This Space-Saving TV Solution is Easier to Pull off Than You Think

published May 12, 2020
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A successfully wall-mounted television.
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When it comes to planning a living room layout, the placement of the TV is usually a top concern. You have to be mindful of where the outlets are, where the couch will be, and—often—where you’ll have room to put a console to hold it. But here’s good news: Wall-mounting your TV is actually easier than it seems, and learning how will help you save tons of space in your living area and make your layout more flexible, to boot. You’ll only need a couple hours and a project buddy, who will help you in determining the height for the TV and then hanging it when all is said and done. Here’s how to do it.

Supplies you’ll need to hang a TV

  • TV
  • TV wall mount kit, like this one
  • level
  • drill and bits
  • finishing nail
  • hammer
  • stud finder
  • socket wrench
  • pencil

Directions for how to hang a TV

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1. Figure out how high you’d like your TV to be

Determine the height at which you’d like your TV to hang; it should be no higher than eye level when you’re standing. You can have your project buddy hold the TV to decide on height, or try this easy trick: Use a piece of paper or cardboard cut to the size of the TV to help make the decision. You can tape it to the wall and move it around until you find a height you like. Trace a line at the top of the TV or the paper when you like the placement.

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2. Locate the studs in the wall you’d like the TV to be on

Pick which wall you’d like the TV to be on. Use a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall; you’ll need to locate two. Mark the studs with a pencil. Then, tap a finishing nail in with a hammer to confirm the location of the stud. You’ll feel resistance when you hit it. Remove the nail from the wall.

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3. Mark your bracket’s holes

Hold the bracket up to the wall where the TV should go. Make sure that it will be attached to both studs. Use a level to ensure it’s straight, then mark where your screws will go with a pencil.

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4. Drill pilot holes

Use a drill bit slightly smaller than the screws in your mounting kit to make sure that there’s a snug fit. Drill a pilot hole into each pencil mark.

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5. Attach the bracket to the wall

Follow your kit’s instructions to attach the bracket to the wall. This one requires a socket wrench to install the hardware.

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6. Attach the other half of the bracket to your TV

Lay your TV down on a soft blanket or towel to prevent damage. Remove legs if they were attached. Then, use the recommended screws—they might be indicated on the back of your TV—to attach the other half of the mounting bracket to the back of the TV.

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7. Hang the TV

Hook the TV’s bracket onto the wall bracket. You might need two people to do this easily. That’s it! Now you can plug in your TV and enjoy all your favorite classic dramas or goofy comedies without sacrificing a single inch of floor space.