Tips for Wall Mounting Flatscreen Televisions
PUBLISHED: Monday, March 22, 2021

Tips for Wall Mounting Flatscreen Televisions

As flatscreen displays get increasingly larger in size—85 inches now being a relatively common form factor—wall mounting is quickly becoming more of a necessity than a convenience. Televisions that approach the 100-inch mark take up too much floor space for freestanding solutions to be practical in most homes, and manufacturers seem to have taken notice; there are precious few stands or consoles that support such monstrous panels. On the other hand, while flatscreen TVs have gotten much lighter in relation to their respective sizes, wall mounting very large examples can be difficult because of both their weight and unwieldiness. What follows here is a quick look at some of the most common questions and concerns that come with anchoring large displays to a wall.

Can My Walls Hold This Much Weight?

One of the first questions you need to deal with prior to wall mounting is, “Can my walls actually hold the weight of my television?” For sets under 50 inches, the answer to that question is almost always “yes”—regardless of the material composition of the interior walls. This is because sets under the 50-inch mark are typically light enough to mount directly to the drywall (with toggles to distribute the weight, of course), which has the least weight-bearing potential of materials commonly used in residential construction. Larger displays are too heavy for drywall and toggles alone, though; they absolutely require a structural mounting point like the framing studs behind drywall sections or masonry (brick, stone, or concrete block) walls. That will often limit where in your home you can hang a large display—there might not be any desirable locations that work—but almost all dwellings will have some amount of wall space that can technically accommodate the size and weight of larger televisions.

Will I Need Any Special Tools or Knowledge?

In short, yes. If you aren’t comfortable working with handheld power tools and a tape measure, you should absolutely enlist the services of a professional installer. That’s doubly true for masonry surfaces; brick, concrete, and stone can all be broken very easily when drilling or driving bolts into them, and none are easily or conveniently repaired. If you’re going to need a professional either way, it’ll be significantly cheaper for the new installation than a structural repair.

Those of you who feel handy enough to tackle the job should have a few basic tools and fittings on hand. You’ll need a drill, preferably one that’s cordless and has an adjustable clutch to facilitate use as a screw gun, as well as appropriately sized bits. If you’re drilling into a stone surface, then you’ll need masonry bits and a drill with an appropriate torque setting. It’ll also be helpful to have a stepped drill bit on hand in case you need to add new holes to your chosen wall mount. Most critically, you’re going to need at least one helper who can lift and maneuver upwards of 100 pounds confidently.

Clearly, there are several concerns when it comes to setting up a large-format HDTV in your home. This is only intended to address a select number of the questions that prospective owners ask most frequently, not function as a comprehensive guide to mounting flatscreen televisions on all vertical surfaces. If you have additional concerns or think the job is beyond your skill level, don’t hesitate to contact a professional.