As much as Modern TVs have tried to cut on the designs as much as possible, they remain to be fragile. Additionally, they are heavy items with pointy parts so the last thing you’d want is for your TV to fall on you or even worse, your kid.
The point I’m trying to make here is that even with a TV stand, your TV is not completely secure. Because of this, you must know how to prop up a TV without a stand. By earning how to do this on your own, you will avoid unnecessary expenses as compared to having it done by an expert.
In this section, we’re going to look at ways you can prop it up on a wall. This should not only secure your TV but it will save you a lot of space as well.
Let’s get started.
How to prop up a TV without a stand ?
Once you have settled for the style you are most comfortable with, here’s how you should go about when mounting it on the wall.
Determine the suitable height
It normally takes 3 people to position the TV. One who’ll be viewing it and determine the suitable height and the other two who’ll be doing all the heavy lifting.
You don’t the TV positioned too high especially if you using a low-profile mount. This could result in you having a sore neck or an unclear picture. From y personal experience, it’s great that you have the TV at eye level when seated or even a bit lower. This way, the eye level is centered at the top 2/3 portion of the TV.
As much as eye positioning is critical, there isn’t a correct height. It all depends on the room and the size of the TV.
All in all, once you have the height determined, mark the TV location. The marking should then be reinforced with tape on the top and bottom edge. You could use a level to ensure the TV will not be tilted once mounted.
Fine-tune the location
The next thing you’ll want to do is mount the wall plates on the TV brackets. Once you’ve done this, measure the distance from the right edge of the TV to the bracket and do the same for the left edge.
Next, transfer the measurements to the wall on both the right and left side of the markings you’ve made. No need to have the mount completely centered since most wall plates give you an allowance of a few inches on the right and left.
Mounting the TV on the wall.
Most people could end up trying the installation a few times before getting things right. To avoid wasting time and a wall full of screw holes, here’s how you should do the installation:
- Using the instructions available, screw the brackets on the TV.
- Next, hang the wall plate on the brackets so that the while mount is attached to the TV
- You’ll then have to prop the TV against the wall. Next, note the distance between the bottom of the TV to the middle of each row of the mounting holes at the backplate.
- Similarly, measure the distance on the wall up from the tape then mark at the stud locations. Again, ensure the marks are perfectly horizontal.
- Lastly, drill holes on the marks made. These should be smaller than the lag screws. If no lag screw was included, get the recommended size at a hardware store.
- Once you have drilled the holes, you can then screw the plate on the wall using a ratchet wrench and a socket.
The type of mount to settle for
There are a lot of makes and models of wall mounts but even with all the variations, there are just 3 basic styles. With either of these three different styles, you will get different adjustment options for your TV. At the end of the day, it all comes down to whether you can be able to get the desired level of viewing comfort or not.
At the same time, compatibility should be a priority. Most flat-screen TVs can be mounted on the wall but even so, this needs to be verified. To do this, look for the Video Electronics Standard Association on the user manual or the TV. By looking at the VESA number, you should then go ahead and look for a TV mount with a similar VESA number.
That being said, let’s look at the different profile mounts.
The low profile mounts
Otherwise known as the basic mount designs. These are designed to have the TV as close to the wall as possible. This, as expected should be ideal if you want to have it pose less of an obstacle in high traffic areas.
More importantly, the low-profile mounts, in my opinion, are the best when safety is a priority since they reduce the odds of the TV being bruised or damaged. As a general rule of thumb, more expensive mounts hold the TV ½” from the wall and the average priced ones about 1-1/2”
On the downside:
Even as secure as they are, they don’t allow for tilting or any other kind of adjustment. This, should therefore not be a priority if you plan to have the TV far above the eye level.
The tilting mounts.
To get the best of both worlds- adjustability, and security, these should do the trick. With one of these, you can have the TV above eye level and change the angle to what suits you best. As far as price is concerned, the more expensive they are, the more adjustments you can make and vice versa.
Full motion mounts
With a full-motion mount, the TV can be tilted, swiveled, panned or extended. In a nutshell, you can make 3D adjustments once you have one of these. This makes it quite easy to get a comfortable position but, on the downside, they could easily compromise the security of the TV.
How to prop up a TV without a stand should now be easier. From the above guide, you should be able to do everything to end up with a well-secured TV without creating an unnecessary mess or taking too much time. At the same time, you must be keen on which mount will work best for you based on your priorities.