How To Install a TV Wall Mount

A little while back when I had the Sanus wall mount giveaway, they offered me a mount as well. Which I happily accepted. It is full motion and tiltable– so cool! They said there was an easy 1, 2, 3 install process and I decided to put that to the test.

So here’s how it went, in picture progression:

On the instructions is a link to an under 5 minute install video, and you should totally watch it. It explains that the mount is universal and you are going to have far more screws and pieces then you actually need.

In instructions is a link to an under 5 minute install video, and you should totally watch it. It explains that the mount is universal and you are going to have far more screws and pieces then you actually need.

add brackets to tv

Once you’ve figured out what type of tv back you have (ours is flat), you can install the brackets accordingly. Don’t forget to account for where you will need to plug in your power cord and cables… we forgot. And then when we were completely done with the whole thing we had to take it down and adjust the brackets (which only took about 2 minutes, but was still very frustrating).

attach plate to wall

Installing the plate on the wall was by far the most challenging part of this, because we are absolutely deficient at centering things and keeping them level. Basically, we decided that visually the tv needed to be centered with the window sill. But the studs were not cooperating with that plan, so we attached the plate off center and then attached the mount off center on the plate but on center with the window sill. Does that make sense to you? That little pointy part above is the only part the tv actually hangs off of.

Once you’ve got the plate on the wall, and the mount attached to that, you hang your tv off that little arrow part, level it 700 times, then use one screw to attach the brackets on your tv to the wall mount.

wall mounted tv

The whole process took about 2 hours, because we had trouble figuring out where to put the plate and where on earth the studs were. But in the end, it looks freaking awesome and is a far safer option then having it propped up on old shelves behind a speaker.

My biggest tips would be to measure a million times and just drill once and also to check that things are level at every step of that game. But really, Sanus made it super easy and anyone can do this. You will need a second set of hands though.

We do plan on hiding the wires, but in the next few months we’re going to be installing a floor in the basement and to do so we’re going to have to move everything- so beautifying the room will come after that.

Thanks Sanus!!

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