girl measuing where she should hang tv wall mount

Your dad never had to go searching around for the right TV wall mount. When he was growing up, your grandparents had a cabinet TV.  It was so dignified, sitting there in its wood case. There had a presence – it really occupied its place in the room. It was furniture.

That old chestnut that dredges up memories of shag carpets and mothballs couldn’t be farther from the expansive, sleek, lightweight televisions mounted on our walls today, which provide exponentially more screen room with none of the footprint. Our TVs are part of the Internet of Things. You can watch in three dimensions.

The only thing is that you’ve got to somehow magically conjure the TV up onto that wall. Sound like a challenge? You’re not alone. We’ve gone ahead and asked our pros, and here are five ways not to mount your TV – because sometimes you don’t want to learn a lesson the hard way.

 

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Location, location, location

The first thing you want to consider when installing a TV wall mount is… well, location. There’s a lot to this one, from viewing angle and sun exposure, to where you’re going to keep your connected devices, to the location of the nearest power outlet (believe us, you don’t want to finish mounting your TV and then realize the plug won’t make it to the wall). Then there’s the issue of where all your cables are going to go – hanging cables can be an eyesore. It’s even a bad idea to mount your TV above a fireplace, as counter-intuitive as that might be.

 

man and woman hanging tv wall mount

girl hanging tv mount on wall

 

Don’t go in dry

Unless you’re ready to risk your new investment hitting the ground and see how it fares, this isn’t one of the things where you just want to wing it. Before mounting your TV, you want to know what you’re doing and what you need. Drill, the proper sized drill bit, screwdriver bit, and a stud finder are among the required supplies, and if you haven’t been doing a lot around the house lately, you might want to brush up on how to use them.

 

Load bearing walls

Speaking of walls, it would certainly be convenient if you could just drill a little hole into the sheet rock and hang that baby on up… but, you know – physics. Regular old drywall simply cannot support the weight of your new television, and despite what your friends might tell you, even if you use the world’s biggest anchor, it’s only a matter of time before humpty dumpty comes tumbling down, or whatever the kids are saying these days.

Sad as it may be, you’re going to absolutely need to find a stud to hang that television mount, or find a wall made out of something more substantial. We recommend that you speak to a professional (or at least really trust the person you ask at the hardware store) about the specifics of your situation before hanging your TV mount.

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two people hanging tv

 

Just the right mount

The last thing you want is to go through all the rigmarole of installing your TV mount, only to find that you will have to pull down your TV every time you want to access the ports. Or that for several hours each afternoon, the searing reflection of the sun threatens to scorch your innocent corneas. If you’re going to need a swiveling mount, make sure you know beforehand. Conversely, if you think you’d prefer a more stable mount, make sure that your ports are suitably situated before drilling into your wall.

You will need extra help to lift, and properly mount your TV to the wall mount.

Left to your own devices

This one doesn’t have to do with physically mounting your TV per se, but once you get that bad boy securely situated, you’re going to need to start coordinating and calibrating all your devices – cable, media player, video game consoles, smart home assistant, et cetera. We aren’t going to lie – there will be remotes. Many of them. You’ll see enough triple A batteries to last you a lifetime. You’ll spend endless minutes scrolling through options and selecting languages. You might not know what you’re doing, but the textbook-sized instruction manual will be menacing enough to keep you at bay. Maybe your instincts are good. Maybe you’ve got a tech-savvy friend. Or maybe…

Puls can be there within an hour

You can order a certified technician to your home in minutes, simply by selecting your TV size, your location, and the time frame that suits you best. The technician can install your TV mount and configure all relevant devices professionally, without you having to do a thing. No need to worry about having the tools or know-how. Your Saver will bring all that with them – they can even provide the TV wall mount.

Or, if you prefer, you can purchase one yourself and simply have your technician perform the general installation. And if you want to take credit for installing your TV wall mount yourself, well, your secret is safe with us. Just like your TV.

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