how to mount a tv on the wall without studs

How To Mount A TV On The Wall Without Studs Securely

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Mounting a television on the wall helps save space by getting rid of bulky entertainment consoles while still providing a more organized setting. In most cases, TV mounts are designed for drywall, though naturally, they require studs to do the work. Of course, depending on your home's construction and design, the wall you choose for your TV may not have studs, but the good news is you could still mount your TV. In this write-up, we will read up on how to mount a tv on the wall without studs. Read on to learn more.

Can I Mount a TV Without Studs?

Wall studs are standing pieces of wood that support your walls. Drywall is somewhat brittle, so mounting your TV on drywall alone could mean making a hole in the wall. The studs will deliver a sturdy anchor point, guaranteeing that your mount and TV stay in place. Nevertheless, there is still a way you could mount a tv without studs despite hollow walls.

So if you are worrying that you will not be able to install your television on your wall because there are no wall studs, there is no need to worry. However, it is necessary to note that before you embark on any DIY work, ensure you have taken all measures that do not damage your home structure. With that in mind, Let's dive in and learn how you can mount a TV on a wall without studs.

1. Anchors

The first method you could use to mount your tv on a wall without studs is by using an anchor. The anchors prevent destroying the wall and limit screws from falling out of the holes in the wall. Additionally, this method will provide a secure mounting for your tv screen, and it is super easy to install by yourself.

First, you will need to know the size and weight of the tv you want to mount and then select the position you want to mount it. Next, create a mark on the location you want your TV to go to and ensure it is at eye level. Then remove the mount from the box and secure the brackets to your television. After you have gathered the components of your TV bracket, you can fasten it to the TV with the screws.

When that is done, measure the area you are located in to ensure everything is in order. Then drill into the wall where the mounting plate or plywood will be attached. Next, secure the Screw of the TV bracket carefully and tightly.

Lastly, you could now secure the tv mount to the plywood using the proper screws. Then attach everything carefully, tighten everything, and check that everything is working well. If everything is set, you can tilt the TV to the angle of your liking.

2. Toggle Anchors or Molly Bolts

The other wall mounting option would be toggle anchors or pointed molly bolts/non-pointed molly bolts. The toggle anchors/toggle bolts resemble regular screws, but they have a butterfly toggle at the end. Once placed on a wall, the toggle anchors will attach to the back of the drywall.

Pulling at the toggle anchor, or otherwise applying outward force, has little effect, as the toggle causes the drywall to respond, rather than just the crumbly center. Therefore it’s the distinction between removing the entire wall and removing a single screw. This, therefore, means that a toggle anchor or a toggle bolt is a great way to hang a TV without studs.

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To mount a tv using the toggle bolts, you will first need to ensure that you follow the manufactures instructions on how to install the toggle anchor. This will determine whether you will need to predrill a hole or not. Then yopu will need to insert the anchor and, if need be, use a small block of wood and hammer to tap the bolt in the wall. Once you have them on the wall, you can attach them to the back of your tv.

Using molly bolts will also work perfectly for a no-studs TV mount. The molly bolts combine ease of installation with greater strength. The good bit is that they come in different sizes, and you will find some that can hold up to 50 lbs. Practically, these are slightly harder to use, unlike other drywall anchors, but they are sturdy and best suited for a medium to heavy load.

The molly bolts come in two variations: pointed and non-pointed. The pointed molly bolts usually have a sharp tip that allows you t install them using a hammer, whereas a non-pointed molly bolt will need to be installed by first drilling a hole on the wall, which makes it a better option for plaster walls.

Molly bolts remain delicate when left untightened, but once tightened in the walls, the sleeves extend, forming an anchor to the back of your wall just like the toggle anchors do. Once the molly bolt has been securely anchored, you can get rid of the screw and substitute it with the screws for your TV wall mount. This way, you can hang your tv with much ease.

3. Mounting Plates

Using mounting plates is another popular option that you could use. Mounting plates are typically positioned behind the television and are attached to the wall using anchor screws. A mounting plate provides a solid surface to secure your television wall mount. It also makes the TV more stable since it provides several anchor points across the wall, distributing its weight evenly.

