Mounting a TV can be a pain, but the resulting aesthetic is worth it. This is not a one-person job, so be sure to have an extra set of hands. It’s also a good idea to speak to your apartment manager beforehand— they will let you know which walls have been reinforced and are suitable for mounting. Here are the steps you need to take to complete this task successfully:
First, buy your TV mounting kit. It’s best to find one that is the same brand as your TV, but if that isn’t a possibility make sure to buy one that will support the TV’s shape and weight. If you have a question regarding the suitability of your kit, speak to the representative at the store. In addition, you will need the following tools:
- Power drill and bits
- Stud finder
- Tape measure
- Socket wrench
2. Prep your TV
Unpack the television from its box, including all of the cables, remotes, brackets, and instructions that accompanied it. Don’t remove the protective wrapping on the TV just yet. Remove the base of the TV, if it has one, and lay it face down on a blanket. Next, attach the brackets to the back of the TV. Find the holes on the back of your set and remove plastic caps if necessary. Match them up with your brackets and make sure they’re facing the correct way. Screw in the bolts supplied in your kit firmly.
3. Put the Mounting Bracket on the Wall
After you choose the location you want your TV to sit, mark the wall with a pencil and your level. You’ll want to choose a location that is close to a power source. In order to keep your television secure, install the wall mount into a pair of studs. If you attempt to put screws in drywall alone, it will not withstand the weight of your TV. After finding the studs, use a level and mark them with a pencil so your TV will be mounted straight.
4. Drill and Mount
Drill pilot holes into the wall and be careful to match the drill bit with the pattern on your bracket. Your holes should be a little smaller than the bolts. Line up your mounting bracket and screw it into the pilot holes using your socket wrench.
5. Secure and Hang
Lift the TV and secure the mounting arms to the wall bracket. Be sure the bracket is safely secured before letting go of the TV. Finally, enjoy your new TV!
This step-by-step guide will make mounting your TV a breeze. When you leave your rental, be sure to fill in, sand and repaint the holes left by the screws.