If you are looking for a way to make a homemade TV wall mounts easily and inexpensively, then this step-by-step guide is perfect for you! We will walk you through all of the materials that you need, how they should be arranged, and what tools are needed. This DIY project only takes about thirty minutes to complete, so it’s perfect if you don’t want to spend too much time or money on your home decor.
Determine the height of your TV
Determine the height of your TV and mount accordingly. You will need a drill, level, stud finder, screws (or nails if you are mounting to drywall), cordless power screwdriver or Philips Screwdriver with an adjustable head piece for slotted screws and lag bolts , and anchors or toggle bolts.
Buy a stud finder and hammer
First, buy a stud finder and hammer. Hammer in the anchors or toggle bolts into where you would like to mount your TV bracket. Nail them securely with a sturdy nail gun (if not mounting drywall). Place the level on top of the anchor so that it is straight up and down before securing it tightly.
Measure the width of your wall and divide by two
Once you have your measurements, measure the width of your wall or where you plan to mount and divide by two. This will give you a measurement for how far apart each stud should be when TV mounting it on drywall (this is not necessary if you are mounting the bracket into brick).
If there are no other anchor points on that side of the wall, use a stud finder to locate the closest one and measure from that point.
If you have found two anchor points on your side of the wall, put them at either end of where you plan to mount and place screws in between them so they are parallel.
Buy a sheet of ¼” plywood
Now, buy a sheet of ¼-inch plywood that is wider than the measurement from step three and measure an inch on either side for mounting screws.
If you are using toggle bolts (or lag bolts), drill holes into your bracket so it will fit snugly against them. Drill one hole in each corner through the board to make the bracket fit more snugly.
If you are using screws, drill two holes in each corner of your board (size according to what type of screw you will be using).
Cut out a rectangle in the plywood
Now you need to measure and cut out a rectangle in the plywood that is as wide as your measurement from step three. Make sure it’s tall enough for your TV with some extra room at top and bottom. This will be your template for where you want to drill holes in the board so mount them on drywall or brick.
Cut a piece of ¼” wood that is at least one inch wide for mounting your TV on the bracket.
Measure and mark where you drilled holes in step three to drill through this board as well.
Mount it onto studs using 1¼” drywall screws
Mount the TV bracket to your studs using drywall screws. Drill a hole large enough so that when you screw in one side, it will catch on the other sides’ screw head.
We hope that this guide has given you the confidence to take on your homemade TV wall mounts project. You can use virtually any materials or tools in a pinch, and we tried our best to include options for both novice DIY-ers and professionals who want to make their projects as easy as possible. If there are questions left unanswered, please comment below! We’d love to hear from you and help answer any other queries about television mounting.