How to Mount a TV on a Wall without Drilling

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Mounting a TV on a wall commonly requires drilling screws or plugs for security. Sometimes, this isn’t an option. Perhaps you don’t want to put holes in the wall, and would rather mount the TV using a less invasive method.

Drilling is the easiest way to mount a TV, but it also causes the most damage to the wall. Fortunately, other methods can be used, which combine security with convenience.

I’ll be honest with you, mounting a TV without drilling is not the easiest task to undertake. Nevertheless, by following the instructional steps in this article and taking your time, it’s achievable, and you don’t need to be a D.I.Y expert!

Method 1: Adhesives

TVs are fairly lightweight these days, so they don’t require the strength of screws to securely mount onto a wall. One of the most effective alternatives to drilling is using strong adhesives.

High-strength adhesives come in two forms: glues and tapes. Indeed, their main purpose is to secure lighter items like picture frames, clocks, or mirrors to a wall. Due to their exceptional strength, many adhesives can also be used for mounting TVs.

Before we get into the step-by-step guide, the adhesive you choose must be strong enough and suitable for mounting a TV. Some adhesive tapes can hold up to 60lbs! With many options out there, you must ensure that you choose a capable adhesive to protect your TV from potential damage.

The first thing you need to do once you’ve chosen a high-strength, suitable adhesive, is to take care of the wall where you intend to mount the TV. Measure your TV, and outline its position on the wall before starting. Ensure that it’s level and that you’re happy with the positioning.

Next, it’s time to clean the wall thoroughly. How you do this will depend on the material of your wall, but generally, giving it a gentle wipe with a cloth will remove any dust so that the adhesive can stick on successfully.

Once the area of the wall has dried; it’s time to apply your chosen adhesive to the surface. You need to use enough adhesive to ensure that the TV is adequately supported, and make sure it is spread out to evenly distribute the weight.

The particular adhesive you’ve chosen will come with clear instructions on how to use it, so refer to them for exact amounts and techniques. Then the final step: securing the TV.

If you need to create a little space between the TV and the wall, you could use wooden blocks and attach them using the adhesive, then attach the TV to the block for added reinforcement.

Ensure that the TV is pressed against the adhesive for enough time that it is secured. Use the outlines that you made to set it straight, and take extra care to make sure it is fully supported before letting go of the TV.

Method 2: TV Mount Stand

Another effective way to mount a TV on a wall without drilling is by using a TV mount stand. Sometimes called “Hybrid Stands”, these mechanisms are highly stable, but will cost considerably more than adhesives.

Hybrid mount stands create the illusion that the TV is mounted directly onto a wall, when, in reality, it is the stand which bears its weight. Not only does this method protect your wall, but it is also an efficient use of space.

Another benefit of using a TV mount stand is that they commonly provide you with shelves and extra storage space for your controls or other accessories. There’s a wide variety of hybrid TV stands out there, so you can shop around to find the best-suited option for your needs.

Hybrid mount stands look so convincing, it’s practically impossible to tell that they aren’t secured directly to your wall. They provide you with the aesthetic benefits, while also being mobile and easy to adjust if required.

Before deciding on a TV mount stand, make sure that the fittings are compatible with your particular TV. Most are universal, but some are specifically designed for certain models.

It’s also worth noting that these stands combat the issue of visible wiring. Many of them have attachments for cables to run down, so they are out of sight and keep the TV area looking tidy.

Many stands allow you to change the angle of the TV relatively easily. This is useful for situations where you may have guests, or want to watch something from a different location in your room.

Method 3: Rail

If adhesives and stands don’t seem like the best option for you, another potential solution is using a rail. Commonly used for hanging up picture frames or artwork, rails are a non-invasive way to attach items to a wall.

The strength of rail required for mounting a TV needs to be far superior to that which is used for mounting pictures. Solid wooden options are likely to be strong enough, along with metal rails.

If you have a brick wall, a wooden option is likely to blend nicely with the appearance. There are many colors and designs available, so you can find the perfect rail to suit the room in which you intend to mount your TV.

So how exactly do rails work? To mount your TV, you will need to run the rail horizontally along the wall. It would then need to be secured to the wall, either using strong adhesive, or clamps.

Alternatively, you could use external stand legs and attach them to those. Much like a clothing rail, this would provide support for the TV without damaging the wall, but it might look a little messy.

It’s important to consider the weight of your TV, and make sure that the rail and attachments are strong enough to handle it. This measure may be best suited as a temporary solution, rather than a long term one.

Rails are probably the most invasive of the three presented methods for mounting a TV without drilling. It could also be argued that when done correctly and with care, they are also the most aesthetically pleasing method!

Do Your Research

The three methods I’ve presented are all reliable, provided you do some prior research. The materials you use must be strong enough to support the weight and dimensions of your particular TV.

Before deciding on the right method, I would strongly recommend double-checking the weight of your TV. You can then ensure that the adhesive, stand, or rail that you choose can hold it without the risk of it falling and getting damaged.

Ideally, a TV should be mounted using plugs and screws. However, I’m aware that this isn’t always possible, so these methods provide you with reliable alternatives. They do require the utmost care and preparation to avoid any damage.

Closing Thoughts

The instructions in this article will hopefully have inspired you to mount your TV without wreaking havoc on your wall. They’re all fairly simple, and shouldn’t take too long to achieve.

Everyone’s rooms and TVs are different, so it’s important to do some planning before jumping in. Then you’ll be enjoying the position of your newly wall-mounted TV in no time!

About Ross McLeod

Ross McLeod is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. His most recent project is named Gold Jacket, and he is the frontman and bassist of the garage rock band The Blue Dawns with whom he has released 4 EPs and toured extensively.

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