Things to consider before mounting your Samsung TV on the wall

TV mounted on a wall

Getting your TV or gaming screen up on the wall gives you more space, a better view, and keeps it out of reach of children or pets. But before you begin, you may be wondering: where is the best place to mount my TV, what mounts, bolts, or screws work with my Odyssey Ark, where can I buy replacement screws, and finally... how do I mount my TV? We'll help you find the answer to all of the above and more. You can visit Samsung's accessories page to purchase wall mounts or Samsung Parts to purchase replacement screws.

Where to mount the TV

These days, TVs are in almost every room in the house. Choosing whether to mount the TV or leave it on its stand is going to depend on the room and personal preference. Keep these factors in mind as you make your decision.

Viewing distance

To calculate the proper viewing distance, take your TV's size and divide it by .55. For instance, the recommended distance to sit away from a 60-inch TV would be 109 inches. If you have less space than that, you'll want a smaller TV. In cramped environments, bigger is not always better.

Person watching TV mounted on the wall

Structural integrity

Your TV is heavy, and the wall you choose for mounting must be able to support it. Your wall mount should be attached to a stud. In most cases, this won't be a problem, but depending on the house, you may find that the space between studs makes it difficult to mount a TV. If you don't attach the mount to a stud, you can use drywall anchors (toggle bolts), but you need to make sure the wall can hold the weight of the TV.

Mounting your TV above a fireplace

We do not recommend mounting your TV over a fireplace. Your primary concern will be the heat; Samsung TVs should never exceed 104°F. Before you even think of mounting a TV above your fireplace, light a fire and check the temperature first.

If you have a wood-burning fireplaces, ash could accumulate on the TV and its vents. You may be cleaning the TV much more often because of it.

Also keep in mind that if you mount your TV above a fireplace, it will be well above eye level when you're sitting down. Consider getting a mount that can be angled to make it easier on your neck.

And finally, don't forget about your devices. Do you really want a cable box, game console, or Roku sitting on your mantle next to your family photos?

Putting a TV in the bathroom

In general, you should not put your Samsung TV in extremely hot, cold, humid, or dusty places. Consequently, we recommend that you do not install your Samsung TV in a bathroom or any other room with high humidity.

Finding a place for your cable box, Xbox, and other boxes... (Blu-ray player, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, etc.)

If you're only going to connect your TV to Wi-Fi and stream content, you just have to worry about the power cord. If you want to connect any external devices, you'll need a plan to corral that mass of cords hanging from the TV.

Many of our TVs have a One Connect box that connects devices to the TV with one very small wire. For everything else, consider getting some in-wall rated cables and a kit that allows you to run all your cords through the wall to your devices.

How high to mount the TV

Height may be the most important thing to consider when you mount your TV. First, think about the room itself. Is the TV going in your living room, a home bar, or a game room? If you are going to be watching from bar stools, then it needs to be mounted high enough for comfortable viewing from that height. But if you'll be standing around a pool table and watching TV, you'll want to mount it even higher since you will watch it primarily while standing. You may also want the option to angle it down, if you decide to sit.

If you are mounting your TV in a living room, it's a good idea to sit in your favorite spot and have a friend measure the distance from the floor to your eye level. If that's too much trouble, you can mount your TV 42 inches from the floor to the center of the TV. This should meet the approximate eye level of someone who is 5 feet 6 inches tall and sitting on a standard couch. Of course, you can mount it a little lower if needed, based on the viewers' height.

TV mounted on the wall

Note: Make sure you don't forget the piece of furniture you may be placing under your TV. Depending on the size of your TV, the default height of 42 inches may not allow enough space for a table or cabinet. If not, mount the TV about 4 to 6 inches above the furniture. (This is about the same height you would hang a mirror above a dresser.)

Compatible wall mounts

Samsung TVs are VESA compliant and work with any wall mount that is also VESA compliant and designed for the TV's size. We have several wall mounts available on our Accessories page. The best part is that the wall mount you purchase comes with all of the screws, spacers, and washers that you need to install it. The following information can help you determine what kind of mount you should get based on the size of your TV.

Note: For information specific to your model, see the user manual for your TV.

Please see the list below for VESA bolt patterns in millimeters (A and B):

  • 100 by 100 (usually 19 - 22 inch TVs)

  • 200 by 100 (usually 23 - 29 inch TVs)

  • 200 by 200 (usually 30 - 43 inch TVs) 

  • 400 by 400 (usually 46 - 75 inch TVs)

  • 600 by 400 (usually 75 inch or larger)

VESA Bolt patterns in wall mounts

Replacement wall mount screws

It's always best to make sure you have the right mount for the size and style of your TV and to use the screws that are included with the mount. However, if you ever need replacement screws, you can purchase them from Samsung Parts. There are also universal TV mounting screw kits available from Amazon that include wall mount screws in every size.

How to mount your TV

Now you're ready to mount your TV. While this can be a fairly easy DIY project, please don't do it all by yourself! Make sure you have someone to help you when it comes time to lift the TV. If at any time you don't feel comfortable completing this project, there are many professional options available.

Tools needed

These are the tools you'll need, with links to suggested examples:

Install a standard wall mount

There are many different wall mount options available, but as long as you follow the instructions that come with your wall mount, and you're comfortable using common household tools (screwdriver, tape measure, drill, etc.), installing the wall mount should prove to be a fairly simple task. Of course, many hands make light work, so having a friend to assist you will really make mounting your TV a breeze. 

Install a No Gap Wall Mount

When selecting a mounting kit, pay close attention to its depth. Samsung No Gap Wall Mounts, which are exclusively for the QLED or Frame TVs, allow it to fit snuggly to the wall but still leave enough room to ventilate the TV. They also allow for leveling the TV after it is mounted.

Install the Mini Wall Mount

Samsung Mini Wall Mounts have a profile between 0.7 and 1.6 inches, which is enough to ventilate the TV without making its profile the center of attention in a small room. They also allow for leveling the TV after hanging and include a leg that you can use to angle the TV away from the wall for access to the connections.

Mount the 2021 Frame TV without a template

The 2021 Frame TV includes a wall mount with two brackets that need to be attached to the wall at a specific distance depending on the screen size. This video shows you how to space the brackets and mark their location using a piece of cardboard.

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