Did you buy a big flat TV lately and is wondering where to put it? While you can put it on top of a TV rack or your usual cabinet, you can opt to mount it on the wall as most homeowners do. Wall mounting a TV saves a lot of space and keeps it safe. Kids cannot reach it.
If you know how to mount your TV to the wall it will save you from hiring a technician who will do it for you. Professional installation costs depend on your location. The price ranges from $50 to $350—that is around 2,500-18,000 Philippine pesos. The materials they will use mean another cost. But if you know how to do it you can save your money for other things. This article will show you how you can wall mount your TV.
Most flat TVs are designed to be wall-mounted. The shop where you will buy your TV may offer you their services together with the mounting materials which usually cost more expensive. There are do-it-yourself (DIY) shops where you can buy the mounting materials for a cheaper deal. Decide how do you want yours to be mounted.
Low profile mount
The low profile mount is the basic mounting. It holds the TV close to the wall. It is not too low and not too high. It is just the right mounting height. This mounting creates less of an obstacle along traffic paths and reduces the risk of TV damage or bruises.
The tilting mount provides more adjustability. It lets you mount the TV above eye level to maximize the viewing angles. If the TV is tilted, you can watch from a lower angle like when you are lying on the floor or sitting on the sofa.
This is the most versatile option. Full-motion mounts allow the TV to be tilted, swiveled, panned and extend to your viewing location. That means you can pull the TV away from the wall and turn it to the left or right, to face the viewer.
Get the height right
Decide where you want to put the TV. See to it that its position will allow you to enjoy viewing while you are seated, lying on the floor, or viewing from a corner. Do not put the TV too high. Looking up at the TV screen can give you a sore neck. Some experts recommend centering the screen at eye level (when you’re seated). Others say a bit lower is better, so eye level is centered on the top two-thirds of the TV (that’s where most of the on-screen action is). When you’ve found the right spot, mark it. Prepare your mounting materials.
Position it perfectly
Mark and drill your pilot holes. You must know where to drill them because you already have measured them. The holes will allow your mounting screws to enter the wall. Attach the mounting bracket to the wall. You need someone to help you move the TV up to this location. With your partner, lift the TV carefully—with your legs, not your back! Line the mounting armor plate on the TV up with the bracket on the wall and connect them following the manufacturer’s instructions. This can vary from one mount to the next, so always read the instructions. Fasten the screws and enjoy your newly mounted flat TV!
Required Tools for this project
To accomplish this project successfully, you must prepare the following materials and tools:
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- Adjustable wrench
- Cordless drill
- Drywall saw
- Socket/ratchet set
- Stud finder
- Tape measure
- Utility knife