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What Size Screws To Mount A Samsung TV

Mounting your Samsung TV is an ideal way to save some space in the area where it is situated. But the last thing you want is for it to fall down due to the wrong screw size. We've researched what size of screw you should use when you hang your television and here is what we found out:

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The screws you should use when you mount your Samsung TV will depend on the size of the TV itself and on its screen size. If the TV is 22 inches and below, you will need an M4x25mm screw. For TVs that are 30 to 40 inches long, use an M6x16mm. M6x40mm screws can hold a 43 to 88-inch Samsung TV. 

Now that you know which screws to use, you must be wondering how to properly install the TV. That is exactly what we are about to teach you. We will also discuss the things you should consider before mounting your appliance to be sure that everything is safe, so keep on reading. 

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Mounting A Samsung TV

The size of the screw you will use also depends on the VESA size of the TV's mounting bracket. VESA is the standard measurement of the mounting holes' distance from each other in millimeters. It helps you determine the right amount and screw sizes for the television to make sure it is safely hung up and will remain sturdy. 

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The majority of  Samsung TVs are designed by VESA standards. You will know if yours is VESA compatible if you see four pre-drilled holes at the back of your TV intended for mounting. To know what the VESA size of your TV is, you can check the user manual or manually get the measurement. 

Knowing the VESA size of your TV to determine which wall mount is right for its weight is important since mounting kits usually come with the right screws, spaces, and washers you will need. However, if you are missing screw pieces, universal TV mounting screws are available on the market. 

Check out this TV mounting screw kit on Amazon.

Measuring VESA Size Manually

To do this, you will need a tape measure or any measurement tool. Position it horizontally (left to right) and get the length from the holes' point to point. Do the same process vertically (top to bottom).

Take note of the measurements and do not forget that they should be in millimeters. If you are using an inch-base ruler, you will need to convert the measurements to millimeter units. 

For example:

Horizontal distance = 600 mm

Vertical distance = 400 mm 

This means your VESA size is 600 x 400.

Knowing VESA Size Using User's Manual

If you are getting the measurement from the user's manual, you might encounter letters and numbers which may confuse you. Here is how you can interpret those variations and what they are for. It may look confusing, but it isn't!

Let's take VESA MIS-D 100 x 100 as an example. To give you a better understanding, below are the meanings of the acronyms. 

  • VESA - Video Electronics Standards Association
  • MIS - Mounting Interface Standard
  • D - level of the standard used

By knowing this, you might have an idea that MIS-D means that the display uses D-standard. Meanwhile, as we've learned earlier, the 100 x 100 indicates the distance of left to right and top to bottom in millimeters. 

To give you an overview of the VESA size according to the Samsung TV length, look at the list given below. 

  • 19 to 22-inch: 100 x 100
  • 23 to 29-inch: 200 x 100
  • 30 to 43-inch: 200 x 200
  • 46 to 75-inch: 400 x 400
  • Above 75-inch: 600 x 400

Now that you know which screw and wall mount size you will need, there are things that you should consider first before mounting your TV.  This is a crucial part since you should know that you can't just hang it anywhere.

Before we teach you how to mount your TV, we will first walk you through the points below to guide you in completing this task. The pointers will help you figure out where you should locate your TV:

  • How far you should be from the TV
  • Walls that can support mounted TV
  • Where you can't mount your TV

Places To Hang Your TV

One of the primary things you should consider is where you will situate the television. It is not just a matter of where you want it to be, but where it is applicable to be mounted. Take note of these factors before deciding. 

Space That Is Big Enough For Viewing

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Even if you have enough wall area for the size of your TV, the floor area is equally important. This is because your distance from the television can affect your viewing experience.

Samsung recommends a certain distance that is ideal depending on your TV's size. All you need to do is to calculate that using their given formula:

Screen Size (in inches)  x 1.2 = recommended viewing distance in inches

For example, if you have a 65-inch TV, you will multiply that by 1.2. Next, you will have to convert the unit into meters or feet. So,

65 (TV Size) x 1.2 = 78 inches 

Your sofa or chair should be 2.0 meters (6.5 feet) away from the television.

In Walls Which Can Support Your Tv's Weight

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There are two common types of walls—brick and wall stud. Either way, your wall mount should be pinned to a stud. So you will need to find a wall with studs installed in it to hold up to 80 to 100 pounds—enough to support your TV's weight. 

Other considerations

While you may find the area that fits the recommended distance and wall strength, you need to consider these factors which may not allow you to hang the TV there . 

  • If the spot's temperature is high, do not place the TV there. Samsung TVs should not exceed heat that is 104° F or more, as it can cause damage to the electronics.
  • Samsung TVs should not be installed in areas with high humidity.

How High Should The TV Be Mounted

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The default height is that the center part of the TV should be 42 inches above the floor. However, this may vary depending on where you will put it and the setup for watching. For instance, you will need to mount the TV higher if the audience will watch it while standing. 

However, if you are planning to put it in an area where you will sit, like in the living room, you can get the perfect height by measuring the distance between the floor and your eyes while sitting. From there, you will know how high the TV should be. 

Want to read more about this? Check out this article: Does The Couch Have To Face The TV?

How To Mount Your TV

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While this can be a DIY task, you will still need extra hands for support. Remember, no matter how thin a Samsung TV is, it might still be too big and heavy for a single person to hang. Below is the step-by-step procedure for mounting your TV on the wall. 

  • Step 1. Determine where you will locate the TV.
  • Step 2. Using a stud finder, locate the studs in the wall and mark them using a pencil. 

Check out this stud finder on Amazon. 

  • Step 3. Position the mount in a straight line. You can use a level to make sure it is aligned perfectly. 
  • Step 4. Mark the spots through the mount's holes where you will drill the mounting screws.
  • Step 5. Put the mount aside and drill the holes. 
  • Step 6. Attach the mounting bracket. Make sure it is screwed in securely.
  • Step 7. Start attaching the mounting rails/plate at the back of the TV with the right screw size.
  • Step 8. Ask for help with this step. You will now carry the TV and align the rails/plate and the bracket with each other. Once you are certain they are leveled, start connecting them. 

The last step may vary depending on the instructions given by the manufacturer. So make sure you read them carefully. 

Want to spice up the space around your TV? Get some ideas on how to do that here: How To Decorate Around A Mounted TV

To Wrap It Up

After you've successfully mounted your Samsung TV, make sure to clean the area afterward. Also, keep the TV clean by including it in your weekly dusting. You can now enjoy watching your mounted television. Happy viewing!