It's a common myth: People think that mounting a TV might be a tough job that requires all sorts of help. But that's simply not true. It's not a team sport, at all. Depending on the size of your TV, you may need some extra hands to put it up on the wall, but installing the mount itself is simple enough to be a one man job. Or a one woman job.

Understand the Basics

Depending on the mount you choose, assembly may vary slightly but you can essentially mount a TV on the wall in three easy steps:

  1. Secure the mounting bracket on the back of the TV.
  2. Attach the wall plate bracket to the wall.
  3. Hang the television (the part that may require some help).

You can see how easy it is to mount a TV by watching this video. And read on for some tips on how to turn mounting your TV into a bit of a party.

Assemble a Team Anyway

Mounting a TV on your own might be simple, and it’s pretty fast. But many hands make light work, as Grandma used to say. Turning your project into a team sport means you can get that TV mounted on the wall even faster. Besides, if your TV is very large, it’ll be a challenge to handle it by yourself.

The thing is, though, two’s company but three can be a crowd (if you get our drift). There’s such a thing as too much help.

Not Everyone Can Be the Quarterback, But There’s a Place for Everyone on the Roster

Pick the team member who’s Most Likely to Be Helpful to actually assist you with mounting the TV on the wall. Then assign the rest of your team to other positions. For safety reasons, some team members should not be on the field – kids and pets, for example.

Make Sure You Have the Right Equipment

“Field test” your current TV, by having one or two of your team members hold it up against the wall. If it’s no longer the right tool for the job, you’ll have to cut it, but you can always put it to use in another room. If you’re going to buy a new TV, put some thought into what size TV works best given your room size and where the best place to put it is. Take into consideration things like window glare and glare from indoor lighting. There are TV mounting options for you if have to put your TV in a less than ideal location due to room constraints – ie. Not inline with your main seating area, or near a window so you are then dealing with glare.  

Then use the SANUS MountFinder to see the different types of TV mounts and choose the best style for your room. When you’re standing there, poised to do the work, it is not the time to realize you should have gotten the full-motion mount instead of the tilting one. Once you’re ready to mount your TV, check out the SANUS HeightFinder tool. It takes the guesswork out of figuring out how high you will want to mount your TV on the wall.

The next step in the process is finding the studs. It’s not that hard, even if you don’t have a stud finder. You’ll be finished mounting your TV in about 30 minutes. Then it will be time for high fives all around and chilling-out in front of that TV.