Beyond a great picture, the beauty of a flat screen TV is the ability to hang it on a wall. Figuring out how to hang a flat screen TV can seem intimidating, but with a little planning and about one to two hours, you can take on this beginner’s level project without the need to hire a pro. When choosing your mounting hardware, be sure it can handle the weight of your TV. As you plan the placement of your TV, take into account the size of the room, access to power, and ability to hide wires.
- Tape measure
- Stud finder
- Screw driver
- Flat screen TV wall mount bracket rated for the weight of your television
- Weight-rated wall anchors
When taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear. We’ll let you know throughout the video when you should and should not use the safety gear.
Attach bracket. Lay the TV face down on a soft cloth-covered surface and detach the TV base if it has one. Remove any caps covering the mounting screw holes and screw the mounting bracket to the back of the TV. Be careful not to over tighten screws.
Locate studs. Studs are the beams supporting your home’s walls. Many homes have wood studs. Wood studs can hold a great deal of weight, and they’re easy to work with. Other homes contain metal studs, or have solid concrete, or hollow cinder block walls. If you have wood studs, locate them with a stud finder, marking the center of each stud with a pencil.
Measure. Mark the bottom edge of the wall mount at each stud. Use the level to draw a guideline for the bottom of the mount.
Install plate. After placing the wall mount plate in position, check again that it is level, marking where the screw holes should be. Drill pilot holes for the mounting screws. Then screw the mounting plate onto the wall using the fasteners included with your wall mount and wall anchors if necessary. If you’ve never used drywall anchors before, familiarize yourself with them with our project on how to use drywall anchors.
Attach TV. Get a friend to help you hang your TV on the wall. Then hook up your television’s cables.
Step back and admire your work. You’ve just hung a flat screen TV!