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How to mount a tv on a plaster wall without studs

Learn how to mount a TV on a plaster wall without studs safely with our handy guide. With different options, considerations and a helpful step by step guide.

Since televisions were first invented in 1927, they have become one of the most popular household essentials, with rooms often centring around them. Thankfully, they’re now a lot slicker than they used to be, which means you now have options with where to locate your TV. Some people still opt for a traditional TV stand, but a lot of people to save space and create a modern feel are mounting their TVs on a wall.

This guide will look at how to wall mount a TV on a plaster wall without studs, the maximum TV weight for wall mounting and what to do if you have no stud finder.

mounting a tv on plasterboardHow to mount a tv on a plaster wall without studs

Sports, documentaries, reality shows, and movies are among the most loved programmes on TV today. No matter how you plan to use your television, you’ll need to decide where and how to position it. Using a TV stand is by far the simplest option but depending on the size of your TV, these pieces of furniture can intrude into an already crowded living room.

Another drawback of using a TV stand is that your television will have a low viewing position, plus, there’s always the risk that pets or children may knock your TV over, causing damage and injuries. As such, the best alternative to a TV stand is to mount your television on a wall. Unfortunately, not all walls will have studs, so knowing how to mount a TV on a plaster wall without studs is important.

There’re a few ways to wall mount a TV on plaster walls including:

  • Ceiling mounting
  • Anchors
  • Mounting plates

Generally, the best option for you will depend on your circumstances. For example, using a ceiling mounting can be quite difficult physically, and mounting plates may not be the most aesthetically pleasing option. The most important thing to consider is to use a mounting that can properly support the weight of your TV. Usually, the heavier the TV, the stronger the mount will need to be.

If you’d like to learn more about TV mounting and what can go wrong, check out our informative guide on how to mount your TV to the wall.

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tv wall costWill a plasterboard wall hold a TV?

You may be wondering if you can mount a TV on plasterboard – and the answer is yes, you can mount your television onto a plasterboard wall, but, it’ll need to be done correctly to prevent damage to your home and TV.

Generally, a plasterboard wall will hold a TV securely and safely, but this is only as long as you use the right mounting. You should consider using an anchor or mounting plate for best results.

How to mount a TV on the wall without a stud finder

If you don’t own a stud finder it’s often very tricky to locate the studs in your wall. Or, perhaps the location where you want to install your TV doesn’t have any studs at all. Thankfully, you can easily learn how to mount a TV on the wall without a stud finder, instead, using an anchor. Follow the below steps to hang a TV when you can’t find a stud:

  1. Position your anchor where you would like to install your TV and use a pencil to indicate exactly how you want it to sit.
  2. Use a drill to make holes where your marks are located.
  3. Trim the plywood to the correct size, then attach it to the wall using screws.
  4. Use screws to connect the bracket to the plywood.
  5. Ask a friend to help you to lift and attach your TV to the bracket.
  6. Finally, plug in your TV and enjoy.
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How do you hang a heavy TV on a plaster wall?

Larger televisions are usually also heavier so will put more pressure on your wall. As such there’s a few important considerations you’ll need to bear in mind. It all comes down to the size and type of mount you use. The larger your TV, the bigger and more secure the mount will need to be.

How much weight can I hang on a plaster wall?

Now we know a little more about different types of mounting and how this differs depending on the size and weight of your TV. But, if your television is particularly heavy, you may find it useful to know that generally, with the right mounting, plasterboard can hold up to 50kg.

Hiring a professional to wall mount your TV

Televisions are by no means cheap, so it’s always a good idea to put careful consideration into mounting your TV correctly and safely. If you don’t feel confident doing this yourself, always speak to a professional rather than doing a poor quality job. After all, the safety of your pets and family is at risk if your TV falls down.

Thankfully, our free search feature makes finding a fully qualified professional easy. Just input your postcode and we’ll find trusted trades for you, saving you time and energy. Remember, hiring an expert means great results that’ll last for years to come.

How much does professional TV mounting cost?

If you decide that professional TV mounting is your best option, it may be useful to know how much it’ll cost. The average price for an expert to mount a TV on your wall is £82.50. For further information and prices, please see our home TV set up service cost guide.

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