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Mounting a TV on a wall is usually quite simple and straightforward. All you really need is the right screwdriver and drill, mount, and screws. The latter two often come packaged together. Of course, you will also need a dry, flat wall to mount the TV with ease. But what if you want to do so with a curved wall instead?
Is it possible to mount a TV on a curved wall? Yes, it is possible to mount a TV on a curved wall. The process is like how you would install a TV with a flat wall, but the key difference is that you will need to also consider the wall type, its degree of curviness, and stud placement.
The remainder of this article will discuss primary differences in curved and flat wall structures, as well as the process of mounting a TV on a curved wall and best practices to ensure the finished mount looks great in your space.
Curved Walls vs. Flat Walls
The main difference between a curved and flat wall is in their radius of curvature. A curved wall has a high radius of curvature, and its intensity is seen in the curved surface. Likewise, a flat wall has little or no radius of curvature, resulting in a flat surface.
The second difference between a curved and flat wall is the amount of separation between two consecutive studs behind the wall. A stud is one of the inner supporting layers of walls: they are usually made from wood. When it comes to mounting TVs or other large, heavy objects, studs are used as a sturdy base to hold them in place.
Flat walls have straight and linear stud arrangements. Studs are usually placed at an even 16 or 24 inches apart from one another. However, curved walls vary in stud orientation. Although they are also set between 16 or 24 inches apart, the distance between each stud may change, depending on the extent of the wall’s curve (Westlake Hardware).
For example, with flat walls, you may see studs arranged consistently. There is another stud placed every 18 inches along a wall. Curved walls, on the other hand, lack stud placement consistency. The first two studs may be 16 inches apart, while the next stud is 24 inches away.
The higher the degree of a wall’s curve, the harder it is to mount a TV. However, if you find an even stud placement at the right distance apart along a curve, you are in luck.
How to Mount a TV on a Curved Wall
The process of mounting a TV on a curved wall can be a bit more complicated than with a flat wall. In some cases, if you are unable to find an even stud placement, you might have to “correct the curvature” of the wall so that you can work around it.
Find the Studs within the Wall: Generally, studs within walls are placed every 16 or 24 inches apart. To see how your wall is oriented, you will need a stud finder to help you. Use the stud finder tool to identify where along the curved wall studs are currently placed and mark them with a pencil.
Measure the Curve: Next, you’ll need to measure the extent of the curve of your wall. To do this, place a straight ruler against the portion of the curved wall you plan on mounting your TV on. One end should be in contact with the wall. Ideally, this should be where a stud is located for mounting, while the other floats in front of the wall surface. Then, use a measuring tape to measure the difference (in inches) from the floating ruler end to the wall. The number you get is the wall’s radius of curvature.
Compensating for the Curve
To properly mount a TV on a curved wall, you will need to make sure you have the right length of screws/bolts that compensate for the radius of curvature. That way, when you install the mount on the wall, both sides will be connected to a stud along the curve. For example, four-inch bolts may be needed on the left side, while 5-inch bolts are required for the right. Note that the side with your floating ruler from earlier will need the longer bolts.
It is also important to mention that the radius of curvature you find should be added to the original mounting bolt length, not replace it. For instance, if your TV mounting kit came with 4-inch bolts, and the radius of curvature for your wall is 2 inches, you will need a 6-inch bolt.
After making the appropriate adjustments to the wall and finding the right placement for two consecutive sets of screws for the mounting bracket, the remainder of the process is similar to mounting a TV to a flat wall.
Attaching Brackets to Your TV
The kind of brackets you will use for your TV will depend on the brand and model. Some TVs come with a mounting set. Others need to be purchased separately, so make sure that you have all the right parts on hand before starting.
- Remove the base of the TV. If the TV has not yet been disassembled, remove the base (the part used to hold the TV up on a flat surface, such as a table). The base may be screwed into the bottom or simply snaps in and out of place. While you do this, make sure you lay the TV screen side down on a soft, flat surface, such as a bed or sofa.
- Search for the TV’s mounting holes. While the TV is faced down on the soft surface, look for four holes that can be found along its back. These holes will be used to attach the mounting bracket(s) to the TV.
- Attach the mounting bracket to the TV. Use the screws or bolts included with your TV’s mounting set to attach the mounting bracket. Make sure you use the correct bolts. The wrong ones may damage the TV’s holes and lead to a loose connection once it is mounted on the wall. Insert and tighten the bolts with your hand first before using a screwdriver to tighten them further. (Note: The reason why most mounted TVs fall off the wall after mounting is because of loose or weak bolts. Make sure all bolts are secure before you mount the TV).
Mounting the TV on the Curved Wall
Now that you have attached the mount to the TV, next, you’ll need to install the mounting bracket on the wall.
- Place the mounting bracket on the wall. First, have a friend or family member help you place and hold the bracket against the wall. Use a level to make sure it is even with the stud markings and level with the floor. Mark the sections where the bolts should screw in with a pencil.
- Use a drill to screw in the bolts through the bracket’s holes and into the wall’s studs, making sure the correct bolt sizes are going to the right spots.
- Connect the mount on the back of the TV with the bracket on the wall. Have a friend help you with this step as well. Make sure the attachments meet each other evenly and are adequately tightened.
The issue of mounting on a curved wall is reduced when the proper curvature measurements are calculated. The bracket on the wall must be straight to the highest degree.
It is advisable to use a stud finder to get the perfect position for the wall mountings. You can mount without studs, but it is risky as your TV may fall. Wall studs create the tighten molting.
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Giovanni Valle is an architect, designer, internet entrepreneur, and the managing editor of various digital publications including BuilderSpace, Your Own Architect, and Interiors Place. He is the founder of BuilderSpace LLC.