A guide to wall mounting your TV

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By Mike Atherton 19 Apr 2018
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Wall mounting your TV can completely transform the look of your room. It gives it a more modern, minimalist feel, as well as more floor space. If you have small children or pets, it keeps them, and your TV, out of harm’s way. But there are a few things to think about before you start drilling holes in your wall.

In this guide, we’ll take you through the different options available, and what to look out for.

We always recommend getting someone to help when wall mounting your TV, even smaller TVs can be tricky to handle. If you aren’t completely confident mounting your TV on the wall, it might be best to get one of our experts to do all the handy work for you - find out about our TV wall mounting service here.

Wall types

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Unless it’s a really old house, you probably have at least two different types of wall in your home - brick, and stud walls. Most walls can support a TV, but you need to be particularly careful with stud walls. Here’s what to look for.

Brick walls

These walls are fine for mounting a TV of any size, but try to make sure the mounts go into the brick, and not the mortar, as the brick will provide a much more secure fitting. When you’re mounting a large TV, it’s a good idea to use heavy-duty wall anchors that are specifically designed to go into brick to support heavy items.

Plasterboard stud walls

Interior walls are often made from a wooden ‘stud’ frame with plasterboard attached to it. The wooden 'studs' are strong enough to hold any TV, and good quality wood screws will do the job. If you’re planning on mounting your TV directly onto the plasterboard, you’ll need to use special plasterboard fixings, like the GripIt plasterboard fixing kit. With stud walls, we’d always recommend fixing your wall bracket to the timber frame if possible.

Plasterboard with metal studs

TVs can be mounted on these types of walls - but as with the timber stud wall, you’ll need to use special plasterboard mountings like the GripIt fixing kit.

When you’re using a plasterboard mounting kit, always make sure your TV doesn’t exceed the maximum supported weight.

Checking the wall

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If you have a plasterboard wall, you'll need to find the studs so you can mount the bracket in the right place.

Stud finders and wall detectors are really useful devices that help you find the timber or metal studs, and any electrical cables or pipes hiding behind the plasterboard. If you’re not sure whether there are wires or pipes in the wall, you should always check first to make sure you don’t drill into anything.

Position on the wall

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Before you start drilling holes, you should make sure you know exactly where you want the TV to be positioned. It’s a good idea to cut out a template of your TV so you can stick it on the wall and sit in the seat you’d normally use to watch TV. This way, you’ll know whether the TV is too high, or too low, and you can mark the wall exactly where you want the center of the TV to be.

If you have small children or pets, you might also want to make sure it’s positioned high enough that they can’t reach it.

Choosing a wall bracket

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TV wall brackets come in a few different styles. A basic one will put the TV flat to the wall, just like hanging a picture. There are other types that let the TV tilt up and down, or left and right.

You can also get wall mounts that have a fully adjustable arm, which lets it go up, down, left, right, and swing forwards or backwards.

Once you've decided where it's going, you can take a look at our range of wall brackets to find something that fits your needs.

VESA compatibility

VESA (Video Electronic Standards Association) is the organisation who set the standards for wall mount sizes. Most TV manufacturers follow the VESA standards, so most TVs will work with a VESA bracket.

There are some TVs that don't conform VESA standards - if you have one, it’s likely that the manufacturer has either included a wall mount in the box, or they can supply one. If you’re unsure whether your TV can be wall mounted, always check with the manufacturer.

Sorting the cables

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It’s worth thinking about what you’re going to do with the cables before you start. There are different options depending on the type of wall you have and whether you want the cables to be completely hidden from view.

Brick walls

Completely hiding cables when you have a brick wall can be a big job, but it can certainly be done. It involves removing the plaster, and some of the brickwork so the cables can be fed through a steel channel - if you’re not completely confident when it comes to tricky DIY jobs, we’d recommend getting some help from a professional.

Stud plasterboard walls

These are a little easier to work with than brick walls, but they can still present some challenges. Feeding the cables through the wall can be particularly tricky, but you can get special tools to help with this. Again, if you’re not completely confident doing this yourself, it’s best to get help from a pro.

Plastic trunking

If you don’t want to start hacking away at your wall, the other option is to use plastic trunking to hide the wires. They’re usually adhesive so can just be stuck to the wall with no drilling required, and they’re easy to cut to size.

Whichever method you choose, it’s worth checking that all of your cables are long enough, and you’ve thought about everything you’re likely to need - for example, you might not use a TV aerial, but it’s probably worth feeding an aerial cable through, just in case you want to use it in the future.

Hopefully, that’s everything you need to know, but if you have any questions about wall mounting your TV, contact one of our Team Knowhow experts and we’ll be happy to help.

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