Mounting a television is easy, remembering you also need to plug it in can be hard
TV’s are getting bigger, wall-mounting TV’s is becoming the norm and new smart features are proving consumers can get more from their flat-panel tv than ever before.
But researching and selecting the right size TV and cool features is the fun part. Getting the TV on the wall is usually a concern for ‘down the line’, and besides, with so many panels to choose from, the research to be done online can be almost endless.
The process of mounting most flat-panel televisions seems simple; select mount, find studs, affix mount to wall, hang television…right? Not always.
We are going to consider that you have already chosen your television size (there IS no magic number, but bigger is better), and features that include some online apps or content. And that your room is set in a way that will accommodate your lifestyle without a redesign.
First, and most important tip when deciding where to mount your TV? Where are the power outlets?
We come across this Every.Single.Time. we are consulting or performing an install. TV’s need power, and you can’t fish a TV plug down a wall. Protip: most don’t reach anyways, no matter which way you try.
This inconvenient fact can scuttle an install before it starts. Unless you are planning on having a licensed electrician add, move or re-wire a power outlet, there are a few options for getting power to your mounted television. But none of them look as good, or are as convenient, as having the outlet in the proper place behind the television. And if you do have a new outlet installed, use a recessed outlet.
Also, another thing to consider is where is the Satellite/Fibe/Cable outlets or wire? Again, you will need content and these services keep going up in price, so they need to work for you. Usually power outlets and service connections are grouped together in a room, but not always in the best position for your home theater vision. These cables need to be accessible from below or behind. If your TV is on the main floor and the cable connection comes up from the finished basement, the chances of relocation will be almost zero. Cables can’t be fished horizontally without opening the wall. It’s a simple fact that can’t be changed, but a good general contractor or drywall contractor can easily make repairs.
Now, moving on to hanging the television. 90 per cent of the time, wood studs are found easily and the mount can be put up no problem. But, some basements and most condos use steel studs. Steel studs need to be reinforced with plywood. It’s actually really, really easy to do, but first we need to know if there are steel studs so we can plan accordingly. The easiest way to tell is to do the ‘knock test’, drywall mounted to steel studs usually use less screws and give the effect of rattling or vibrating when knocked.
Lastly, you need to connect your Television and/or bluray player to the internet to enjoy all the latest online content and features. In order to do this, you need good bandwidth wireless internet. Test your internet connection speed. Speedtet.net is a great tool to verify your wireless bandwidth for streaming content.
So far, we have covered some basic and important steps to ensuring your TV or home theater install will start on the right foot and ensure a smooth process to completion. Next, the cables and connections you absolutely need to make it all work (on a budget).