Man Fitting Bracket For Flat Screen TV Onto Wall

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The only issue that most people have with the mounting plate is that it does not fit the aesthetics of most living spaces since the mounting plate is visible behind the tv. Therefore most people opt to paint the mounting plates to match their walls. Alternatively, you could opt to get a mounting plate smaller than the tv, which will remain concealed behind the tv after installation.

To use this mounting option, you will first need to locate the perfect position to set your tv. Then mark the place using a pencil or a tape. Next, secure the mounting plate into the drywall using a nail and a hammer. You could also use anchors to install the mounting plate. When that is done, you can now hand the TV from th wall plate.

4. Ceiling Mounts

having the TV hanging from the ceiling is not a popular option for most people, but it is a method that looks classy and does not require studs. The installation process may be more time-consuming and abit complicated than the other methods we have mentioned. However, if the ceiling has beams, they will help mount and simplify the process.

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Typically the beams function equally well as the studs in the mounting process. Before you begin, you will need to check the weight and size of the TV and the ceiling’s height. To mount, you will first locate the beams or joists

It won’t be worth it to install the TV in this way if the ceiling is too high. First, Decide the type of ceiling mount you will be using. Then check your joists or beams to determine the length of the screws you’ll be using. Screw the mount into the ceiling and connect the clamps to the television, then screw the clamps to the base of the mount. When that is done, you can mount the TV and enjoy watching.

Important Things to Recall While Mounting the Television without Studs

Using anchors and mounting plates are the most effective ways to keep your TV wall mounts in place when the walls do not have studs. You may have the strongest wall anchors and carry out the process to detail, but you will need to recall some of the following details during the installation process:

1. TV’s Weight

You need to ensure that the wall anchors you choose can handle the weight and size of your TV. The weight of every TV varies from model to model, but typically, an average 32-inch tv weighs between 25 to 30 lbs, meaning that a large television will weigh more. Therefore, you must check the anchor's load capacity based on the tv's weight.

Besides, it is soundest to exercise vigilance when lifting your television. A flat-screen TV can also have considerable weight; hence, having a pal to help you with the mounting process is recommended.

2. Be Aware of Your Wall’s Condition

When choosing the wall you want to mount your TV, you want to be aware of the condition of the wall. You need to pick the strongest wall that does not appear to be flimsy or light. If the wall you will be using needs some repairs, do it beforehand. Keep in mind that flimsy walls may bend under the weight of your TV and even break at some point.

3. The Mount’s Overall Quality

Before mounting your TV, you will require to know the right amount for your tv. The Mount of the mount is usually compatible with any TV. However, you need to get the best quality you can get. This will not only guarantee secure mounting but will also prevent your wall from getting damaged.

You will first need to know the size and weight of your television to get the appropriate amount for the tv. For instance, a wall mount for a 40-inch TV would not adequately support the weight and dimensions of a 65-inch TV. Remember that picking the wrong mount could cause your monitor to crash to the floor and a damaged wall.

4. Consider the Mount Type

There are different mount types for walls without studs, and you need to know which style works best for you. Most anchor options for walls with no suds work best with tilting and fixed mounts. Fixed mounts are stationary and are usually set at a particular position. On the other hand, tilting mounts will give you the chance to adjust the vertical angle of the mounted TV.

Generally, toggle bolts and other wall anchors are not supposed to be used with full-motion mounts. Mounts that are arms and swivels allow total angle adjustments and naturally add more weight. Remember the constant movement that modifying or adjusting the mounted TV can increase stress on your anchor points and the wall itself.

5. Choose the Correct TV Position

Before mounting your television, you must pick the ideal position and wall. Ideally, the tv should be in a central; location with ample space and seating. Again you need to select a potion with access to a power outlet.

In addition to that, you will need to choose the right height. Typically the center of the TV screen should be close to your eye level while sitting. To get the perfect height position, you could use a second helper to check the angle and comfort as you hold the tv in the position you want to mount your tv.


If you want a safe and secure mount for your tv on a wall with no studs, you could use either of the aforementioned methods. The good thing is that the items required to mount to get the job done can be found in hardware stores or near the area where picture-hanging hardware is sold. Moreover, the items come in different sizes, so it is easy to find based on the size and weight of your TV.

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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.