Entertainment centers are great, but when you don't have much space to spare, they're a bit unnecessary. For confined rooms, consider hanging your flat-screen TV on the wall! It's surprisingly easy to do, and with the cords threaded through the wall, there's no visual clutter. Check out our instructions below to learn how to wall-mount your TV this weekend.
What You Need
- In-wall cable management system (we used the DIY single outlet version from PowerBridge)
- Universal TV mounting kit
- Stud finder
- Drywall knife or box cutter
- Measuring tape
- Steel fish tape
Step 1: Find Placement on Wall
Using stud finder or drill, locate studs in the wall to mount the back half of the TV bracket. Mark where you will pre-drill holes into studs. Wait until you have completed steps 2-4 before securing the wall-mount TV bracket.
Step 2: Cut Hole in Wall
Once you've marked where the wall portion of the TV mount will be, you'll need to determine where your cable management outlets will be. Mark a spot for the hole inside your mounting bracket, using a template made from the dimensions of the outlet box that will go into the wall. Mark another hole the same size 12 inches up from the ground, directly below the first hole. Using a drywall knife, cut out the holes.
Step 3: Run Cables Through Wall
Feed the steel fish tape through the top hole until you can reach it from the lower hole and pull it through. Secure the cords to the fish tape and wind the tape back into the coil, drawing the cords up to the higher hole.
Step 4: Install Cable Management Boxes
Once the cables are run through the upper and lower holes in the wall, fish them through the "brush" portion of the box and secure the box into the wall with screws provided.
Once the cables are run through their respective boxes, reconnect them to the TV.
Step 5: Attach and Finish
Attach the wall mount to the wall in pre-marked location. Attach the TV portion of mounting bracket to the back of the TV in designated holes already on the TV. Attach the TV bracket to the wall mount.
Note: Aim to install at least two screws into a wall stud to make sure your wall-mount TV bracket is secure.