Now it’s time to install the wall bracket on the wall. This is obviously an important part, as this is where the structural integrity of the installation comes from. The first step is to figure out what height you want your TV at. Is there a right answer for how high you should mount it? NO! Again, after thousands of TV mountings everyone is all over the map with this question I have found. Some people like their TVs sky high, some like it low, and some like it in the middle. The usual conversation goes like this:
me: “how high would you like the TV”
client: “oh you’re the expert, what do you recommend?”
me: “well for comfort the recommended height is 42″ to the middle of the TV”
–proceeds to show how that would look like with a measuring tape —
client: “oh that’s much too low, can we bring it up?”
So really, just go by with what will look good and is comfortable to watch. The higher you put your TV the more your neck will suffer. The lower you put it, the more awkward it looks. Find a balance point right for you.
Moving on, say you find your sweet spot that puts the bottom of the TV at 40″ from the floor. Now we have to put the bracket on the wall that will get the TV to this height. My trick in doing this is to put the bracket on the back of the TV on the mounting arms. It doesn’t matter if you have a single stud mount, a fixed, tilting, or full motion mount. This will work. With the wall bracket on the back of the TV, measure from the bottom of the TV to the top of the wall bracket. Say this measure at 16″. Now we know the top of the wall bracket must go at 56″ above the floor to position the TV bottom at 40″. I find this way easier than using the templates and crazy measuring guides.
Measure from the bottom of the TV to the top of bracket to know exactly where to place your TV.
Mark on the wall where the top of the bracket must go (56″ in our case”). Now using the digital level, and our previous stud markings place the bracket on the wall. Position the top of the bracket with our height marker and make sure the mounting holes span two stud markings (if using a spanning bracket), or are on the center stud (using a center stud bracket). If using a spanning bracket try to position the center of the bracket with where you want the center of the TV. Usually brackets allow you to move the TV left and right a bit, but if you’re on an extreme then there might not be enough compensation for this to work.
Top of bracket is at the 56″ above the floor. We know this will put the bottom of the TV 40″ above the floor according to our calculation.
Place the digital level onto of the bracket and level out the bracket. Use a pencil to mark where the mounting holes on the bracket overlap the stud markings. Now we know exactly where to drill to ensure our TV is level, centered, and at the proper height.
With a level on top of the bracket, the top of the bracket at the mark we made, and the center (or close to) at the center of where we want the TV — this is where the bracket will go.
We trace inside the mounting holes on the bracket where they overlap with the stud markings we made earlier. We then mark out where we want to drill (at the center of the stud).
Your bracket should tell you the drill bit to use to drill a pilot hole into the wood. Follow their recommendation, as different brackets have different lag bolts they include (which need different pilot holes). Usually I just go with a 3/16″ bit, and drill down 2 inches or so — doesn’t really have to be exact nor perfect. Drill into the wood where you marked the overlaps in this step.
With the pilot holes drilled it’s time to attach the bracket onto the wall. Your bracket will have included lag bolts. Use the nut driver set to find which one fits onto your bolts, and attach the bit to the impact drill. Position the bracket as you had and drive the lag bolts in. Use the digital level at the end to make sure it’s still level. If not, back the bolts out a little bit so they are semi-tight and adjust the bracket. Drive them in again and recheck the level.
Congrats, the hard part is over.