How to Mount a TV without Drilling (or Using Studs)

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With the TV being the center structure of most lounge settings, you want to make sure it’s mounted securely and neatly. Many people drill in parts to mount TVs as it’s one of the most secure ways to do it. However, this isn’t possible for many people.

Whether you’re in a place temporarily or you just aren’t able to drill or use studs, there are some alternate ways to mount your TV. Let’s have a look at some of them.

Railing

Rails are fairly common tools used to mount things on walls. Typically, you’d see them being used to mount large pictures and paintings. However, they can work pretty well with a TV as well. You’d just need to take the size and weight of your TV into account before using a rail that may not be strong enough.

The stronger rails obviously cost a fair bit more, but they’re well worth it. The great thing about using a rail is that it keeps the space very clear and makes it look clean. There aren’t any big parts to it, meaning you’ll just see your TV and nothing else.

Some rails allow more movement than others, giving you lots of versatility in how you place your TV. Rails are often used for monitors in restaurants to display menus, so it’s a great feature to be able to move the monitor around. You probably won’t need to move your home TV side-to-side like that which potentially makes the feature a bit unnecessary.

Railing needs to be tightly secured to the wall so that the TV sits safely. Luckily, railing generally feels very secure, so you won’t need to worry if you tightened everything properly.

In terms of materials, railing can be made from a few different types. The most hardy and durable material would be metal. So, metal would seem like the best choice to go with.

Some larger TVs are just too heavy to go on railing, meaning you’d need to go with another mounting option if your TV is very big.

Hybrid TV Stand

Hybrid TV stands like this one are designed to make it look like your TV is mounted to the wall. Instead, the TV is mounted to a cleverly hidden metal structure.

These stands are fantastic as they give the illusion of a wall-mounted TV while also providing some extra shelving to place anything extra around the screen.

The benefit of them over standard TV stands is that they save an incredible amount of space. Although they’re larger than railing, most hybrid TV stands are quite narrow and don’t have the biggest footprints.

They make your TV setup look very clean, similar to how it would look if it was mounted on a wall. There are a few different types of hybrid stands that all have unique shapes and structures. Some have added benefits such as places to hide any cables coming from the TV.

Other hybrid TV stands allow you to swivel the TV around, giving you versatility in how you place the TV in a living area. The stand will allow you to watch from the comfort of your couch as well as the business of your kitchen.

If you want to make it look like your TV is mounted to a wall without doing all that work, consider getting a hybrid stand. It will keep your area looking clean and neat and give you plenty of room to decorate and make it look homely.

Hybrid stands have a modern aesthetic to them, so they’re fantastic for contemporary homes. Different stands are made for different sized TVs, so make sure you get the right size for the TV you own.

Adhesive

One of the most popular ways of mounting things on walls is using adhesives. Whether you’re mounting keyring holders, paintings, canvases, or any other light object, adhesives are one of the easiest things that anyone can use.

You may be thinking about how adhesives could possibly mount a heavy TV. The thing is, companies have started selling stronger and stronger adhesives over the years. Some are so strong that they could, in fact, hold a TV to a wall with no problem.

Although it’s not the most advised thing in the world, mounting a TV with adhesives could work if the adhesives are strong enough. You’d just need to get some sort of professional to give you an informed opinion over whether it would work for your personal TV.

With that being said, all you need to do is make sure that your wall is clean so that the adhesives can stick properly without damaging anything and then attach your TV to them. The more adhesives you use, the more secure your TV will feel.

This method isn’t a great option for fairly heavy TVs. It will work wonderfully with lighter TVs that are closer to the size of computer monitors. There are things called adhesive TV hangers which are the optimal products to use with this method.

Standard TV Stand

Undoubtedly, the safest and easiest option to go with is to get a standard TV stand. These are the tables or cabinets that allow your TV to sit on top of them. They’re the most common thing that is used for watching TV and they’re heavily reliable options.

You just need to make sure that your TV has some legs to stand on. Luckily, most TVs come with these when they are purchased. If your TV doesn’t have legs, you’ll need to go with one of the other mounting options.

Since standard TV stands are so popular, there are hundreds upon hundreds of designs out there in the world to choose from. You could get a stand that perfectly matches the aesthetics of your household.

Many stands also offer extra storage options for books and other household objects. If you like your TV sitting high, you could get a stand that is taller than most regular ones. The tall stand will give you the same effect as the wall-mounted TV will.

The downside to standard TV stands is that they can take up a good amount of space around the TV. Many people just don’t have that space to work with or they’d prefer to have a clear area. So, the standard TV stand wouldn’t be ideal in those situations.

The big benefit of TV stands is that they can support any TV, no matter how heavy it is.

Conclusion

The weight and size of your TV plays a huge factor in which mounting option to choose. If you have a massive TV, strong adhesives won’t make you feel as secure as the other things will. However, they’ll work well for smaller TVs.

Whether you choose railing, a hybrid stand, or a standard stand, just make sure that your TV feels securely locked in place. Everyone’s nightmare is for the TV to fall over because of something bumping it.

There are some great products out there for each type of mount that we’ve discussed. If you invest in a good one, it will last you many years of use. So, choose one way of mounting and enjoy all the relaxing TV watching time.

About Brett Clur

Brett has been drumming for almost two decades. He also helps his students get better at drumming. He can be found on Instagram (@brettclurdrums), where you can regularly catch glimpses of his drumming.

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