Every day it is more and more common, to mount the TV on the wall instead of placing it on the furniture. The main reasons are on the one hand the space limitation and on the other hand the aesthetic question. The televisions that are bought, are increasingly larger, so often there is not enough space in the cabinet to place it, so sometimes there is only the option of leaving it hanging on the wall.
Also as we say, the decision is made to mount the TV to the wall for a matter of design and the possibility of moving it from one side to another with a support with arm.
Whatever the reason, in this tutorial, we will explain the basic steps to follow, to place a TV on the wall and do it correctly and safely. We will guide you to choose the right support according to the TV and the type of wall.
TV wall mounting – Guide and tips.
However, always follow the guide provided by the manufacturer of the bracket and if you want to be sure and calm with the installation hire the services of specialists.. Let them install it for you and sleep easy knowing that you will not have any problems.
“We recommend you to hire the services of professionals for wall mounting, especially in large inch TVs, to be sure that the installation is correct and avoid future problems.”
In this guide we will explain the different types of brackets that there are, which one to choose according to your TV and what to look for to know if the wall will be able to withstand the weight load.
What type of wall mount to choose?
There are mainly, three different types of brackets. These are: fixed bracket, tilting bracket and full motion bracket.
The decision to choose one or the other will depend on where you plan to place the TV and from where you are going to watch it.
“We advise you not to go to the inch limit indicated on the bracket. For example, IF YOUR TV IS 75 INCHES AND THE STAND INDICATES THAT THE MAXIMUM SUPPORTED IS 75″, BETTER LOOK AT ANOTHER STAND WHERE THE MAXIMUM INCH THAT WILL SUPPORT IS HIGHER”.
Vogels fixed bracket for mounting the TV on the wall.
Fixed brackets, are the ones that are usually more glued to the wall, leaving in some cases, less than 2 cm of separation. This type of support does not allow the screen to move. It is the most convenient if you see it completely from the front and it is at eye level.
Tilting TV mount brackets allow you to move the screen vertically and tilt it down. It is the ideal if you see it from a lower height than it would be hung. In many TVs, as soon as the TV is no longer viewed from the front, they start to lose picture quality and can look more washed out.using a tilt stand, you will get the screen facing you, improving the view when you watch it for example from the bed.
Full motion articulating arm bracket
Articulated TV wall bracket with articulating arm
In this case, the bracket includes an arm that can move horizontally and also allows tilting. This is the best option if the TV is not viewed from the front but from a corner. For small TVs it is the best option, but with large inch TVs, it is better to choose a fixed one. We do not recommend you to take a support with arm for televisions over 65 inches and as long as you make sure that the support is going to hold it and above all the wall is resistant.
As we mentioned above, leave the installation in the hands of professionals if the TV is large inch and that you make sure before if your wall will support the weight.
What is VESA?
VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) is a standard that allows to know in a simple way the suitable support for each TV. This standard refers to the distance between the holes of the bracket. In this way, it is easy to know if it coincides with the holes on the back of the TV. This measurement is given in millimeters.
You can measure the distance of the holes directly on the TV or by looking in the manual that came with the TV.
Before buying the stand, you need to know the size and weight of your TV. This is essential to then choose the correct support to be able to support the screen. In the specifications of each support appears a range of inches that are compatible and maximum weight that supports.
Never rush to the maximum supported weight that indicates and leave some margin. If for example the television weighs 25 kilos and the support indicates that it supports as maximum up to 25 kilos also, try to look for another one that supports something more.
It is also essential to take into account the type of wall where you are going to put the TV. It is not the same the support that has a brick or cement wall that one of plasterboard for example.
Prices can vary quite a bit from model to model. Generally, full motion mounts have a higher price than fixed mounts. The materials are also another important aspect that increases the price if good materials are used.
Materials needed to mount the TV on the wall
Once you have already chosen the bracket, it’s time to perform the mounting. But for this, you need some tools.
Drill: You will also need to have the right drill bits.
Tape measure: You’ll need it to make sure of the distances between the holes and to take measurements of how high you want the TV to be on the wall.
