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How high should you install a TV mount on a wall?

The actual height you mount your TV will depend on the layout of your room. If you’re mounting it above a fireplace or in an alcove, the height of these structures will determine the mounting height of your TV. However, Bob Villa recommends positioning your TV 42 inches on-center in conventional rooms with standard seated viewing.

Can a TV be mounted above a fireplace?

You may be able to mount your flat screen TV above your fireplace for a more streamlined look in your living room. In fact, TV mounting professionals can hang your flat screen TV flush with a wall or from a tilting or full-motion bracket mount in any room in your home. A tilting or full-motion mount may be the best option above a fireplace so you can tilt the TV down for the best viewing angle. Whether the wall above your fireplace is brick, drywall, concrete, stone or plaster, most television mounting services can accommodate your needs. Hardier wall surfaces like concrete or brick will require more labor and expertise to mount, and will likely have a higher price range.

If you want your AV and cable wires hidden in the wall, you will also pay a higher price due to the added time and skill to properly drill the holes and run wires. Before mounting your TV above your fireplace, consult with the manufacturer about necessary distance from heat sources. If the space above your fireplace gets too warm, another location could be better for the longevity of your TV. Your television mounting services may take between one and two hours, or more depending on your home theater setup.

How much does it cost to mount a TV?

Elevate your home style with television mounting services. The national average price for television mounting services ranges between $100 and $130. Factors that can affect cost are the material of the wall you want the TV mounted on, whether you want the wires hidden, and any additional entertainment system connection you desire. It probably costs more to mount a TV on brick, stone or concrete than on drywall or plaster due to the added labor required to drill holes. For example, a company may charge an additional $99 to mount a TV on a brick wall. Here are some examples of average costs for television mounting services:

  • Basic TV wall mount: $40. Does not include bracket, device connection or strip management.
  • TV wall mount: $119. Includes bracket, mounting services, strip management system (for concealing external wires), and connection of all entertainment devices.
  • TV wall mount with wires hidden inside wall: $139.
  • Installation of additional electrical outlet: $65.
  • TV wall mount over fireplace with wires hidden: $179-$249.
  • TV wall mount and up to 5 speakers wall-mounted with hidden wires: $399.

Can you mount any TV?

Many TVs can be mounted with standard equipment. However, you need to cover a few details before mounting a TV. Know the size and weight of your TV before you purchase a mount. Additionally, make sure your TV follows the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) standards by looking for the VESA logo followed by a number. Match this number to the VESA-compatible mount to ensure compatibility. If you’re unsure if your TV can be mounted, contact the best professional TV mounting services in your area to see if they can offer guidance and help you with the installation.

How do I hide the wires to my wall-mounted TV?

You can hide wires from a hanging TV on a wall by putting them behind the wall. However, this requires some drilling or buying an in-wall power kit. Alternatively, you can use what’s called a “raceway” — a hollow metal or plastic channel — that runs down your wall and hides your cables from sight. To get the job done right, and avoid risking damage to your wall, hire a professional TV wall mount installer near you.

Can you mount a TV without studs?

Yes, you can mount a TV without studs using hollow wall anchors, which are used to hang objects on a wall, according to Digital Trends. However, these have limits. Make sure they can handle the weight of your TV. 

If you’re not comfortable mounting a TV on the wall without studs by yourself, hire a top-rated professional in your area instead.

What tools do you need to mount a TV on the wall?

You need several tools to mount a TV on a wall. Often, the tools that are needed include safety goggles, a stud finder or hollow wall anchors, a level, a power drill and bits of various sizes. You’ll also likely need a socket wrench and screwdriver set. If you don’t have these tools, hire a TV wall mount installer near you who can do the job and bring their own tools.

Are TV wall mounts universal?

TV wall mounts are generally universal. This is because most TV wall mounts comply with standards set forth by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA). Thanks to this set of standards, any mount you buy is likely to be a universal TV wall mount. However, exceptions do apply. Certain brands may not follow VESA standards, and though this is rare, it’s worth checking to make sure you’re buying a VESA-compatible universal TV mount.

Can you mount a TV in drywall?

Yes, it’s possible to mount a TV on drywall. To make sure the job is done right and you don’t end up damaging your wall or injuring yourself, consider contacting one of the best TV wall mount installers near you. When contacting professionals, make sure you tell them you wish to mount a TV in drywall. 

Can a TV mounting service also install a home theater system?

Yes, a TV mounting service is often able to install a home theater system as well. Companies and technicians who offer flat-screen TV wall mount installation service may offer package deals on installing surround sound and other parts of a home theater installation. To find the best TV mounting service near you that can install a surround sound system in your home, compare companies side by side. Choose a service that’s within your budget and book an appointment instantly.

