Mount a Flat Screen TV With Wall Anchors

Updated: Jun. 14, 2023

Use your basic DIY drywall skills to install this heavy-duty drywall anchor.

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Flat screen TVs are too heavy and too expensive to take chances with. If you can't catch the stud when you're hanging the bracket, there's only one wall anchor that's tough enough for the job. Here's how to mount a tv on drywall.

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Insert the anchor

Drill a 1 1/4-in. hole in the wall and insert the sleeve and anchor.

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Pull anchor tight

Pull the anchor against the back of the drywall with the pull tool, then screw the TV mounting bracket to it.

Flat screen TVs are heavy, and the bracket that holds them must be securely mounted to the wall. Unfortunately, studs are not always where we need them to be, and for this job, traditional anchors and toggle bolts tv mount are just not up to the task. However, Moen (yeah, the faucet company) developed a great wall anchor system for attaching bathroom grab bars. Now it offers a 150-lb.-rated SecureMount version for mounting flat screen TVs. Moen recommends these for fixed or pivoting but not swing-out mounts. We’ve tried them and they’re fabulous. Just drill a 1-1/4-in. hole, insert the sleeve and slide in the anchor piece. Pull it close to the wall with the disposable pull tool. It locks the anchor in place so you won’t lose it in the wall while you insert the screw.

Required Tools for this hanging a tv on drywall Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY hanging a tv on drywall project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Cordless drill
  • Hole saw kit

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • Moen SecureMount anchor