If you don’t have any studs on your wall or just don’t want to use them, but you are keen on saving some space by mounting your TV on the wall, you may wonder if it’s possible. Can you mount a TV without studs?
You can mount a TV without studs using anchors, toggle anchors, mounting plates, ceiling mounts, and other mounting options. Of course, you have to keep your TV’s size and weight in mind and choose the right option.
Mounting a TV without studs can be daunting. So, if you want to know which of the mentioned options is the best one for you, as well as how your home and TV will affect your decision, read on and find out more.
Use Toggle Anchors or Molly Bolts
One of the simplest ways to hang something on the wall without using studs is by using anchors. Anchors come in different shapes and sizes, and they perform different tasks, but the point is that they will keep the screws that attach the mount securely tied to the wall while still not damaging your wall or using studs at all.
A good option for the purpose of mounting a TV on the wall without studs are toggle anchors. They go straight through your wall and anchor themselves at the back. The toggle part at the end prevents them from loosening up no matter what kind of force is placed, so they are a sturdy option for mounting a TV on the wall.
They cause the entire wall to resist the force placed by the weight of the TV and thus, the core of your wall won’t crumble because of it.
Molly bolts are another good option, although they are a bit more complicated to install. If presented with the choice, go for pointed molly bolts, which are far easier to install and don’t require you to create an installation hole first, as opposed to non-pointed ones.
They also anchor to the back of the wall and they will be great at carrying the weight of your TV.
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How to Mount a TV Using Anchors
To mount a TV with anchors, you first need to know how heavy the TV is and pick anchors accordingly. You can find out about the weight of your TV by looking it up online, looking at its box or manual, finding out online, etc.
Once you know the weight of the TV and pick the anchors properly, you can move on to looking at your wall. You should find a spot that is in the eye-level and that is hollow — without studs. Check with your landlord whether you can do this if you rent.
- Purchase a mount that you want to use. Again, be sure that the mount works with your TV when it comes to size and weight.
- Press the mount to the TV and mark the spots where the anchors will go through the holes.
- Drill into the wall — there should be several anchors and you should attach the plywood or metal mounting plate to the wall. Toggle anchors are a good idea in this case, but you can also use molly bolts.
- Cut the plywood to the desired size before attaching it to the wall. Take the size of your TV into consideration.
- Replace the toggles with screws and then attach the plywood, tightening the screws to the wall and plywood properly.
- Screw the TV bracket to the plywood as well. Make sure that the screws you get can work with the mount that you purchased.
- Attach the TV to the brackets. Get someone to help if the TV is too heavy, or you just can’t see if you’re doing it properly.
- Hook everything up so that the TV can work and check the mount one more time, making sure that everything works well. Tighten anything that needs to be tightened.
After that, you can check if the angle works for you. If you have purchased a tilting mount, you can position it carefully at the angle that you like. A good recommendation is to hide all the cables behind the mounted TV to keep the area around it tidy and your viewing experience pleasurable.
If it helps, take a look at this video which can show you a step-by-step process of mounting a TV without studs:
Consider Adding a Mounting Plate
A mounting plate can be a good choice as well, and it can be used together with the anchors. Mounting plates are usually made of metal, but they can also be made with plywood. This can help your anchors carry the TV with more ease and it can provide you with an opportunity to add more anchors, making it a more secure mount.
The mounting plate doesn’t look that aesthetically appealing, though, especially if it turns out bigger than your TV. If you want to go for an optimal aesthetic effect, you may want to consider a mounting plate that’s smaller than your TV and choose one in color and style that works well with the look of your room.
Mount Your TV From the Ceiling
This may not be the most commonly used option, but it can give your room a sophisticated effect and it doesn’t include the usage of studs. The installation may be a bit more labor-intensive and technical than you want it to be.
If your ceiling has beams, you can use those to mount your TV. Joists work just as well. In fact, both of these perform the same job in the mounting process that studs do; only you won’t actually use studs. Consider the height of your ceiling and the weight of your TV in this case. If your ceiling is really high, it might not be worth installing a TV this way.
Check your beams or joists to see whether how long the screws you will use have to be.
Important Things to Keep in Mind When Mounting Your TV Without Studs
There are several important points to take into account if you are to mount your TV without studs.
- The weight of your TV. 32-inch screens usually weigh up to 30 pounds (13kg), so pick anchors that can take that weight. This is usually specified on the package when you buy them or by the salesperson in the store. Check the weight of your TV before purchasing anchors.
- The condition of your wall. Your wall should be in a good state if any of these methods are to work. If your wall is all but falling apart, it would be unsafe to mount. Make the necessary fixes before you mount the TV.
- The quality of the mount. Mounts usually can fit in with any TV. But, they do have specifications for the size and weight that they can take. Consider this before purchasing a TV mount.
- The type of the mount. Anchor mounting can work with both fixed and moving mounts for TVs. It’s up to you to choose which one works best for you. Keep in mind that movement adds more weight, so anchors might not be the best choice, but they could work if you add the mounting plate.
Mounting a TV without using studs is more than possible. By using some of these simple methods, you can save space by mounting your TV and save your wall at the same time. Of course, take the mentioned points into consideration, especially the weight of your TV and the type of mount you will get.
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Jason is a home theater expert with over 10 years of experience in setting up home cinema rooms and systems. What started out as a hobby soon transformed him into an authority in the audio-visual field. He is passionate about providing readers with accurate and up-to-date information on the latest audiovisual technologies and their applications for home theaters. Read more about Jason.