Can You Mount A TV On The Wall Without Drilling?

Chloe Meltzer
by Chloe Meltzer
Apartment living and temporary housing is very popular, but sometimes it doesn’t always feel like home. You can’t permanently drill into walls or add your own touch without damaging the space. Follow along as we explore how you can mount a TV without drilling a hole using mounting brackets.

Mounting a TV on your wall is not complicated and can be done very quickly. The only problem with mounting your TV on the wall is that it can often damage it. Whether you are a renter, don’t have a drill, or want to save your wall, you will need to learn how to mount without drilling. Another essential aspect to consider when mounting a TV is safety. You do not want your TV to fall off the wall suddenly.

The best way to go mounting a TV without drilling is to purchase a bracket, use a drywall anchor, and a screwdriver instead of a drill. In this guide, you will learn how to mount a TV without having to drill holes into your wall.

In this article, we will provide everything you need to know, including step by step instructions so that you can mount your TV without drilling.

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What You Will Need

  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Drywall anchors
  • Hammer or rubber mallet
  • Stud finder or magnet
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Leveler
  • TV mounting bracket

Step 1: Figure Out The Placement

Before purchasing your bracket, you will need to decide where you plan to mount your TV. Take into consideration how much your TV weighs and how much the bracket can hold as well.

Choosing your placement is dependent on where you find a stud. If you cannot find a stud on the wall you plan to mount on; then you will most likely not be able to mount your TV there.

Choosing the type of wall to mount your TV on is also essential. Although brick or cement walls are sturdy, they will be extremely challenging to install a TV on. In this case, you will most likely want to purchase a TV stand instead.

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Step 2: Choosing A Bracket

Before mounting your TV, you will need to choose a bracket. The bracket will attach to both the TV and the wall. It keeps your TV secure as well as in place. When selecting a bracket, you will need to confirm that it can hold the weight of your TV. There are also different options for fixed, tilting, full-motion, and even corner TV mounts.

Step 3: Measuring Your Space

Measure both your TV as well as the bracket. Take your tape, and lay it down so you will be able to visualize where you plan to put your mount. When placing your tap, use the leveler to make sure it is straight.

It’s a good idea to measure at least two different times so that you can check accuracy. If you get two different measurements, then take a third measurement. This will ensure that you have the most accurate numbers to go by when installing.

Step 4: Use A Stud Finder

Now you will need to find your studs in order to avoid them. The stud is a sturdy part inside the wall. If you do not have a stud finder, you can always use a magnet instead. Once you find the studs, you should try to avoid them so that you do not place your drywall anchors on them.

Step 5: Installing The Drywall Anchors

Many different drywall anchors are available that can support anywhere from 10 lbs. to 100 lbs. If your TV and mount equal anything up to 25lbs, then you can use self-drilling threaded anchors. For anything up to 50lbs, you can use molly bolts or toggle bolts. If it is above 100lbs, you should be screwing it into an actual stud. Be careful using drywall anchors with anything above 100lbs as they may not hold.

Using the drywall anchor is simple but different for every type of anchor, but for hanging a modern TV, you should be okay with threaded anchors.

Installing Threaded Anchors

  • Take either a rubber mallet or hammer and lightly tap the anchor into the wall.
  • Tap it in until you get to the threads.
  • Use a screwdriver to screw the anchor into the wall
  • Screw it into the wall until it is flush with the drywall.
  • Set the screw to the depth you want with your screwdriver.
  • The anchor will expand into the drywall.

Step 5: Place The Bracket

Now that you have your anchors in place, it is time to place your bracket on the wall. They should have two spaces for the screws to slide into. Make sure to use the leveler once you place your bracket and make sure it is even. If it’s not, then you’ll need to adjust one of the sides and possibly take out the screws to do so.

Sometimes you can loosen the screw just a little bit to slide the bracket. Once you’ve slid the bracket into the position, you will then need to tighten the screw back into place.

Step 6: Placing The TV

Now that you have installed the bracket, it is time to place your TV. If your TV is over 60” then you may way to do this with a friend. If your TV is only on the smaller side or simply light, then you may be able to handle it on your own.

Depending on your mount, you will either hang your TV on screws within the mount or screw screws into the back of your TV. Check to see that everything is tight if it needs to be.

Then, step back and admire your work. Congratulations, you have mounted your TV without using a drill.


If you do not feel like putting holes into your wall at all, then there are a few alternatives.

Standing Wall Mount

Although it looks similar to a wall mount, the main difference is that it physically stands on the ground. There will be a bit of a different look because there is a small pole running down the center behind the TV, reaching the ground. Despite this, there are various types of standing wall mounts, all that can be matched to your home’s decor.

You’ll need a good amount of space to stand your wall mount. However, these are preferred by most people as it adds a nice look to your TV space as well and can be very pleasing to the eyes.

Set It On A Cabinet

If the room where you would like to place your TV has no wall space but rather windows, then you can set the TV on top of a cabinet. Place it opposite the sitting space, and hide the cables of the TV in your cabinets.

You can also use your TV as a line between the dining and living space. It can separate the spaces and add a bit of privacy to each house section, even if lacking walls. Or, if you have a dining room bar that you don’t use very often, you can set it there instead and over the table to the side. This will serve as a great place to put your TV, and it will give the illusion that your living room is larger than it really is.

On Top Of A Fireplace

Although not everyone haves this option, if you do happen to have a fireplace, then it is a great option. It can even add an elegant look to your living room. During the winter you can enjoy your television and watch TV at the same time.

When setting it on top of a fireplace, you will want to make sure that you staple the cords to the wall so that they don’t get heat damage when you’re lighting fires. If you don’t use your fireplace, then this isn’t something you need to pay attention to.

Furthermore, you might want to find a way to secure your TV to the wall at the very least. Most fireplace mantles are narrow and need the extra support. However, if you wish, you can always build the fireplace mantle out to give a few extra inches to support your TV.

Related Questions

If I do not have a hammer, will I be able to use this method?

Even if you do not have a hammer, you can just use another hard object to install your drywall anchors.

What type of TV mounting bracket should I look for?

There are many different types of TV mounting brackets, and some are better than others. You should try to look for one that has a few characteristics.

  • Carries the weight of the TV you are mounting
  • Ships with the hardware you need to install it
  • Specifically designed to be used with wall anchors
  • Allows for tilting, panning, and extension to find the perfect viewing angle.

Will I make holes in my wall if I use drywall anchors?

You will make small holes, but these will do far less damage than if you drilled into the studs.

How do I patch these holes?

You can patch these holes by getting two items, toothpaste and repair sealant. First, place the toothpaste into the hole and make it flush with the wall. Then, add your repair sealant and paint if necessary.

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Our Takeaway

If you don’t have a drill, but you need to install your TV mount, then there’s no need to worry. There’s plenty of ways to mount your TV without the use of a drill. Choose the best method for you, and always ensure the sturdiness of your TV before considering a job finished.

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Chloe Meltzer
Chloe Meltzer

Real estate agent and copywriter, originally from California. Chloe brings her real estate expertise into her writing to create effective and helpful home guides for you! When not writing or selling homes, she spends her time as a digital nomad traveling the world.

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