This is how I mounted our tv to the wall. This was my first time doing this! If I can do it, you can do it! There are also 1 minute videos at the end if that helps.
Our 12-year-old tv broke and wouldn’t turn on anymore so we bought a new one! Marcello and I didn’t realize how prices have dropped over the last decade and so naturally the kids inside us bought the biggest one! This LG 70-inch tv was $600 on sale at Target and the picture is great.
This is the mount system I used.
- tape measure
- 7/32″ wood drill bit
- stud finder
- socket wrench
- painter’s tape (optional)
First I found the studs. There are fancy models but I have this simple magnet stud finder that finds the nails.
After I marked them with tape, I decided exactly where I wanted the tv to hang and taped it too so I could visualize.
I attached the two brackets to the tv.
This is how it attaches to the wall. I’m testing it and measuring how far the plate is from the top of the tv so I can mark it on the wall.
When you know where you want your plate to go pre-drill the wall with a 7/32” wood drill bit. And use a socket wrench to anchor the bolts to the studs. It’s not going anywhere!
Obviously it’s important to follow the directions carefully with a heavy tv.
I took the stands off the bottom.
Hiding the cords
How to hide your tv cords behind the wall. It’s easier than you think!
I bought this cord concealer kit ($20) and it comes with a saw attachment.
We’ll be cutting two holes and feeding cords behind the drywall. This is what it will look like when you’re done.
First I plugged in everything to the tv (for us, a DVD player and Roku). And then I grouped them with electrical tape in a few places. Only low voltage cords are recommended.
Attach the saw and cut behind where the tv will go and one behind where your console will go. Make sure the cords will be long enough in advance! Place the top cover on.
I also cut a hole on the back of my cabinet for cords. This is the Ikea Besta series. I bought two and put them together.
It works great to put all the kids puzzles and games with lots of pieces. That way they can play them on the coffee table and then put them back when they’re done.
When we hung the tv we poked all the cords in the top hole.
They dropped down and were super easy to pull out the bottom. Put the final cover on and plug everything in.
I used a small piece of Velcro to keep the Roku device from hanging down (that little black box under the tv.
My next blog post will be how I framed it and put a painting on folding doors!
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