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 eliminating bulky entertainment consoles while 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 look at how to mount a tv on the wall without studs.

Can I Mount a TV Without Studs?

Wall studs are standing pieces of wood that support your walls. The 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 worry that you cannot install your television on your wall because there are no wall studs, you can relax. However, it is necessary to note that before you embark on any DIY work, take all measures to prevent damaging your home’s structure. With that in mind, Let’s dive in and learn how to mount a TV on a wall without studs.

1. Anchors

An anchor is the first method to mount your tv on a wall without studs. The anchors prevent destroying the wall and limit screws from falling out of the holes in the wall.

  • 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.
  • Mark the location you wish your TV to go to and ensure it is at eye level.
  • 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.
  • Measure the area you are located in to ensure everything is in order.
  • Drill into the wall where the mounting plate or plywood will be attached.
  • Secure the screw of the wall mounting bracket carefully and tightly.

2. Toggle Anchors or Molly Bolts

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The other wall mounting option is toggle anchors or pointed molly bolts/non-pointed bolts.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on installing the toggle anchor to mount a tv using the toggle bolts. This will determine whether you will need to predrill a hole or not.
  • Insert the anchor and, if need be, use a small block of wood and a hammer to tap the bolt in the wall.
  • Once you have them on the wall, you can attach them to your TV’s back.
  • Using molly bolts will also work perfectly for a no-studs TV mount. Practically, these are slightly harder to use, unlike other drywall anchors, but they are sturdy and best suited for a medium to heavy load.
  • Once the molly bolt has been securely anchored, you can remove 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.

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To use this mounting option:

  • You must first locate the perfect position to set your tv.
  • Mark the place using a pencil or tape.
  • Secure the mounting plate into the drywall using a nail and a hammer.
  • You could also use anchors to install the mounting plate.
  • You can now hand the TV from the wall plate when that is done.

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 complicated than the other methods 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, size of the TV and the ceiling’s height. To mount, follow the steps below:

  • Locate the beams or joists,
  • 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

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Using anchors and mounting plates isis the most effective way 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 small 32-inch tv weighs between 25 to 30 lbs, meaning that a large television will weigh. 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 flimsy or light. If the wall you will be using needs repairs, do it beforehand. Remember that flimsy walls may bend under the weight of your TV and even break at some point.

3. The Mount’s Overall Quality

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Before mounting your TV, you must know the right mount for your tv. 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; 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 a chance to adjust the vertical angle of the mounted TV.

Generally, toggle bolts and other wall anchors should not be used with full-motion mounts. Mounts with 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

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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 place you want to mount your tv.

Conclusion on How to Mount a Tv on the Wall without Studs

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If you want a safe and secure mount for your tv on a wall with no studs, you could use either of the abovementioned methods. The good thing is that the items required to mount to do the job 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.

Frequently Asked Questions on How to Mount a Tv on the Wall without Studs

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1. How Should you mount a TV on a Hollow Wall?

To mount a TV on a hollow wall, you need to use a wall mount specifically designed for this purpose. You can use toggle bolts or molly bolts to secure the mount to the wall. First, mark the position on the wall where you want to mount the TV.

Then, use a stud finder to locate any studs behind the wall. If no studs exist, use the toggle or molly bolts to attach the mount to the wall. Ensure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and use the appropriate hardware for the weight of your TV.

2. How Do You Mount a TV on Wood Panels without Studs?

To mount a TV on wood panels without studs, you can use toggle bolts or molly bolts to attach the mount to the wood panel. First, mark the position on the panel where you want to mount the TV. Then, use a drill to make a pilot hole at the marked position.

Next, insert the toggle or molly bolt into the pilot hole and tighten it until it is securely fastened to the wood panel. Finally, attach the mount to the bolt using the appropriate hardware.

3. How Do you Mount a TV on the Wall if the Studs are too far apart?

If the studs on the wall are too far apart, you can use a mount specifically designed for this situation. These mounts typically have multiple attachment points, allowing you to secure the mount to several studs simultaneously.

If it’s not an option, you can use toggle or molly bolts to attach the mount to the wall. Ensure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and use the appropriate hardware for the weight of your TV.

4. Is it Safe to Mount a TV on drywall?

Mounting a TV on drywall can be safe if done correctly. However, using the appropriate hardware and following the manufacturer’s instructions carefully is important. If the TV is heavy, it is recommended to mount it to a stud or use a mount specifically designed for mounting on drywall.

Toggle bolts or molly bolts can also be used, but make sure to use the appropriate size and weight capacity for your TV. Additionally, it is important to ensure the mount is securely attached to the wall and that the TV is balanced correctly and leveled.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

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