If you’re thinking about building a wall mount for your TV, I can tell you from experience that it’s much simpler than it sounds. It requires only basic tools and an hour or so of your time. Here’s how to do it:
Determine the height of the wall mount.
The first thing you need to do is measure the distance between your TV and the ceiling, floor, wall and furniture. Next, measure the distance between where you want to mount your TV and any windows that are in direct line of sight. If you don’t have a measuring tape handy, then use a ruler or yardstick.
Make sure that there’s enough space between each measurement so that things don’t get too crowded when it comes time to install the wall mount .
Find studs in your wall with a stud finder.
Find studs in your wall with a stud finder.
Mark the location of the studs using a pencil.
Use an impact driver or electric screwdriver to drive in toggle bolts, which are used to hold most flat screen TVs to the mount. The type you need depends on whether you’re mounting on drywall or concrete (not all mounts can be used on both).
When you’ve finished driving in your bolts, make sure everything is level before proceeding.
Mark the holes on your wall.
- Use a pencil to mark the holes on your wall. Make sure that you do this with a level so that your lines are straight, and then use a drill to make them.
- Use drywall anchors if there aren’t any studs where you want to put the mount (or if there are studs but they aren’t in the right place). Drill through drywall, drive in an anchor, then screw into it. You should be able to see where they go because you made marks before hand with your pencil.
- After drilling all of these holes into your wall and mounting points, just screw everything together tightly! If you want extra assurance that nothing will fall out of place or break while your TV is mounted, use some brackets too – just make sure they’re tight enough so that nothing moves around at all.
Use an electric drill to make a hole for the toggle bolts, if necessary.
If you will be using toggle bolts, use an electric drill to make a hole for the toggle bolts. Make sure that you are drilling into a stud. The bolt should be long enough so that it can go through the wall and into the stud.
Use a drill bit that is about the same size as your toggle bolt, so that when it goes through, there’s enough room for your head of choice (screw or bolt).
Place the mounting plate on the wall and mark where you need to drill the holes into it.
The first step is to place the mounting plate on your wall and mark where you need to drill the holes into it. If you’re using a traditional stud finder, pick a place where there’s a stud. You could also use an electronic stud finder if you want to be extra sure about this step. Once you’ve marked where all four holes need to go (two for each side), it’s time for drilling.
Holes are drilled with a drill bit that has been measured based on what size of toggle bolt or screw will fit through them. For example, if your hole needs to fit an M6x16mm bolt (as shown in this project), then make sure that whatever diameter bit is used measures at least 6mm across its radius when held sideways against an edge like the one shown above right before being placed into position over top of one end piece on your mounting plate which was already installed onto wall earlier during Step 1: Place Mounting Plate Onto Wall And Mark Holes With Pencil Or Pencil Eraser Tip As Well As Using A Drill Bit Measuring At Least 6mm Wide When Pressed Against Edge Of Project Area To Make Sure It Can Fit Through Holes In Housing Without Damaging Anything (If Possible).
Drill pilot holes into the wall, then insert toggle bolts and tighten them.
Insert the toggle bolt into the wall. Make sure it is straight, level and tight. You can use a screwdriver to tighten it if necessary.
Use your level to make sure that the bolts are evenly spaced from each other, and make sure they are also level side-to-side in relation to each other. The best way to do this is by using a bubble level on top of one of the bolts until all four sides are even (no bubbles).
Install the mounting plate.
- To install the mounting plate, use a stud finder to locate and mark where you want to mount it on your wall.
- Use a drill with a hole saw to cut out an opening for the mounting plate in the spot where you will mount it. Make sure that the hole is large enough to fit around all four bolts of your mounting plate so that no part of them will be exposed once installed (unless this is what you want).
- Insert each bolt into its respective hole on the back of your TV’s bezel and tighten them by hand until they’re snug but not overly tight or loose—you don’t want them falling out over time! Make sure each one is straight when tightened (if not, loosen slightly then remove and re-insert).
Using a level, place a piece of wood that is just as long as your mounting plate against it, flush against the top and bottom sides of the plate to hold it in place. Measure how far down from the ceiling you want your TV to be placed and mark that distance on both sides. Repeat this measurement on both sides of the mounting plate at its bottom edge, then connect those two points with a pencil line. That is where you will need to drill in order to secure your board to the mounting plate.
- Place a piece of wood that is just as long as your mounting plate against it, flush against the top and bottom sides of the plate to hold it in place.
- Measure how far down from the ceiling you want your TV to be placed and mark that distance on both sides. Repeat this measurement on both sides of the mounting plate at its bottom edge, then connect those two points with a pencil line. That is where you will need to drill in order to secure your board to the mounting plate.
Built a sturdy mount for your TV
- Use a level
- Use a stud finder. You will need to locate the studs in your wall, which can be done using either:
- A cordless drill with a stud finder attachment and then drilling into it until you hit wood or metal, or
- Holding up a tape measurer against the wall, marking where it meets and then measuring along that mark until you hit one of your previously drilled holes.
And there you have it. A step-by-step guide to building a wall mount for your TV. Keep in mind that this is only one of many ways to do so, and there are tons of different styles available out there. You should be able to find something that suits your style and needs.