Wall Mounted TV with Hidden Wires Tutorial
Do you have a flat screen TV? Do you have children? Wish you could mount your TV on the wall for space and safety? Or have you already mounted your TV, but the wires are visible and hang below your screen? GASP—not the dreaded visible wires syndrome!
Today I have a tutorial to show you How to Install a Wall Mount for your TV AND How to Hide those Unsightly Wires in a cable management system. SANUS sent me their Full-Motion TV Wall Mount and In-Wall Cable Management to use for this tutorial. Before you start thinking that you can’t do this, or that you have to hire an electrician to run power behind the TV, you don’t! And this is a very easy DIY project! The SANUS In-Wall Cable Management System is the coolest product. It allows you to hook up to an existing outlet elsewhere (within 60″ horizontally from your TV)! (Per FTC regulations, you should know that this is a sponsored post for SANUS, but I approached them after researching TV mounts and cable management systems. )
Genevieve Gorder has some good information about why you want to use a SANUS mount in this short video:
Why did I want to use the SANUS mount? Here’s just a few reasons:
You can pull your screen out from the wall or press it back to just a few inches away. (The arms extend a full 20″. Further than shown, because our cables are too short to fully extend.)
The power cord plugs into an ultra low profile in wall cable system. All wires are hidden behind the TV.
The TV can also extend and swivel from left to right. This allows us to be able to watch TV from the adjacent room! Which means the kids can eat pizza AND watch a movie because they can safely sit at the kitchen table and view the movie in the living room. Score one for Mom! No more pizza stains on the rug or sofa.
Ready to learn how you can easily mount your flat-screen TV on the wall AND hide the wires? Let’s get to it!
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- SANUS Full-Motion TV Wall Mount
- SANUS In-Wall Cable Management
- Tape measure
- Painter’s tape
- Stud finder (included in the box, but I like using a bigger one) or view 5 ways to find a stud without a studfinder
- Level (also included, but I prefer a bigger one)
- 1/2″ Socket wrench
- Drywall saw (possibly a multi-tool if you have paneling on your walls)
- Flat head & phillips head screwdriver
- 7/32 wood drill bit
- Flashlight & mirror (or smart phone with camera)
This tutorial will show how to install the mount and cable management system in drywall. If you have walls that aren’t drywall, please contact SANUS customer service for help selecting a product for your home.
Decide where you want to mount your TV. Locate the closest studs to the TV. Typically studs are 16″ apart (on center).
Determine the height you want your TV to hang. View the SANUS HeightFinder page to get exact measurements for hanging the wall plate. Mark the dimensions from the HeightFinder page onto your wall.
Tape the SANUS Wall Plate Template on the wall centered on the desired location your TV will hang. Level the template.
Locate the studs you marked earlier and drill holes through the wall into the studs (2 on top and 2 on bottom) using the 7/32″ drill bit.
Attach the wall plate to the wall using the 1/2″ lag bolts and washers.
Center the Wall Cut-out Template for the cable management system in between the wall studs inside the wall plate. Level the template and trace around it.
Drill holes into the four corners of the traced template. Use a drywall saw to cut between the holes.
To keep the drywall from dropping into the wall, tape over the cut out before you complete your cuts.
Use a flashlight and mirror or your smart phone to take a picture in the wall. Make sure you have a clear shot down to the baseboard level.
Tape the cable management template just above your baseboard directly below the upper cut out. Level the template.
Repeat the same steps to cut out around the template. When cutting through wood paneling you will want to use a power saw, like a multi-tool.
Feed your cables that attach to the back of your TV through the back of the upper cable management system. (The upper unit has a regular electrical outlet receptacle.) Press the management system into the wall.
Use a flat head screwdriver to tighten the wings that will secure to the inside of the drywall.
Locate and pull the cables and the PowerConnect cable through the bottom cut out. Connect the PowerConnect cable connectors together and press firmly until you hear them click.
Thread the additional cables through the back of the lower cable management system.
Press the in wall cable management system into the wall and tighten the wings using your screwdriver.
Time to prep your TV for mounting!
