How To Wall Mount a Flatscreen TV
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How To Wall Mount a Flatscreen TV

Flatscreen TVs give you the advantage of a big screen without the great deal of space often taken up by CRT and rear-projection TVs. Because of their flat profile, you can even hang your flatscreen TV on a wall. This not only frees up more space in your room, it also puts the TV out of reach of small children and pets, which can save you a lot of time that you may have otherwise spent cleaning dirty fingerprints off the screen.

Mounting your flat-screen TV to a wall can free floor space, keep the TV out of reach from small children, reduce the chances of the TV falling over and add a sense of style to a room. Most flat-screen TVs do not come with wall mounts, so the mounting hardware must be purchased separately. Depending on the size and weight of your flat-screen TV you may need a second person to assist you in lifting the TV.

Things You'll Need

Blanket

Pencil

Stud finder

Level

Measuring tape

Power drill and drill bits(see mount manual for sizes)

Screwdriver or socket wrench (see mount manual for specific tool)

Step 1

Lay your flat-screen face down on a thick blanket. This will ensure that the screen does not get damaged while you are attaching the mount to the back of the TV.

Step 2

Remove the four mounting hole caps from the back of your TV. If you are unsure where the mounting holes are located, refer to your TV’s user manual.

Step 3

Attach the mount to the back of your TV. Depending on the mount and the hardware that came with it, you may have to use either a screwdriver or a socket wrench to secure the mount to the TV. See the mount user manual for details.

Step 4

Measure the distance from the bottom of the mount to the bottom of the TV.

Step 5

Make a mark on the wall with the pencil at the height where you want the bottom of the TV to be, then measure up the distance between the bottom of the TV and the mount and make a second mark on the wall. The upper mark will be where you will attach the wall plate. Use the level to mark a level line on the upper mark on the wall.   

Step 6

Use a stud finder to locate a stud on your wall. You will need to attach the wall plate to a stud to support the weight of the TV. Mark the center of the stud with your pencil.

Step 7

Line the bottom of the wall plate up with the line you marked on the wall and drill holes where the mounting screws/bolts will go. The drill bit must be slightly smaller in diameter than the mounting screws/bolts.

Step 8

Attach the wall plate to the wall. Do not tighten the screws/bolts completely, yet. Place the level on the top of the plate and then tighten the screws/bolts when the plate is level.

Step 9

Lift up the TV and attach it to the wall plate. The methods for securing the mount to the plate vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Refer to the mount manual for the specific method.

Tips

There are several ways to conceal the cords and cables leading from the TV to your electronic devices.  Plastic cable covers are available  to both organize and conceal your cables. If you want further concealment, you can paint the cable cover to match your wall. If you don't want to go with a cable cover,  you can also simply place a decorative plant or any other decorative item on your electronics stand to conceal the cables. 

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