Reviews for Ashburn tv installers
Shiva R.
Installed the tv on the wall.
Khaled A.
Very professional. He fixed by cables nightmare by installing a new outlet behind the TV.
Blue Tigers Pro Mounting Services LLCBlue Tigers Pro Mounting Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Very polite and knowledgeable of the work he was hired for ie 2 tv's installed on walls
Task AmericiaTask Americia
Rama M.
I had the tv wall mount installed and the job was done perfectly. Completely satisfied with the service.
Task AmericiaTask Americia
Naid M.
Excellent and they installed TV on our Rock surface area with good design. Quality of work, timing and value excellent
Elite Home ContractorsElite Home Contractors
Ray M.
Great experience in Sharp View installing my TV on a wall mount. Very responsive, quick and professional. Would highly recommend
Muhammad E.
This company is so professional, he installed my TV and concealed the wires very quickly and professionally. I highly recommend this company.
Blue Tigers Pro Mounting Services LLCBlue Tigers Pro Mounting Services LLC
Andrew N.
Fast and perfect TV installation mounted above our fireplace. We booked at short (less than 24 hour) notice and they were still able to accommodate! Mohammad listened to the specifics of our request and then installed it precisely as requested, and also corrected a misunderstanding of ours as to how our TV mount actually worked and how we could adjust it. Very happy!
FixTman LLC. (Washington D.C.)FixTman LLC. (Washington D.C.)
Olga D.
I am extremely happy with the results. Professionally mounted 65 inch Samsung the Frame tv above gas fireplace. There were metal studs in the wall so he had to install wooden planks to make sure the TV is mounted properly. The TV is hanging flush to the wall as it is supposed to. He repaired and painted the drywall too. The wire from TV is nicely concealed in the wall. Very professional and a great value! Will hire again for all my electric work. Thanks!
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
Endrias A.
Had a 82” tv installed. Prompt response, did the work the same day of my request submission, professional work, uses quality product, and fair price.
Louise C.
Damond was friendly and professional. We especially appreciated his conscientiousness while installing our TV mount. So happy to come across him through Thumbtack!
Thumbtack Customer
Cesar did a great job mounting the tv. However, the whole consultation part of the process could have been better. I ordered a mount from amazon after consulting with Cesar and providing him with all the details of the tv only to find out later that it was the wrong mount when he came to install it. After further discussing with Cesar, I was told the exact mount that would work for my tv and where to get it from so that was very helpful and appreciative.
Cesar Design LLCCesar Design LLC
Chi I.
Sam was one of the most kind-hearted, patient and professional vendor we’ve worked with. From initial correspondence with him, he made communication so easy, providing clarification every step of the way. He did the best job ever with out tv installation and overall project. Quite frankly, this company is not just an ordinary tv installation company, these guys go all out to make sure your installation is “model-home-worthy” and seamless! With absolutely no wires whatsoever showing externally, and all cables safely tucked into the wall, we couldn’t have asked for a better service. Thank you so much Sam — we really appreciate everything!
Invisible Guards, LLC. (IGs)Invisible Guards, LLC. (IGs)
Vijay P.
Update: FixTman customer service Maria reached me and try to resolve the issue. They sent other guy to fix the TV, now it is perfectly installed. I appreciate for the followup and taking care of the issue. I don't see the option of increasing the review level to 5 star rating. I will give them 5 star rating now. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- The person who came to do wall mount doesn’t have basic common sense of leveling. He doesn’t know how to wall mount 85 inch TV. I don’t recommend FixTMan to anyone.
FixTman LLC. (Washington D.C.)FixTman LLC. (Washington D.C.)
Lana H.
Omar replied immediately after my inquiry. He mounted a 65” TV for me, installed a bidet, put together a patio heater for me and switched out a light bulb for me within a few hours. He was extremely pleasant and helpful! I will definitely use him again and have already spread the word about him with my friends and family!
Legend Handyman LLCLegend Handyman LLC
Julio F.
Sun did a great job, I went off the positive reviews and I’m happy to say that they were spot on. I had Sun provide feedback on what would be the best option for the installation. Sun recommended and provided the Amazon link from where I ordered the hardware. I had Sun install the Sonos sound bar that I purchased for the set. Sun also added an outlet for the connection of my other components and my router. I’m definitely happy with the outcome that provided the clean look that I was looking for. Highly recommend Sun if you are looking for a true detailed profesional to do your TV wall instal.
Jessie G.
Sharp View did a wonderful job mounting 75” tv. Although their arrival was slightly delayed due to traffic, they got right to work and installed the mount quickly. I did not have the proper length cords for using the wall cord hider so they showed me how I can hide cords in the future, and even fished a lead cord through the wall so I can do it easily once my new cords arrive. They were very professional and I recommend them.
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