How to Mount a TV on a Brick Wall
This might be a familiar scenario: you move into a new apartment or home with the perfect spot for the living room and TV area. The only problem is, the wall opposite the couch is masonry. After picking the right TV for the room, you might opt to place it on top of a media console, but if the TV is too large, you could create an undesirable, or even precarious, TV-viewing experience.
You can’t help but feel that mounting your TV on the masonry would solve many of these issues, but you aren’t sure just how to mount a tv on a brick wall. Luckily, with the right TV wall mount, some safety precautions, the right tools or some help from an installer, you can create the perfect TV-viewing experience no matter how your living room’s walls are constructed.
Can You Mount a TV on Brick?
First things first, you can mount a TV on brick. Many people don’t realize that mounting a TV on brick — or even a concrete wall — is a possibility so they do not take advantage of the prime location for a television. Whether you are mounting a TV on brick above a fireplace or just the living room brick wall, your TV will have a comfortable home amongst the facade of dried clay blocks.
Before you begin mounting a TV on brick, it is not only important to have all of the necessary tools and complementary accessories, but also to figure out how high to mount the TV. Typically, the center of the TV should sit just above eye level, so a 55” TV will sit 61” from the floor while a 70” TV will sit 67” from the floor.
If you’ve been searching for a mount that can pull down to eye-level and is capable of being mounted on brick or stone, MantelMount is an option worthy of consideration. Our MantelMount kits come with concrete anchors and specific instructions in the box in the event of this sort of installation.
After you’ve established the location, you’ll need to determine if the masonry is strong enough to hold the weight of your TV set up. Typically, the brick or stone used in the wall needs to be several inches thick and able to hold five times the weight of the TV and the TV mount in order for it to be safely secured to a brick wall. We highly recommend working with a masonry expert to establish the wall’s strength. Once you’ve thoroughly examined the wall, you can gather the necessary materials should you decide to tackle the project yourself.
What Is the Best TV Mount for a Brick Wall?
Although MantelMount cannot recommend a specific TV mount for your home — as each household might have a different television and each individual brick wall will have its own characteristics and possible quirks — we can spell out the available options and which might be the best TV mount for your brick wall.
While all MantelMounts can be mounted on masonry or standard drywall, our "house pick" is the MM700 Pro Pull Down TV Mount, perfect for TVs ranging from 30 lbs to 115 lbs. As long as your masonry supports 5 times the weight of the TV and TV mount combined and you use our provided concrete anchors, you should be in good shape. If you are unsure about the strength of your masony, please consult a professional contractor before attempting this installation.
Now if you’re mounting a TV on brick or stone that you know is less sturdy — such as thin brick facades or simulated stone panels — you can pair the MM700 Pro Mount with the AB40 Adapter Bracket. The AB40 Bracket will provide the sufficient pass-through support needed for the mount on thinner stone or brick. If you are installing our MM340 Standard Pull Down TV Mount or the MM540 Enhanced Pull Down TV Mount on a thin brick or simulated stone panel, those models would require both the AB40 Adapter Bracket and also the SSB40 Single Stud Wall Adapter.
If you’re unsure about mounting a TV on a brick wall, keep in mind that MantelMount TV Wall Mounts are one of the best TV mounts for brick and stone because they come in a variety of sizes and feature-sets, and include a smooth pull down mechanism that makes it possible to create a seamless TV-viewing experience. If your ultimate decision is to use a MantelMount product for your brick or stone wall, please study our thorough and detailed installation instructions, and don’t hesitate to contact support with questions.
What Tools do I need to Mount a TV Onto Brick?
Just as establishing the strength of the wall is a key step in mounting a TV on brick, it’s also highly recommended to use the right tools for the job. This will help reduce the possibility of damaging your brick wall and also ensure your TV is securely and safely mounted.
As a preliminary step, you will need to know the specs of the TV mount you’re choosing in order to select the right size screws, washers, and bolts. Once you know the specs of your mount, you’ll also need:
- Painter’s tape
- Tape measure
- A level
- Concrete anchors and lag bolts - these items come in every MantelMount box
- Concrete screws and washers
- Drill with a hammer drill function
- Concrete drill bit
- Socket adapter, ratchet, or rubber mallet
Once you gather your materials, the first thing you’ll want to do to prepare your brick wall for your living room TV is mark the location on the wall where you are going to drill. With your tape measure, measure on the wall where the center of the TV will sit (60” - 67”) and create a mark. On your TV mount, measure the distance between the center and the bottom of the mount. This measurement is what you’ll use to mark on the wall where the bottom of the mount will go and plot out the drill holes for the mount’s slats. Once you’ve marked each screw hole on the wall, you can prepare your installation materials.
3 Easy Steps: Mounting a TV on a Brick Wall
Step 1. Drill
You will need to choose the concrete drill bit that fits the anchors and screws you’ll be using for your brick wall. A ¼” drill bit will typically be the right size for the job, but sizing will vary based on the individual specs of your TV mount. If any of your screw holes line up with mortar, adjust accordingly so you can anchor the screw at least half an inch from the brick’s edges into the brick.
Select the hammer drill setting on your drill and create holes in the masonry at each spot you’ve marked on the wall for your TV mount slats. You’ll likely only need to drill 2.25” - 2.5” into the wall to secure the mount. You can mark this spot on your drill with a piece of painter’s tape for accuracy.
Step 2. Insert Anchors
After you drill, use a vacuum or shop vac nozzle to clear out the freshly drilled holes. If you’re adding anchors, clearing out dust will allow the anchor to sit flush with the wall and offer support to your screws. Knock the anchors gently into place with a rubber mallet.
Step 3. Install the Bracket
Now it’s time to mount the bracket into the masonry with your concrete screws. Place the bracket on the wall so the slats line up with the drill holes and anchors. Next, add washers to your concrete screws and thread them through the TV mount slats.
Secure one screw into place with the socket adapter on your drill or the appropriately sized ratchet and use your level to ensure the bracket isn’t crooked. Then, once your bracket is straight, tighten the rest of the screws. Then, all that’s left to do is install your TV onto the bracket.
While MantelMount has a far more detailed installation process than the steps outlined above, one advantage of using MantelMount products when it comes to mounting a TV on brick is that our friendly and experienced customer service professionals are a great resource to help guide you through the (sometimes) tricky process.
Since you are now safe in the knowledge of some of the best TV mounts for a brick wall and how to mount a TV to a brick wall, stop staring at your empty living room facade and start living the dream with a MantelMount pull down TV mount secured to your brick wall.