We have had our 55″ flat screen TV for several years now and I have always wanted to mount it, and hide the cords inside the wall for a clean look. I never really pursued it because I thought I would have to hire an electrician ($$$) to do the job, and cutting holes in the wall made me a little nervous. However, after a little research, an awesome already-made electrical kit, and a how-to video, I felt confident to give it a try! I am so glad I did! I will show you how I did it and also give you the links of the materials I used. Seriously guys, you can do this in a couple of hours! Just make sure you get someone to help you lift the TV 🙂 Doesn’t it look nice?? I wish I had done it years ago!
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I will start with the wall mount bracket. This is the wall mount that I used. It’s a fixed low profile wall mount. I didn’t really need the TV to move or tilt and I wanted it to be as close to the wall as possible. The instructions in the package are pretty good too! What I like most about this bracket is that it can span two studs and allow the television to mount anywhere within the width of the bracket. This is important because the studs in the wall weren’t exactly centered (are they ever??).
I started by choosing where I wanted the TV to be on the wall and marking the studs using a stud finder. I used a level and pencil-marked where the screws would go in. Be very accurate and make sure you hang it leveled or else your TV will ne crooked. No bueno.
I drilled pilot holes first, then I attached the bracket with the screws provided with the TV wall mount into the wall studs.
Once the bracket was on I was ready to take care of the cord situation. This is the most exciting part! I used this kit from Amazon to hide the cords. I also watched this video to help me with the installation. I’m telling ya, the video is the bomb! although the background music is a little annoying 🙂
To hide your cords you will be making two holes in your wall (ahhhhh!) , one right behind the TV (where the TV will plug in) and another directly below it close to an electrical outlet. The kit comes with a template. Make sure the spot you choose is between two studs.
Use a drywall saw or utility knife to cut around it. This is the one I used.
Then cut another hole directly under it. Remember to cut the holes in between the studs!
Now you will be threading your cables in through the top hole and out through the bottom hole. The cables will come through the wall plate. Attach the wall plate to cover the holes. Both wall plates are also included in the kit.
Attach the brackets to the back of the TV. The brackets come with the TV mount. All flat screen TVs have holes already on the back. The TV mount comes with different size screws. Choose the ones that fit your TV and screw them in. Make sure they are on tight! This is what’s going to hook onto the wall mount!
Now you are ready to put the TV up! Make sure you plug in all of your cords to the back of the TV before you put it up and also plug in the TV to the top outlet. Once all of your bottom cords are plugged in to all of your devices you are ready to watch TV.
Not scary at all!!! I super recommend you watch the video a few times before you install the electrical kit.
I hope this motivates you to get that TV up on the wall and those cords hidden!! Here are some more pics of the finished product! No cords! Yay!
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