Last Updated on July 18, 2023 By Emma W. Thomas
In most apartments, it is possible to mount a TV on the wall. However, there are several factors to consider before doing so. First, review the lease agreement to check if it permits wall mounting and any specific guidelines. Next, assess the wall structure to ensure it can support the TV’s weight and use appropriate anchors. It is advisable to seek the landlord’s approval before making any modifications. If wall mounting isn’t allowed, consider using a TV stand or a freestanding mount.
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What Are You Supposed To Do Before Mounting Your TV On The Wall?
Before you can decide on whether to mount your TV or not on your apartment’s wall, you need to do the following;
Re-Read Your Lease
Your apartment needs to be as comfortable and trendy as possible. Enjoying your TV viewing is one factor that contributes to this comfort. But, before you can decide on mounting your device on the wall, you must understand what your lease allows and prohibits. Be sure to read all clauses to avoid breaching your contract hence jeopardizing your tenancy.
While most landlords will overlook tiny holes in the wall, drilling large ones may bring issues when your time comes to move out.
Consult Your Landlord
Your landlord expects you to leave your apartment in the same condition you find when you first move in. It is, therefore, necessary for you to assure them of patching any holes or repainting the wall that could be damaged during the mounting of your TV. You may also agree with the landlord to leave the mount behind since the tenant who comes after you may need it.
Create A False Wall
If your lease does not allow you to make any alterations to the wall or the landlord is unwilling to allow the same, you can think of an artificial wall. Creating a false wall can be an easy DIY task, but you can hire someone to do it. You can then mount your TV on this wall together with its components. Be sure to run the wires behind the wall but, make sure your landlord agrees to this arrangement.
What Are The Steps To Mount A TV On The Wall?
Mounting a TV on the wall could be quite challenging unless you follow the right steps. But, with the proper tools and knowledge, it can be easy. Here are the appropriate steps to follow;
Collect All The Necessary Items
Before embarking on the mounting process, be sure to collect all the necessary tools for the job, including;
- Power drill and drill bits
- Tape measure, pencil, and masking tape
- Stud finder, paper template (optional), level
- TV mount, mounting hardware (screws, spacers)
- Flathead screwdriver, or Philip’s head
The Items You Need And Their Uses to Mount a TV
For mounting the TV to the wall. Check your TV manual for the right measurement.
To locate the studs for maximum support of the TV to the wall.
To speed up the drilling of the holes and the mounting process.
For making pilot holes and driving in the screws
To ensure that the TV is not slanting on the wall. It will also help avoid unnecessary holes.
Marking the position of the studs on the wall ( you can use a pencil instead), so is optional.
You may also need two friends to help you raise and position the TV. A TV is delicate, and you need to handle it with care to avoid damaging it.
Get A Suitable Mount.
Selecting the right wall mount for your TV is crucial since you don’t want to mess. Check to get the ideal size bracket compatible with your TV set. It is also necessary to look for a style that matches your TV and complements your room’s aesthetics. You can check your TV manufacturer’s manual for details on which mount will work best.
When mounting your TV set, be sure to consider the right distance for optimal viewing. It is important to familiarize yourself with the mount, get the correct screws, and understand the TV mounting plate and wall bracket.
Identify The Correct TV Position.
After getting the correct mounting bracket for your TV set, you must identify the perfect location and place it at the right height. Be sure to position your TV properly at the right height in case you need to adjust it later. Check that position where everyone sitting in the room can have the best view to watch their favorite shows or movies. Be sure that the wall you choose has the necessary satellite connections, power outlets, and cables.
When mounting a TV set, make sure that its screen’s center is at eye level to give a proper viewing angle. You can use masking tape or pencil to mark the desired position and check mount brackets in relation to your TV. Since some TV sets attach the mounting brackets at the bottom and others at the chassis, it is good to be careful when mounting.
Locate The Studs
Once you have identified the suitable location on the wall for your TV mount, you will need to get the right studs for the job. Since the drywall alone may not withstand your device’s weight, the studs give the necessary support. You can use a stud finder to locate the studs and then measure the mounting points on the TV to know the number of studs you need.