Remove the TV stand from your TV. Some flat-screen TVs have screws on the back that will release the stand.
SANUS includes several TV screws with the wall mount kit. Locate the screws that fit your TV. Use the shortest ones you can to avoid damage to your screen.
Attach the TV brackets to your TV using the screws and washers.
Locate the arm assembly and press it into the wall bracket as shown below:
Attach the arm assembly to the wall bracket with provided screws (two on top and two on the bottom). You’ll find it a lot easier to tighten the screws if you have a hex bit for your screwdriver. The provided hex wrenches are a little more difficult to turn close to the wall.
The TV mount should look like this:
Get the assistance of a Pretty Handsome Guy (or a friend) to help lift the TV and rest it onto the arm assembly.
Attach the provided “click caps” to the TV bracket to secure the TV to the arm assembly.
Plug the TV into the receptacle behind the TV and attach the cables to the TV.
Neatly fold the excess cables and use a zip tie to hold the cable in place. Tuck the excess cables into the arm assembly.
Attach the cable covers to the arm assembly with the smaller hex wrench.
Plug the PowerConnect power cord into the lower cable management box. Plug the other end into the closest outlet (not to exceed 60″ horizontally.)
You’re done and it’s time to enjoy your favorite shows! Look Ma’, no wires!
In the meantime, I’m off to finish watching Mad Men (yes, I’m a little behind on my viewing.) Anyone else still watching that series? I love Joan because she rocks the curvy look ;-).
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SANUS. I was not told what to write or say about the SANUS products. I am very particular about the brands I mention on my blog. This is a company I approached because I read great things about their products. You can rest assured that I don’t mention products or brands on my blog that I don’t like. I will always disclose if you are reading a sponsored post or product review.
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Thanks for the great summary on how to mount your TV. A couple of other tips to keep in mind:
(1) When installing wiring in the wall, make sure it has a CL2, CL3 or Riser rating on the cable jacket. These are the only type of cable that are allowed to be inside the wall and you want to make sure your install is both Electrical and Building code compliant.
(2) When purchasing a mount, don’t go off the general TV measurements on the mounting box. You will want to look for something called the VESA spread on the TV and match that same measurement on the mount you purchase.
(3) If installing in a wall shared with the garage, you must firestop any holes made between the garage and the living space so that wall will keep it’s required fire rating. Otherwise you will be required to bring these holes up to code if you ever sell your house
(4) It is actually an electrical code violation to pull the TV power cord through the wall. To be code compliant you must use a power transfer Kit like what is shown here or simply have a licensed electrician install an AC outlet behind your TV.
Why don’t you learn how to add a 15 amp recepticle behind the tv? I’ve seen that SANUS item before and although it claims to NEC certified, if there was a failure and a house fire resulted from it, I can foresee your home’s insurance company not only giving you shit for this but maybe even not covering the claim. Home improvement stores carry a variety of topical books so the best thing to do (short of hiring a licensed electrican to do the job) is to pick up a book or two on basic wiring and learn the right way to do this. The SANUS item appears to merely be a fancy extension cord that is run through your wall and that is a big no-no according to the NEC.
This is amazing. Will be trying soon!
I want to hide the cords..I swear I have learned the most amazing things on this site and it turns out to be pretty simple..I always use to leave it all up to the hubby to do..I would love to mount my TV!!! it would look awesome
I have been looking at the Sanus TV mounting system for our new home. It’s good to hear a first hand account of how easy the installation is. Thanks for the review.
I love the clean look! The fact that you don’t have a Tarzan tangle of wires staring you in the face while trying to watch TV…AWESOME! and even I could do it. I am also in love with the tilt feature. Thanks for cluing me in to this product and for the great tutorial.
I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now, thanks for the great tutorial
I think this SANUS mount and cable management system is incredible. I would LOVE to win it!
I would love this in our master bedroom. We don’t have a lot of space, so this would be a great space saver! Thanks for the chance!
Awesome tutorial thanks!
I have toddlers twins, so mounting the TV would surely be a safety improvement in my house!
We want to mount them so they are safer for the kids