Screws: They usually come in the bracket box, but may not be compatible, so you may have to buy them from a hardware store.
Lugs: In some models they are already included. However, it is advisable to buy specific ones for the type of wall where you are going to put it.
Screwdrivers: This is necessary in order to attach the bracket to the back of the TV. It is convenient that you have both star and flat.
Spirit level: In many cases, the bracket itself already includes a built-in level.
Steps for wall mounting the television.
Before starting the installation, if you were planning to hang it by yourself, it is better to ask for a hand, because especially if the TV is large, one person alone can not do it.
Next, if you plan to hide the cables, you will probably have to drill a hole before mounting the TV to run them. There is a wide range of conduit and raceways to route and conceal the wiring. They are available in various materials such as plastic, aluminum and even steel in different sizes and colors. Some brackets with arm also have the option to pass the cables through the arm to prevent them from hanging down.
An important detail also before starting, is to know where to drill the holes, to avoid drilling pipes and electrical cables. For this, a cable detector can be useful because it detects if there are pipes and cables. To do this, what you have to do is to pass the detector through the wall. However, keep in mind that if the wall is very thick and the device is not of very good quality, it may not be very reliable.
If you are not going to mount the TV on a brick wall, but you are going to mount it on a plasterboard wall you have to find the profiles. The gaps between these bars will be hollow and will not support the weight of the TV. These vertical beams run along the walls and are usually placed at a distance of 600 mm or 450 mm. Look for the metal profiles with a detector so you know where they are located.
Once this is done, attach the bracket to the wall and mark where the screw holes are. When drilling the holes, use the level to set the bracket straight and drill the holes using the appropriate drill bit for the bracket. Place appropriate wall plugs for the type of wall, to get a better hold. Consult the hardware store for the correct wall plugs.
Guide on how to mount a television on the wall
After having already fastened the bracket to the wall, now it is time to attach it to the TV. Depending on the TV model has a different screw size. For example, those used by Samsung are usually thicker (usually M8) than those used by Sony or LG.
In the box of the TV they do not come, but in the box of the bracket they do. However, in many cases, the length tends to fall short, especially in some Samsung models that require a very long screw.
Connect if possible the cables to the TV as it can be more complicated later. With the appropriate screws for your TV, attach the bracket to the four holes on the back of the TV. Each bracket employs a system to join the parts of the bracket and here it would be good to have the help of someone else. When they are already attached and fastened tighten the screws to leave everything finally fixed.
TV wall mount tutorial and tips
Hiring the installation service by professionals
Here we have given you a number of tips on how to mount the TV on the wall by yourself. But, the best way to perform a correct installation, is to resort to the services of professionals especially if it is the first time you hang a TV.
Having it installed by qualified technicians guarantees you that it will look the way you want it and also avoids both personal and material damage while the installation is being done. The cost of hiring this service varies depending on the size of the TV and the complexity of the installation, but usually ranges between €59 and €129.
The best fixed wall mount TV brackets
Max VESA 600X400mm Up to 165lbs Fits 16”-18”-24” Wood Studs, Quick Release Lock
For Most 42-100 inch Large TVs, VESA 800x600mm, Low Profile Space Saving
Up to132lbs Max VESA 800x600mm, Fits 16", 18", 24" Wood Studs
Best tilt wall mount TV brackets
Tilt TV Mount Bracket VESA 400x400mm- Holds Up to 99lbs, Easily Lock and Release
Low Profile Wall Mount Saving Space Max VESA 600x400mm Hold up to 99 lbs
VESA up to 600x400mm, Weight up to 165lbs
Best wall mount TV brackets with articulating arms
With Articulating Arms Swivel Tilt Leveling Holds up to 132lbs Max VESA 600x400mm
Dual Swivel Articulating Tilt 6 Arms, Max VESA 600x400mm, Holds up to 132lbs
TV Mount Bracket Dual Articulating Arms, Max VESA 800x400mm
With 42.5 inch Articulating Extension Arm, Max VESA 600x400mm, up to 132lbs
Dual Arms, Easy for TV Centering, Max VESA 600x400mm, 132 lbs