How to Hang a Flat Screen TV
Do you want to hang your flat screen TV on the wall but don’t know how to do it without making a mess? Fear not! In this blog post, we will walk you through the process step-by-step. It is actually very easy to do, and with a little bit of patience, you can have your flat screen up in no time. So what are you waiting for? Read on!
First, you will need to gather the following materials:
- a flat screen TV
- a drill
- wall anchors (optional)
- a level
- a tape measure
Find the Studs
Now that you have all of your materials, it is time to start hanging your flat screen TV! The first step is to find the studs in your wall. The studs are the wooden beams that make up the frame of your house. To find them, you can use a stud finder or simply knock on the wall until you hear a solid sound (as opposed to a hollow sound). Studs are usually 16″ apart, so once you find one, you can measure 16″ to the left or right to find the next one.
Mark the Wall
Once you have found the studs, it is time to mark where you will be drilling your holes. Using a pencil, make a small mark on the wall where each of the screws will go. Start by holding your flat screen up to the wall where you want it to go. Use the level to make sure that it is even, and then use the tape measure to mark where the screws will go. Once you have your marks, remove the TV and start screwing in your wall anchors (if using). Wall anchors are not necessary, but they can provide extra support.
Drill the Holes
Next, it is time to drill your holes. Drill one hole in each of the studs that you marked earlier. The hole should be big enough for the screw to fit through, but not so big that the anchor can’t grip it. You will typically need lag screws that are at least ¼ inch in diameter. These will secure the bracket to the strongest part of the house.
If you want to mount your flat screen TV using the Vesa standard, you will need to purchase a Vesa mount. This is a metal bracket that will attach to the back of your TV. Once it is attached, you can then use screws to secure it to the wall. The Vesa standard is a very popular way to mount flat screen TVs, as it is very strong and secure. The Vesa standard comes on most flat screen TVs and is just standard pattern of mounting holes on the back of the TV. The Vesa mount will come with instructions on how to attach it to your particular model of TV.
Attach the Bracket to the TV
Now that you have drilled your holes, it is time to attach the bracket to the back of your flat screen TV. First, hold the bracket up against the back of the TV. Then, use screws to secure the bracket to the TV. Be sure to use screws that are long enough to go through the thickness of your TV. Use a level to make sure that the bracket is level before tightening the screws.
Hang the TV
Now it is time to attach your flat screen TV to the wall! Take your flat screen TV and line up the holes on the back of the TV with the screws that you drilled into the wall. Then, simply screw your TV into the wall. You may need someone to help you hold the TV up while you do this especially if you have a bigger TV.
Hiding the Wires
Ideally, you’ll have power on the wall directly behind the TV on the wall where you want to hang it. If you don’t you’ll have to find another way to get power to the TV. The easiest way to do this is to use an extension cord and route it along the baseboard or up through the attic so it comes out behind the TV on the wall. You can then use zip ties or velcro strips to secure the cords to the back of the TV or along the baseboard. If you don’t want to run wires through the wall, you can use extension cords that are the same color as your wall to give it a cleaner look.
There are also wireless surround sound kits that you can use to get audio to your TV without running any wires at all!