Plaster walls can often feel very fragile. They are walls that are made from plasterboards, and can not support a lot of weight. This begs the question: can you hang a TV on your plaster walls? And if yes, how?
The answer to that question is simple, yes! Hanging the TV to the wall would save you a lot of space and can make your room look tidier. You should definitely consider hanging the TV no matter what type of wall you have.
With that being said, there are certain things you should consider before hanging the TV on the stud wall. If you hang it without taking these considerations, it may fall. This could cause damage to your TV and cost you a lot of money.
Remember, even though TVs are now lighter than ever, care is still essential to ensure you don’t lose your investment in an accident.
Find the perfect spot
While usually finding the perfect placement for a TV involves marking the area you find easy to look at, there are additional considerations you must account for when mounting a TV to a plaster wall.
A concrete or solid wall can easily support the weight of the TV. However, when it comes to a plaster wall, it may be harder for the wall to support the weight.
This is because most plaster walls are made as dividers, and are made of one or two sheets of plaster. These sheets are not very thick, and can easily break.
Due to this reason, it is not recommended for you to drill directly into the plaster. This would make your TV prone to breaking and would damage the plaster walls.
Instead, you should try to place the TV over studs in the wall. Studs are more solid, and you can easily mount your TV on them.
If you are having trouble finding studs, you can use a stud finder to help you with your job. These machines can quickly locate any studs in the wall for you. Alternatively, you can knock on the wall to find studs. An area with the stud under it would sound less “hollow”.
Ideally, your perfect TV location would be one where you can both mount the nails or bolts in the studs, as well as have a comfortable view of the TV from your favorite resting spot. However, that’s easier said than done and could take some time toying around with.
What if you can’t find the right spot?
The perfect spot isn’t easy to find. You may have trouble finding studs in the range of areas you want your TV to be in. Luckily, solutions are available in case any such problems should arise.
The first solution that is available to you comes in the form of wall anchors. These handy anchors can hold the weight of most light TVs and would ensure that your wall is not damaged.
The anchors help you secure the nail into the wall and ensure that it does not lose grip. This is extremely important since you will be dealing with a plaster wall. They thus help you hold the TV where it ordinarily could not have been held. You may use anchors on studs as well for extra safety.
In case your TV is heavier than what studs can typically hold, you would need to consider other options. One of the options that you have is to strengthen the wall in the areas that will hold up the TV.
To do that, you can use a piece of plywood. The plywood should Ideally be supported with the ground and also be secured against the plaster wall. However, you could always use it without ground-based support too.
For this method, you would have to secure the plywood to the walls. You can use nails in order to do so. After that, the plywood forms a stronger base, on which you can then hang your TV.
How to hang the TV the right way on Plaster walls
Now that we have gone through the various issues you may face with finding the right spot and how to resolve them, we are going to talk about how to actually hang and secure the TV into the wall.
To do that, you will first need to find the perfect wall bracket for your TV. Some TVs might come with wall-brackets, so you may just want to use that one. Others would not.
In case your TV does not come with a wall bracket, you would have to buy one. Ensure that the wall bracket you buy is rated for TVs as heavy as yours is. You should ideally aim a little higher than your TV’s weight. It’s always better to be on the safe side!
Next, you should line up your wall bracket with the spot that you want. This can be tricky in a few cases. Your studs might not line up with the holes in the wall bracket, for example. In these cases, we recommend that you drill a hole in the wall bracket to ensure that it lines up.
To fix the wall bracket into the wall, you need to drill a hole. You have to be very careful with the bit you select. If this is not the right size for the nails or wall grip that you will be using, you can risk having the bracket fall, and damage your TV in the process.
The bit size should be the same size as the wall grip or the nail, depending on what you will be using. You should mark the right spots by placing the bracket against the wall and using a pencil to draw out the bracket holes.
After you have drilled into the wall, you should insert the nail through the bracket into the wall, and secure it into place. We highly recommend using washers when doing so. They help ensure that the weight is divided and the bracket remains stable.
The last step involves placing the TV onto the bracket and fixing it in place. If the bracket is installed correctly, you should have mounted your TV to a plaster wall perfectly.
Mounting a TV to the wall can definitely be a stressful experience. After all, a single error, and you may end up damaging your screen. However, done right, it can be a useful way to save space and should let you make the best use of your wall. We hope this guide helped you understand how to hang a TV the right way on a plaster wall!