For most TV sets, two studs are enough (one on the left and another on the right), but others may require three studs depending on the specifications of the TV mount and the wall you choose. Use a pencil to mark where the studs are located.
Mark The Position Of The Holes
Using a pencil and a level, mark the spot where you intend to screw on the wall. Be sure to put the marks evenly between the studs and ensure that the mount will not slant. You can also use masking tape instead of a pencil
Place The Mounting Bracket On The Wall.
Once you have put the marks on the wall, you need to double-check the position of the bracket. You can place it flat against the wall by screwing it up on one marked hole. Ensure that you line up the bracket with the second hole while keeping it firm and double-check to ensure that the mount is well aligned with the pilot holes.
When you are sure that everything is in place, use a drill to make the pilot holes through the wall.
Secure The Wall Bracket
After drilling the pilot holes, it is time to secure the bracket using the mounting screws (these are usually included in the package). Ensure that the bracket is firmly attached to the wall by using a ratchet, screwdriver, or power drill to put the screws into the studs. Be sure to tighten the screws for the bracket snug to hold firmly against the wall without rattling or wiggling on the mounting plate.
Fasten The Mounting Plate To The TV
The next step is to attach the mounting plate to the back of your TV and then join it with the wall bracket. Doing this will help to hold the TV securely on the wall. You can attach the two halves of the mount using a rail system, an extended arm, or a simple clip, but this will depend on the type of mount.
You will then put the TV mounting plate in line with the VESA mounting holes at the back of the chassis. Use a screwdriver and the included screws to attach the TV to the mounting plate. Ensure that the screws are not so tight as this could damage the stripped screw heads or the TV chassis resulting in problems when mounting or unmounting the TV set. As a rule of thumb, make sure to tighten the screw enough to hold the bracket snugly against the TV chassis. You will then need to tighten it about a quarter turn.
Fix the Mounting Plate To The Wall Bracket
Once the TV mounting plate and the wall bracket are in place, it is time to join them together. You will need to raise the TV to the ideal height (you can also lift it slightly higher than the right height) so that you can lower it when attaching it to the plate and bracket. You can use attachments that can screw the TV in place. Be sure not to hold the TV by the glass but instead use the outside bezels. Avoid also pressing or grabbing the screen as this could damage the display. Once you are sure that the mount is attached properly, allow the bracket to support the TV’s weight.
Power On Your TV
The final step is to plug in your TV back and any other devices that need to be reconnected. Enjoy your movies and shows at your convenience.
Alternatives to Mounting a TV on the Wall
If you cannot or do not want to mount your TV on the wall, there are several alternative options to consider:
- TV Stand: Use a TV stand or entertainment center to place your TV on top. These come in various styles and sizes, providing stability and storage for media devices.
- TV Cabinet: Opt for a TV cabinet with doors to hide the TV when not in use. This keeps the room tidy and minimizes the visual impact of the TV.
- Media Console: A media console with shelves can hold your TV and other electronic equipment, offering both functionality and aesthetics.
- TV Credenza: A low-profile TV credenza can be an elegant alternative to wall mounting, providing a stylish display for your TV.
- TV Cart: If you prefer mobility, a TV cart with wheels can be a versatile option, allowing you to move the TV around as needed.
- TV Easel: For a unique and artistic approach, consider using a TV easel to display your TV like a piece of art.
- TV Mounting Bracket: Some TVs come with tabletop mounting brackets, which allow you to secure the TV on a stable surface.
- Corner TV Stand: Utilize a corner TV stand to maximize space and fit the TV into a corner of the room.
- Floating Shelf: Install a floating shelf below the TV to hold media devices or decorative items.
Mounting your TV on your apartment wall could give your room a stylish appearance and give you the best view. It also helps to create more space for other items but, you need to consult your landlord and read your lease to know what it states. If your landlord agrees to it, make sure that you follow the right steps as explained in this guide.
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