While most TV mounts are manufactured with the intention of being mounted onto concrete or wooden studs, it is still possible to mount a TV on metal studs, and in this guide, we are going to show you how!
Mounting a TV on metal studs may sound like a more complicated process than it is, it is just as simple as mounting a TV on concrete or wooden studs, as long as you know what you are doing and have the necessary tools.
This installation method does require a few additional tools which you will need to safely and complete the installation.
How To Find Metal Studs In Your Wall
Metal studs are used to create structural support for walls. They’re installed in most homes as part of their construction.
However, if you’re renovating or building a new home, you might not be able to find metal studs.
If you are looking to mount a TV on metal studs then you will firstly need to locate the metal studs in your wall. To do this, you will need a stud finder.
A stud finder is a handheld device that uses electromagnetic fields to detect metal objects.
It works by sending an electric current through the air and detecting the changes in voltage caused when the current encounters metallic objects.
Once you have located the studs in your wall the rest of the process is simple!
How To Mount A TV On Metal Studs
- Drill and 1/2″ drill bit
- Stud Finder
- Snap Toggles
Step 1: Locate Studs
Using your stud finder you will need to locate the metal studs in your wall. When you find a stud, mark the wall using a pencil.
Step 2: Positioning Of TV
Next, you will need to decide on the positioning of the TV. The TV will need to be between two metal studs, yet be visible from different seating spaces in your room.
Most TV mounts come with a template that can be taped to the wall when you are deciding on the location.
This is a great way of seeing what the final product may look like while also providing an outline for where your drilled holes may need to go.
Step 3: Drill Pilot Holes
Now, go back to the studs and mark the center point of each one. Make sure that there’s no electrical wiring behind the studs.
If there is, you’ll need to disconnect it before you begin working.
Drill a small pilot hole at the center of each marked point with a 1/2” drill bit. The hole sizes should match the screw heads.
Next, insert a screwdriver into the hole and turn it clockwise. Continue turning until the screwdriver reaches the end of the hole.
Then, slowly pull the screwdriver back out. Repeat this process for every stud.
Step 4: Install The Snap Toggles
Using a toggle will help to secure your TV mount in place. These will need to be installed vertically so that they are positioned well against the metal studs.
Step 5: Attach Mount To The Wall
This is the simple part, as all the holes have been pre-drilled you need to attach the mount to the wall, ensuring it is level.
Once you are happy with the positioning, tighten the bolts completely.
Step 6: Attach TV To The Mount
Have a friend help you install the mount on the wall.
This step requires you to hang the TV on the mount before tightening the bolts approximately 80% before ensuring that it is level before fully tightening and securing the TV in place.
Step 7: Final Checks
You did it! Check that the mount is securely attached to the wall and then kick back and enjoy watching movies and shows on your new TV.
We hope that this guide has given you the knowledge that you need to successfully mount a TV onto metal studs.
When it comes to hanging a TV, many people prefer to mount it on metal studs because they offer more stability than wooden ones.
Wooden studs tend to warp over time, which makes them less stable. In addition, they also lack the necessary strength to support heavy objects like TVs.
On the other hand, metal studs are stronger than wooden ones. They also allow you to install larger items such as TVs without worrying about warping.
To determine whether you should choose metal or wooden studs, consider the size of the TV, wall material, holes needed, and the load-bearing capacity of the wall.
The size of the TV will dictate the number of holes needed. If you are mounting a large TV, metal studs are the best choice.
In addition, the type of material affects the number of holes required to hang the TV.
If your wall consists of plasterboard, you won’t need any screws to attach the TV to it.
If you want to hang a TV on drywall, you will need to drill several holes and ensure that the holes are spaced correctly so that the TV doesn’t fall off.
Finally, the load-bearing capacity of the wall determines how much weight the wall can hold and you will need to make sure that the wall is strong enough to bear the weight of the TV.
Whatever studs you decide to use, we wish you luck with the mounting process!