Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How do we hang the TV?

So how do you hang a TV on the wall, centered above your fireplace, with no stud in the center? Here is a little tutorial from Dave on how we did it:

You'll notice in the picture below that, not only was there no stud anywhere close to the center of the fireplace, there was a block of concrete where the old stove flue connected to the chimney.

 A cross-section would be worth a thousand words:

Essentially, mount a "structural" piece of 3/4" plywood solidly to your studs (3" countersunk screws were our choice). That will allow you to place your TV bracket anywhere between those studs and still have a considerable amount of meat to bite into. Use caution and common sense when doing this because you'll probably not be able to use the bracket manufacturer's provided hardware. You may have to buy some short and stout lag bolts and washers from your local home improvement store to get an adequate bite over 1" or less of material. Our TV was only a 32", so it was pretty light. Still, the bracket was attached with four lag bolts just to be sure.

Next, just hide your "ugly" structural piece of plywood with something decorative. We chose beadboard and framing. This was a purely practical solution to a problem, but that doesn't mean you can't make it look good!

Finally, if you're an unfortunate soul that has your drywall torn out near any media center, do yourself a favor and purchase some large conduit pipe and bury it in the wall. What you don't see here is almost as important as what you do see. What you don't see are the power cord, two HDMI cables, and the potential to run a VGA cable to our TV. With the conduit I was able to neatly run the cables to the TV now but I still have the ability to switch out the cables to the next best thing in 5 years.  The conduit went from an opening behind the TV to the attic. Then we had another piece of conduit running down the wall behind the side table to the right of the couch. It ended with an outlet on the wall where we could connect the DVD player to the cords we routed from the tv through the attic and down that wall. I hope that makes sense.

Ultimately, something we weren't able to do was connect our old desktop computer to the TV. We were planning on buying a wireless keyboard and mouse, stashing the desktop in our hallway nook, and running a 25' VGA cable to the TV to use it as a monitor. Great for picture slide shows at parties or streaming Hulu/YouTube/Netflix.

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  1. I am increasingly impressed with your remodeling skills! With a new baby to Love your solution to the cords and such. As we plan to build (if I ever hear back on the plantation offer!!), I am trying to keep all of these great ideas in mind.

  2. What a fantastic fix~!

    I am having an antique auction on my blog. All sorts of lovely and romantic finds looking for a new home. I hope you'll stop by.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Great idea! Love the use of beadboard, too. Your space is beautiful. I'm your newest follower. ;) Becca

  4. I may have to do this when I get rid of my antiquated T.V. one day.Your room looks very sophisticated-great job.Come by Brambly and pay me a visit.Have a great day!


  5. That looks gorgeous! I need to re-do my TV wall :)

    I am a new follower from Chic on a Shoestring, I would love if you could stop by

  6. This is such great advice and a fantastic tutorial! And I always love getting to peek around your house more...that room is absolutely beautiful with all of the detail in the woodwork and the framing around the TV was genius! Thank you so much for linking up to Inspiration Friday this week! :-)

  7. Fantastic post and advice on how to do that! Great that you were able to hide all the cords too- seeing media and cords is a pet peeve of mine so I really like the clean look you have. Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  8. thanks for the tute...and i love that you successfully hid the cords...thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


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  9. Thanks for providing such a useful information .I really appreciate the concept that you have posted here.

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  10. I'm so glad it's helpful Carla! Thank for the comment!

  11. Love this tilt mount from Bizarkdeal. I have had 3 other brands, this one is the best. It assembled easily, is sturdy in construction, and supports the 55" TV just fine! I also like the straps that you use to release it from the wall. I am going to buy another one to replace the fixed mount tv in my bedroom.