Can you mount a TV on drywall?

To securely mount a TV on a wall made of drywall, your best bet is to secure the TV to the studs. Mounting a TV on drywall does not provide adequate support for the weight of the TV. Drywall is an extremely brittle material that on average can only hold up to 5 to 10 lbs. The average 32” TV weighs 25-30 lbs. making drywall an inadequate option for mounting a TV.  An improperly mounted TV could detach from the wall damaging the TV and the wall.

Because studs are typically 16 inches apart, your wall mount may only be wide enough to be secured to a single stud. You will still need additional attachment points for a safe installation. Assess the condition of the drywall and select attachment points that are free from damage.

Once you’ve found a damage-free area on the wall, you can use drywall anchors to help distribute the weight of the TV on the drywall for mounting in addition to the support provided by the stud. Securing the mount to the wall using drywall anchors is recommended especially in cases where only a single stud is available or additional stability is desired. Drywall anchors can support a variety of weights – depending on the anchor selected.

Studs are always the ideal attachment point when mounting a TV, however, some walls don’t offer that option. If you need assistance with mounting your TV on studs or drywall, Geeks on Site can help. Our professional team of installers can mount your TV safely and securely. Call us today!

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