There are several things to keep in mind before mounting your TV on the wall. In this post, we will go through the most important things you need to know – height, angle, mount and distance.
Where should your TV be placed?
The first question you should ask yourself is where the TV should sit. Depending on the design of the room, it is sometimes better to leave the TV on a stand, while it is sometimes nicer to mount it on the wall, but often it simply has to do with your personal preference.
Here are a few important aspects to keep in mind:
How high or low should the TV sit?
The rule of thumb is that the TV, when watches from the couched, must be mounted at a viewing angle of about 30 degrees. This means that a TV should be mounted about as high as it is in inches. In other words, a TV that is 55 ” should be mounted one and a half meters from the ground to end up at a good angle.
Distance from the couch
To begin with, it should be mentioned that everyone feels a little different about how far from the TV they want to sit. However, there are a few rules you can follow to get a reasonable distance to the TV. To calculate a good distance from the sofa to the TV, you can take the size of the TV and divide by 0.55.
For example, if you are buying a 60 ”TV, you should sit around 109” from the TV. The reason why this is good to keep in mind is that the structure of the room is important in deciding how big a TV you should buy. If the room is not that big, an oversized TV can simply be overwhelming.
The structure of the wall
Another thing you should check out before you start mounting your TV is how the wall is built. A TV weighs a lot, so the wall must be able to withstand it.
If you have a concrete wall, you need to pre-drill the holes and use strong concrete plugs, and if you have a plaster wall, it is important to look for studs and screw the bracket into them. Even if the wall can withstand the weight, it can be a problem if you do not use the right kind of screws, so it is also important that you make sure that you use screws according to the recommendations.
How to solve the wiring?
Nowadays, you do not use as many cables as you did before, mainly as the number of streaming services has grown immensely over the years.
Smart TVs usually support WiFi, which means you do not have to pull a long network cable to it. In that case, you only need one solution for the power cord, and that is often included in the TV package.
But for those who still have the occasional cord that must be pulled from the TV to, for example, a game console or digital box, you do not want the cord hanging directly from the TV down to a TV bench. In these cases, it is best to create a tunnel from the TV down to your boxes in advance. A creative alternative can also be to make cord art on the wall, but it is probably not something that everyone likes.
Mark on the wall for the correct height
Decide where the TV should sit and make a mark on the wall.
Tape up a poster or large sheet of paper and sit on the sofa to get an approximate estimate of how it will be.
Information on how to attach the TV to the wall and the height at which the TV should be mounted can be found in the operating instructions for the wall mount you purchased for the TV.
Which wall mounts are there to choose from?
There are lots of different wall mounts for the TV, depending on whether you want to rotate the TV horizontally, vertically or angle it off the wall. All wall mounts can be found where you bought your TV or in stores that sell technology gadgets.
How do I mount the wall mount on the TV?
On the back of your flat screen TV there are four screw holes that are for hanging with a wall bracket. There is a standard on the dimension between the screw holes called VESA. VESA is a standard that most TV brands follow in order for consumers to find the right wall mount.
Here are two options for mounting a wall bracket on a drywall:
- Find out where the wood is on the wall. Knock the wall in different places and you will notice where they are located. There is usually 60 centimeters between each wooden piece. Once you have found the rule, you can use a regular wooden drill to drill with. If the TV wall bracket does not extend over both bars, you can fasten a plank horizontally between the bars.
- For smaller and lighter TV screens, you can use expander bolts (available for purchase in the hardware store). Make sure they are made for the thickness you have on the drywall.
- Feel free to get help from someone when mounting the TV on the wall and ask for tips and advice in the store, where you buy the wall mount, before you start mounting.