Decades ago, manufacturers promised televisions so light and thin, we’d hang them on our walls like art. They delivered. Today, some models are thinner than five stacked dimes; Samsung’s Frame TV literally doubles as decor. Even so, most consumers are content to place their flat panel on a media console—a shame for safety, aesthetics, and space efficiency.
Wall-mounting your flat screen puts the "home" back in "home theater," freeing up precious surface space and eliminating the chances of a pet or child—or the otherwise accident-prone—knocking it over. It’s also a rewarding weekend project that most people can do themselves.
You’ll need a few basic tools: a tape measure, power drill, stud finder, level, painter’s tape, and of course, a TV-mounting kit compatible with the weight and size of your set. (Single-tilt wall-mount kits can be had for as little as $20; more expensive options allowing for a greater range of motion start at around $40.)
From there, it’s as easy as one, two, three: Secure the mounting plate onto wall studs, fasten the brackets onto the back of the TV, and then lift and mount it on the wall. It might help to watch a few YouTube tutorials beforehand—and if you’re unsure of your strength or don’t have a willing helper, there’s no shame in hiring a professional to mount the TV for you. Retailers and dedicated installers can get a set securely up and running for less than $100, depending on the model. The most important thing is that at the end of the day, you’ll have a new, improved setup that takes advantage of your slim screen.
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