Although wall-mounting a TV seems like a fairly straightforward DIY job, there are a whole host of issues to consider before you reach for the power drill. After all, a badly-mounted TV is not only unsightly, but can also cause serious damage. This damage can extend not only to your wall, television, and any pricey equipment that a tumbling TV may fall on, but also to your neck or spine — watching a TV that is mounted too high or low can cause strain-related injuries, which is definitely something you don’t need when you’re meant to be relaxing in front of your favourite show!
We’ve mounted more than our fair share of TVs over the years, so thought we’d put together this handy guide to share some of our ultimate dos and don’ts for the process.
DO assess your wall first
Assessing the weight-bearing capabilities of the wall you’d like to mount your TV on is probably the most important thing you’ll do in this process, as different wall materials come with different challenges and considerations. If mounting onto a brick wall, make sure you drill into the bricks themselves, as bricks tend to be a lot tougher than mortar (badly-mixed mortar can crumble under pressure, so you don’t want to take any chances with this). Investing in heavy-duty masonry wall bolts (or anchors) will provide extra peace of mind, as these are especially designed to create a much sturdier fixture.
Stud walls, though in some ways simpler to deal with, offer their own unique set of issues. If you’ve seen photos of walls ripped down with expensive televisions smashed into pieces in the rubble, more often than not this will have been because of people getting a little gung-ho about mounting onto a plaster wall. To safely mount onto a stud wall, use a stud finder to find the wooden or metal studs, and mark where they are. You should only be screwing into the studs, as they will be able to bear the extra weight — most plasterboard walls are far too weak to support a television without extra support. It is possible to mount onto walls without studs, but this needs to be done very, very carefully, preferably by a professional, and requires different equipment to a regular wall-mounting.
DON’T forget the cables
People often choose to wall-mount their televisions for a sleek and modern look, but then hurry into getting their TV up without considering something critical that all televisions come with, wall-mounted or not — cables! There is nothing more unsightly than a multitude of straggly cables dangling down a wall, so you need to plan how you’re going to make these disappear before you get the drill out.
For a relatively cheap and easy solution, you could invest in some cable covers — this is also a good quick fix if you’re mounting a TV onto a brick or concrete wall. For a really next-level finish, though, you can hire a professional to conceal the cables by feeding them down into a hollow portion of your wall. Although this is arguably a more complicated option than choosing cord concealers, it creates a really flawless finish, and if you’re splashing out on a brand new home cinema system, you may as well go the extra mile to avoid any distracting, ugly cables.
DO get the height right
Height and positioning is one of the most important things to consider when wall-mounting your television, as a placement that is too high or low on the wall can lead to painful neck and back problems. As a rule of thumb, the middle third of your screen should be at eye level from your natural sitting position, so get comfortable on the sofa and ask a friend to grab a tape measure to record the optimal height. If you prefer watching television from a recliner, you can go a little higher with your TV, which can then be tilted downwards. This process requires a little more trial and error, so you might be better off getting a piece of cardboard cut to the size of your new TV and trying it out in a few different positions on the wall before you commit to anything.
If you’re looking for perfection in a wall-mounted TV, it’s always best to call in the professionals. Our home cinema package offers all include stylish cabling solutions and careful positioning of screens that are tailored to suit your needs.
DON’T mount your TV above a fireplace
Finally, if you have a working fireplace in your home, please avoid mounting your TV above it, even if it looks like the perfect-sized and -shaped spot to place it! The heat produced can severely damage your television, potentially wasting thousands of pounds, and most of these spaces above fireplaces are way too high to offer ergonomically-sound viewing.
These are just a few of the things you’ll need to consider for a successful TV installation, but it is, of course, always best to recruit professionals to carry out this kind of project. We have mounted countless televisions in our time, so we can perfectly mount your brand new television quickly and simply, while simultaneously offering a range of cable-hiding solutions. Get in touch today to see how we can help.