How to install a TV wall mount

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It’s one of those jobs you put off and put off, until finally you just pay someone to do it for you. But don’t be scared – wall mounting a TV is actually really easy. Not only will your television look great hanging on your wall, it will also free up much-needed space. Here’s how to hang yours:

Tools and materials

1200mm level

Drill

Drill bit

Eye protection

Pencil

Phillips head screwdriver

Ratchet spanner

Shifting spanner

Stud finder

Tape measure

Mounting bracket

Television

how to install a TV wall mount

1. Find studs in the wall

TVs are really heavy, so you need to mount yours off a stud so it’s nice and secure. The easiest way to find where they are is to use an Electronic Stud Finder. It will beep when it finds the stud in the wall. If you can’t get your hands on one of these, just tap your wall to figure out where they are – the sound of the knock will change when you hit one. Once you’ve found them, mark with a pencil.

how to install a TV wall mount

2. Line up your wall mount bracket

Grab the TV wall bracket – we’ve used a Crest Large Full Motion TV Wall Mount With Superior Control and line it up so it fits with the studs. Make sure you are well versed on the make and size of your TV BEFORE you choose your mount – you’ll need to get the right size and make sure it holds the correct weight for your brand. Most wall brackets come with an inbuilt spirit level, which is handy because you want your mount to be dead straight. Once those bubbles are centred, you’re good to mark up the spots where you’ll drill your holes.

how to install a TV wall mount

3. Drill your hole

Once you’ve lined it up, it’s time to drill pilot holes in the wall where you’ve made those pencil marks. Fix the bolts into the wall, leaving them slightly loose – you can tighten them later once you know they’ll definitely work there.

how to install a TV wall mount

4. Fix the hanging brackets to your TV

When your mount is in place, grab the hanging brackets and affix them to the back of your TV. Don’t be too heavy-handed – your TV’s a delicate device. 

how to install a TV wall mount

5. Grab a friend to help you

You can give it a go yourself, but we don’t recommend this for safety reasons. Grab someone to help lift it into place. Once it’s up, adjust to suit your surroundings. Most brackets allow you to tilt to adjust for glare, which is great if you’re placing near a window. Tighten the bottom screws with a long screwdriver once it’s all securely in place.

how to install a TV wall mount

5. Grab a friend to help you

You’ll probably have some greasy prints on your TV from all that manhandling – grab a cloth and wipe it clean. Plug your TV in – and away you go!

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