The conventional method used for mounting a TV on the wall is to use studs or drilling screws. This method is invasive and therefore, isn’t always an option if you don’t want to damage the wall.
Thankfully, there are several alternative methods for mounting a TV on the wall which doesn’t require you to make holes in it. If you’re in a rented property, or simply want to preserve your wall, these alternatives will suit your needs.
Before we get started, I should explain that the following methods are more complicated than simply using studs or screws to mount your TV. If you follow the instructions in this article and take care, they will work just fine.
One of the least invasive alternatives to using studs when mounting your TV is hybrid stands like this one. They are sometimes referred to as “TV Mount Stands” and provide ample stability, robustness, and convenience.
Hybrid stands work similarly to a TV stand that is drilled into the wall, without actually coming into contact with the surface. They are placed close to the wall, to make it seem like they are mounted to it.
The great thing about hybrid stands is that they are strong enough to handle the weight of the TV, but their non-permanent structure can be moved into another position without any hassle.
Using this method instead of studs ensures that you keep wall damage to a minimum. In terms of aesthetics, it’s practically impossible to tell that the hybrid stand isn’t directly wall-mounted.
The mobility that they offer is very convenient, especially if you’re the type of person who often likes to rearrange their living space. Most hybrid stands come with fixable wheels or handles for safe transportation.
If you decide that this is the best alternative to using studs or screws, it’s important to check that the hybrid stand’s attachments and weight-bearing capacity are compatible with the specs of your TV. Some may be designed for lighter, modern TVs, while others can handle bulkier, older models.
Another plus point of using a hybrid stand is that you can easily adjust the screen angle. Say, for example, you invite some friends over to watch a movie, you can adjust the position of the stand so that everyone can see it.
Wiring is also an issue that hybrid stands minimize. They are often fitted with cable gathering attachments, which allow you to run the leads down the back of the stand and keep them out of sight as much as possible.
Another reliable method that can be used to effectively mount a TV on the wall without using studs or screws is attaching it via high strength adhesives. Most modern TVs are quite light, compared to bulkier older models, and therefore, can be held by adhesive.
These adhesives fall into two categories. You can get adhesive tapes or glues. Glue is more likely to cause wear and tear to the wall, but it is also generally stronger than tape, and therefore, more reliable.
You must check the weight of your TV before choosing an adhesive. The highest-strength adhesive tapes can hold a weight of around 25 kilograms, which is enough to hold most modern TVs.
If you don’t choose an adhesive with the necessary strength to hold your TV, the results could be disastrous. Therefore, ensure that you double-check the strength and weight before attempting to secure it.
To successfully mount a TV on the wall using high-strength adhesives, there are a series of steps that you must follow. The first stage involves planning out the position of the TV and measuring the space to ensure that it will fit.
You need to outline the position of the television and make sure that it is straight. This can be easily done using a tape measure and a spirit level. Once you’ve clearly outlined the position, you need to make sure the wall is clean.
Depending on the material that covers your wall, cleaning it will involve different products. All that is usually required is giving it a quick wipe with a cloth the remove any dust or particles that will affect the sticking power of the adhesive.
Once you’re satisfied that the wall is free of dust, and any of the products you used to clean it have dried completely, it’s time to apply the adhesive that you have chosen. If this is a tape or glue, you should be provided with instructions on how best to apply it.
It’s important to use an adequate amount of adhesive to ensure that it will hold the full weight of your TV. It should be spread out equally across the area so that the weight will be distributed evenly.
If you’d rather not have the TV touching the wall, you could use another material, such as wooden planks, to act as a buffer. This will require you to use more adhesive, but it’s a good solution if you need to access the back of the TV to plug in HDMI or other cables.
The TV will need to be firmly pressed up against the adhesive for a substantial period to ensure that it secures properly. Again, the adhesive tape or glue should come with clear instructions on how long it takes to stick.
Provided you take the necessary measures, plan the location of your TV, and choose a suitable adhesive, this method can be a useful alternative to the invasive process of drilling holes and using studs.
If using a hybrid stand or adhesive to mount your TV is not an option, there is one last method you can use. It’s worth noting that this method is probably the least reliable of the three, but it will work if you do it properly, nonetheless.
Rails are commonly designed to hang items like picture frames or ornaments, but there are some exceptionally strong ones available that have the required robustness to mount a TV.
The first thing you need to do is check that the weight capacity of the rail is adequate compared to the weight of your TV. Most rails provide you with the exact maximum weight.
Then, you need to position the rail horizontally along the wall, positioning it using either a strong adhesive or a pair of high-strength clamps. There is also the option of using a rail with vertical leg supports, but this may look less tidy than securing it higher up.
The advantage of using rails is that they can look stylish and modern when done correctly. The danger is that they are movable and prone to being knocked, causing them to potentially become more unstable over time.
The key to using any of the above methods as an alternative to mounting a TV to the wall using studs is doing your prior research.
I can’t stress how important it is to ensure that the adhesive, hybrid stand or rail that you choose is strong enough to support your TV.
Providing you plan correctly, and follow the instructions in this post, you can mount your TV to the wall without causing unnecessary damage in no time!