How to put TVs on fake walls

Updated February 21, 2017

Fake walls, or "false walls," are simply walls that do not bear the load of the structure they're built in. Because of the name, people are sometimes concerned about the reliability of placing their expensive television on a wall such as this. But provided your false wall was built with 5 by 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) studs and attached to the floor and ceiling properly (which most are), you should have no problem placing your television on it. Most walls are built with studs 40 to 60 cm (16 to 24 inches) apart, so you'll have a good "anchor" for your TV every 40 to 60 cm (16 to 24 inches).

Locate the studs in your wall. Experienced carpenters can do this by tapping on the wall and listening for a higher-pitched sound when they tap on the stud location, but if this is beyond you, use an electric stud finder. Mark the location of your studs with a pencil.

Purchase a television wall mount that will fit the size television you have. Mounts come with various configurations, including ones that tilt, swing or remain in one place. Whichever one you choose, it should have two vertical "arms" that can be placed at the appropriate distance apart in order to fit onto the studs in your wall. You can buy wall mounts where you bought your television, or online from a number of different retailers. Be sure your mount comes with hardware that will be long enough to screw through the drywall and into the studs of your wall.

Use a pencil to mark the desired location for your television and the mount. Each of the vertical arms of your mount should be screwed into a stud, so keep this in mind as you determine proper placement. Use a level to ensure you don't mount the television crooked.

Secure the vertical mounting arms to your television by unscrewing the mounting screws from the back of your television, placing the vertical mounting arms in place, and replacing the TV mounting screws.

Secure the mounting plate to the wall by holding the mounting plate on the wall and securing bolts into the stud locations you marked.

Get a friend to help you hang the television on the wall by sliding the vertical mounting bars onto the mounting plate. Test the mount before letting go of the television.


To hide any unsightly cords from your television and accompanying electronics, you could cut a small circular hole into the wall just below the mount, and another one near the closest electrical socket. Then thread your cords into the top hole and out the lower hole, to be plugged into the outlet.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder or hammer
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Screwdriver or drill
  • Mounting plate
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Nicole Vulcan has been a journalist since 1997, covering parenting and fitness for The Oregonian, careers for CareerAddict, and travel, gardening and fitness for Black Hills Woman and other publications. Vulcan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from the University of Minnesota. She's also a lifelong athlete and is pursuing certification as a personal trainer.