Condo Wall Studs types – Can I hang a tv on my razor thin condo walls?
Can I mount my TV on a thin condo wall?
10 STEP GUIDE BELOW, 5 videos on the right. ENJOY!!!!
Firstly we have to understand the three kind of walls that you will find in a condo.
I am referring to walls that have a layer of drywall on it. If it is a concrete wall it’s pretty straight forward and you would know this by looking at it. The surface will be grey just like any concrete flooring.
A. Most internal wall (walls within your condo unit) wall thickness are 3 inches with 2 “ metal studs with 1/2 drywall on both sides of the metal studs . This is the wall type that I am going to help you with and the only TV wall mount that will work with this kind of wall is made by Condomounts.
You can either mount your TV directly on the drywall or go through the metal studs. The Elephant toggle drywall/plasterboard anchors provided in this kit are rated for 200lbs each. You have to use 4 of them to have a secure install. It’s very safe to Mount your tv just on drywall using a fixed tv mount or tilt Tv mount. If you are planning to use a Tv mount with an Arm then you have the go through the metal stud and the same 200lbs anchors can be used but you will need to identify the steel/metal stud and drill through it to insert the anchors.
B. Thicker wall which are 10” or more are made of concrete and layered with drywall. These wall can be internal walls or external walls. Internal walls are wall dividing rooms within your unit and external walls are walls you share with your neighbors or outside the house.
C. The other type of wall is the double layer drywall. This type of wall is always between your your unit and your neighbors or an outside wall. To mount TV s on this wall you can use the condomounts metal stud mounts or steel stud mounting kit bit you might need longer screws.
These are some Options if you dont have a wall mount already. If you have a wall mount see on the right or below for links to the steel stud mounting kit that will make your live much easier.
Why do I have Metal/Steel Studs?
Do you live in a condo or work in an office and want to mount your TV to the wall?
You are 90% going to be working with metal studs, don’t get discouraged. These types of buildings usually have metal studs for many good reasons. E.g Wood Studs are less a fire hazard then metal studs. Metal studs are also easier to tear down and cheaper to build partitions with. Imagine those tall large office buildings with lots of woods. It could be a disaster when it catches on fire.
Can I mount a TV on a Metal/Steel stud Wall without Professional tools?
It is very possible to mount a television to metal studs yourself, as you do it properly and have the right anchors. We recommend the Elephant anchors which is a variation of a toggle bolt.
Look at the zoom circle in this picture and think about how these anchors got to where they are. You can choose to either to mount directly to the drywall using or through the metal studs. Clarification is provided in the steps below.
Mounting TV to Metal Stud Wall
We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you mount your TV with metal studs and to give you the confidence that your television won’t fall off the wall.
Step 1: Purchase the Elephant Anchors(50Pack) or the Condomounts Metal Stud Mounting Kit
If you are doing it once it is worth to buy the Condomounts Mounting Kit. The reason being it comes with a drill bit, anchors and screws. If you buy them separately they cost more. Take a close look at the the drill bit supplied, it is titanium coated(last longer) and has a pilot head that cuts through metal faster. If you are a contractor/tv mounting professional its worth to buy the 50pack+screws+drill bit.
If you dont have a TV Mount and Want to buy one with the kit included then you can get this.
If you already have an existing TV mount you can purchased the Condomounts Metal/Steel stud Mounting Kit instead of the entire mount. Or you can just purchase a big box of 50 Elephant anchors.
The type of anchors you need is an anchor that created a nut kind mechanism behind the wall. These anchors are called toggle bolts. There any many variations you can get as toggle bolts but some of them are just to hard to work with. The type you want to get is the Elephant anchors, These are the improved version of the toggle bolts and are 5 times faster to install then the original toggle bolts. Below is the picture.
Step 2. Mark the position of your TV.
Use painters tape and mark borders based on the size of your TV. This will give you a visual idea of the height of your tv and whether you are comfortable with the positioning when viewing from your couch or bed. Please see this video which explains more about the perfect height for your TV.
how to position your tv before mounting on metal studs walls
Step 3. Find the stud
Use a magnetic stud finder or any stud finder you have to mark the position of the studs.
Sonia stud finder to find metal studs
Step 4. Determine whether you want mount on the stud or just the drywall. (mount to 4 mounting points on your wall)
Depending on the TV mount you have and the weight of your TV decide whether you want to mount on the stud or on the drywall. These anchors work in both scenarios.
Fixed of Tilt Mount ( TV below 65″ or 65lbs – can be mounted directly to drywall using elephant anchors)
If you have a tilt or fixed mount, which are TV mounts WITHOUT an arm, you can skip the studs and mount directly on the drywall.
To be extra safe you can you can mount to one metal stud instead of two metal studs.
Mount with Arm (mount through metal studs is a MUST)
If you are using a mount with an arm(full motion, swivel, articulating) , you have to go through the metal stud for the safest installation. Preferably you want to use a TV mount with a wide back plate that can span across two studs instead of a single stud mount. If your TV is heavier than 60 pounds use a tilt or fix bracket instead of a mount with an arm.
As a rule of thumb, we would suggest that if you are mounting anything above 60lbs mount at least one point into the metal stud.
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Step 5. Mark the position of the wall mount
Based on the positioning of your TV as marked with your tape. hold the tv mounting plate to the wall and mark the holes.
Step 6. Drill the 1/2″ holes
Use a 1/2″ drill bit for the elephant anchors or any other toggle bolt you have.
drilling through metal stud
Step 7. Insert Elephant Anchor.
Insert toggle anchors through studs.
insert elephant anchors through metal studs
Step 8. Tighten Elephant Anchor.
tightening elephant anchor
Step 9. Mount tv wall mount to metal studs
attach wall mount to wall and thread in bolts into elephant anchors
Step 10. Tightening all 4 anchors
tightening elephant anchors toggle bolts to wall
Step 10. Mount TV to Metal Stud wall.
mounting tv to metal stud walls
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