Having a full-motion TV mount can be a great way to enhance your viewing experience at home. Unlike stationary mounts, a full-motion mount allows you to adjust your TV’s viewing angle, pivot it around the room, and even extend it outwards for a better view. The best part? You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to purchase one. In this article, we will show you how to make a full-motion TV mount at home.
Gathering the Necessary Materials and Tools
To start, gather all the materials and tools required for this project. You will need a flat metal plate, metal rods, bearings, hinge pins, bolts, steel wire, screws, and various hand tools such as drill bits, pliers, and a saw.
It is important to ensure that all the materials are of high quality and suitable for the project. The metal plate should be thick enough to support the weight it will bear, and the metal rods should be strong enough to withstand the pressure. The bearings should be smooth and well-lubricated, and the hinge pins should fit snugly into place. Additionally, it is recommended to wear protective gear such as gloves and safety glasses while working with metal and power tools.
Measuring and Planning the Mounting Area
Before you start, measure the area where you want to install your full-motion TV mount. Make sure to take accurate measurements to ensure a perfect fit. Once you have measurements, sketch an outline of the mount on a piece of paper. Plan the design by deciding on the motion range (how far it will extend, pivot, or rotate) and the weight capacity of the mount.
It is also important to consider the type of wall you will be mounting the TV on. Different types of walls require different mounting hardware, so be sure to choose the appropriate hardware for your wall type. Additionally, you should check for any potential obstructions in the mounting area, such as electrical outlets or light switches, and plan accordingly to avoid any issues during installation.
Another factor to consider is the viewing angle of the TV. Take into account the height of the TV and the distance from the viewing area to ensure a comfortable viewing experience. You may also want to consider cable management options to keep cords and cables organized and out of sight.
Cutting and Prepping the Mounting Plate
Now, it’s time to prepare the mounting plate. Use a saw to cut the metal plate into the size and shape according to your design. You can use a grinder to smooth out any sharp edges. Once you have the plate’s shape, use a drill to create holes in the plate and attach the metal rods that will support the TV arm.
Before attaching the metal rods, it’s important to measure and mark the exact placement of the holes. This will ensure that the TV arm is securely attached to the plate and won’t wobble or come loose. You can use a ruler or measuring tape to mark the spots where the holes will be drilled.
Additionally, if you plan on mounting the TV arm to a wall, it’s important to use the appropriate hardware and follow proper installation procedures. Make sure to locate the studs in the wall and use screws that are long enough to securely anchor the mounting plate to the wall. It’s also a good idea to have a helper hold the mounting plate in place while you attach it to the wall.
Assembling the Pivot Arm and Extension Arms
Next, it’s time to build the pivot arm and extension arms. Cut two pieces of steel wire and bend them into “U” shapes. Slide them through the bearings and attach the hinge pins. This will create an arm that pivots smoothly. Repeat this step, but this time attach the extension arms. The extension arms should have a length of the arm’s range of motion, and you should attach them to the pivot arm using the bolts.
Once you have attached the extension arms to the pivot arm, you can begin to add the necessary components to complete the assembly. First, attach the motor to the pivot arm using screws and bolts. Make sure the motor is securely fastened and aligned with the arm. Next, attach the control board to the motor and connect the wires according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Finally, test the pivot arm and extension arms to ensure they are functioning properly. Move the arm through its full range of motion and check for any resistance or binding. If everything is working correctly, you can move on to the next step in the assembly process.
Attaching the Mounting Plate to the Wall
With the pivot arm and extension arm assembled, it’s time to attach the mounting plate to the wall. First, find a sturdy wall stud. Then drill holes in the plate and use screws to attach it to the stud. Make sure to use long screws and anchor them securely to prevent the mount from falling off the wall.
It’s important to ensure that the mounting plate is level before attaching it to the wall. Use a level to check that the plate is straight and adjust as necessary. Once the plate is level, mark the location of the holes on the wall with a pencil. Double-check the placement of the holes before drilling to avoid any mistakes. After the plate is securely attached to the wall, test the mount by gently pulling on it to make sure it’s stable and won’t come loose.
Mounting the Pivot Arm and Extension Arms to the Plate
Now that you’ve attached the mounting plate, you can proceed to mount the pivot arm and extension arms to the plate. Slide the pivot arm over the rods attached to the plate and secure it firmly. Use bolts to attach the extension arms to the pivot arm. Make sure to tighten the bolts securely.
It’s important to note that the length of the extension arms can affect the stability of the pivot arm. If the extension arms are too long, they can create a lever effect that puts too much stress on the pivot arm and the mounting plate. To ensure the stability of the entire assembly, it’s recommended to use extension arms that are no longer than the pivot arm itself. This will distribute the weight evenly and prevent any unnecessary stress on the components.
Testing and Adjusting the Full Motion TV Mount
Once the mount is assembled, test it to ensure it is safe and operates as intended. Make any necessary adjustments to any loose bolts or hinges. If all is well, attach the TV to the end of the extension arm and test once more, adjusting as necessary.
It is important to note that the weight of the TV should not exceed the weight limit specified by the manufacturer. Exceeding this limit can cause the mount to fail and potentially damage the TV or injure someone. Always double-check the weight limit and ensure that the TV is securely attached to the mount before use.
Finishing Touches: Painting or Staining Your Mount
Now that your full-motion TV mount is complete, you can paint it to match your decor or leave it as is.
If you choose to paint your mount, make sure to use a paint that is suitable for metal surfaces. You can use a spray paint or a brush-on paint, depending on your preference. It’s important to apply the paint in thin, even coats to avoid drips or clumps. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next one.
If you prefer a natural wood look, you can stain your mount instead of painting it. Choose a stain that matches the wood tone of your furniture or trim. Apply the stain with a brush or cloth, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow the stain to penetrate the wood for a few minutes, then wipe off any excess with a clean cloth. Let the stain dry completely before mounting your TV.
Troubleshooting Common Issues with Your Full Motion TV Mount
If you’re facing any challenges with your full-motion mount, remember to check that all the bolts and screws are secure and tightened. If the TV is not level or easy to tilt, you may need to adjust the pivot arm’s bearings. If the arm is too stiff or moves too easily, you may need to review the arm’s extension or pivot range. Troubleshooting is critical to ensure the longevity of your newly assembled full-motion TV mount.
Now that you know how to make a full-motion TV mount, you can enjoy an enhanced viewing experience from the comfort of your home. With some basic tools and materials, a little know-how, and some patience, you’ve just completed a fun DIY project that will make you the envy of all your friends and family.
It’s important to note that when mounting your TV, you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and weight limits. Overloading your mount can cause it to fail and potentially damage your TV or injure someone. Additionally, if you’re unsure about any aspect of the installation process, it’s always best to consult a professional to ensure your safety and the safety of your equipment.