Can You Mount A TV In An Apartment?

Yes. You can mount your TV in an apartment to make it look stylish and comfortable for viewing. But, if you are a tenant, you need to seek your landlord’s consent before mounting. It is also necessary to read your lease to know about patching holes on the drywall.

In most cases, your lease will specify that you will be responsible for any alterations when moving out. You must take proper care not to drill large holes or spoil the wall. 

This article looks at what to do to mount your TV on the wall, steps to do it, and what you need for the job. Keep reading!

What Are You Supposed To Do Before Mounting Your TV On The Wall?

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 on 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 on 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?

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;

1. Power drill and drill bits

2. Tape measure, pencil, and masking tape

3. Stud finder, paper template (optional), level

4. TV mount, mounting hardware (screws, spacers)

5. Flathead screwdriver, or Philip’s head

The Table Below Summarizes The Items You Need And Their Uses.


Items/tools

Purpose

TV mount

For mounting the TV to the wall. Check your TV manual for the right measurement.

Stud finder

To locate the studs for maximum support of the TV to the wall.

Power drill

To speed up the drilling of the holes and the mounting process. 

Drill bits

For making pilot holes and driving in the screws

Level

To ensure that the TV is not slanting on the wall. It will also help avoid unnecessary holes. 

Painter’s tape

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’s 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 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 on 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 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 snug against the TV chassis. You will then need to tighten it about a quarter turn. 

Fix 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.  

Conclusion

Mounting your TV in 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. 

You may also create an artificial wall to help put up your TV at the right height for improved viewership. 

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