV, including optimizing your TV’s performance by allowing it to tilt, turn, and swivel, saving space and adding style, and as a safety precaution to prevent a TV tip-over. The best part? When you use a full-motion mount you can view from multiple seating areas, so if you have a multifunctional space you can view your TV from anywhere in the room. It’s now easier than ever for a homeowner to mount their own TV, and there are several best practices to follow, no matter the TV you’re mounting or the mount you’re using to do so.
Where you’ll be placing the mounted TV should be a key consideration before any installation begins. Have you considered factors such as sun light, having to mount in a corner, and the height of where the TV will be mounted? Sure, mounting a TV above a fireplace looks good, but will it be too high and obstruct the viewing angle? Determining the right distance and height to place a TV is also a very important factor to decide on before installation.
Considerations must also be made depending on the type of wall you wish to mount on. Wood studs, steel studs and cement walls work for the majority of mounts, but there are a few requirements for both that need attention, so make sure to consult the wall mount manual for these details before installing. We do not recommend mounting a flat-panel TV to a brick surface or above any brick fireplace.
The first step is to, of course, pick a mount that is compatible with your flat-panel. It’s important to remember when choosing a mount that it fulfills both the size and weight requirements for the TV.
As with any DIY project, reading the manuals thoroughly (for both the flat-panel and the mount) is extremely important before beginning the installation; some mounts also have installation videos online as well. Depending on the mount/mount kit that you’ll be using, some, all, or none of the tools necessary for the installation may be included. It’s helpful then to have these simple household tools on-hand:
- an electric drill and drill bits for wood stud installations
- masonry drill bits for concrete installations
- a wrench or socket
- a Philips screwdriver
- a level, tape measurer, pencil, an electronic stud finder
- a small nail to verify stud locations.
If you are mounting into steel studs you may need additional hardware, as well. In addition, thoroughly check packaging to ensure there are no missing or damaged parts.
Prior to mounting the TV, stop first and think about what you’re going to do with the cables! A mounted TV is a great look, but unsightly and dangling cords from the TV can easily ruin the appearance. There are two options: in-wall and on-wall. In wall cable management systems can help hide and organize power, component, cable, and HDMI cables. Again, this should be considered before the TV is mounted, as a hole must be cut into the wall to house the cable management system.
Before you do any drilling first attach the mount brackets to the back of your TV, just to confirm compatibility. Then, it is time to break out the drill. No need to be afraid, the key is finding the stud, which are typically 16” or 24” apart. Heads-up here, you don’t need to have the TV brackets exactly centered on the plate on the wall – when you hang the TV on the plate you can typically shift it left or right to center the TV with the surroundings, like windows.
Follow the steps in your mount’s instruction manual, and in no time you’ll have your flat-panel mounted and looking great. Complete or add to your sleek new look with an AV/component shelf or shelves that can attach directly to your flat-panel TV mount. It’s a good idea to have a friend or fellow DIY enthusiast to help lift the flat-panel when it comes time to secure the TV to the mount (depending on size of course), and then you’ll have someone else who can admire your work!
—by Lauren Theobald, SANUS – a division of Milestone AV Technologies
Lauren heads up the communications department at SANUS, home of the #1-selling brand of TV Mounts in the U.S. She is a multi-faceted marketer with traditional and non-traditional multi-channel marketing experience in the Consumer Electronics industry. Her passion is to communicate the brand and the product in a savvy, creative way through strategic digital marketing initiatives. Lauren is passionate about design and home décor, and aligning products to fit within that space to make it function better, safely, and more beautifully.