How to Install a Flat Screen TV on a Stacked Stone Wall
Over the years many of our customers have completed amazing feature walls using our stacked stone rock panel products, and on quite a few of those feature walls they choose to hang a flat screen TV. When we first started making our products TVs weren’t flat and definitely didn’t get hung on a wall, but as technology evolved and our customers pushed the design limits of their entertainment space the question about how to hang a flat screen tv on a stacked stone wall was one we needed to answer. Here’s a quick “how to” guide for hanging a flat screen TV on a stacked stone wall.
Step 1: Determine the Scope of the Project
Whenever hanging a TV on a wall you’ll need to consider a few things including the locations of electrical and cable outlets. Before you install anything it makes sense to understand if any of these services need moved, or perhaps a low voltage chaise installed in your wall cavity to allow for the proper hook ups in the location of the new unit.
Step 2: Prepare the Substrate for Stacked Stone
Most often this involves covering existing drywall with cement board, or if you are already at open wall studs, the cement board can be directly attached to the studs.
Step 3: Select the TV Mount and Check for Clearance on the Wall
Wall mounts are readily available now through online retailers or brick and mortar electronic stores. Be sure to select a mount that is properly sized for the television. In this step it is also a good idea to check the clearance on your mount against the wall that will soon have stone on it. Allow for at least 2” of stone and setting bed, and make sure you still have clearance to hang the TV on the mount without issue.
Step 4: Install the TV Mount
Following the manufacturer’ directions, install the wall mount directly onto the cement board, making sure the screws being used are of sufficient length to reach into the studs. Depending on the size of television and spacing of the wall studs, it might be a good idea to attach a few 1”x4”s to the wall, making sure these are firmly anchored into the studs, which will allow you more flexibility to place your mount exactly where you want it and attach it to the 1”x4”s.
Step 5: Protect the Mount and Install the Stacked Stone
Use painters or masking tape and some plastic sheeting to cover up the wall mount during installation of a stacked stone tile. Install the stacked stone using a polymer modified thinset and making the appropriate cuts around the mount. It’s a good idea to save some extra stone in a closet or attic such that if you ever decide to take the TV down from the wall, you can remove the mount and go back and fill in the gap with stone.
Step 6: Install the TV Mount, Hang on the Wall and Hook Up Connections
Once the stacked stone installation is complete, install the TV side of the wall mount on the TV unit itself and hang the entire unit on the wall. A couple extra sets of hands can help a lot in this step by helping guide the TV into place and plugging in / managing the cords. Most wall mounts will make a distinctive click when the unit is secured.
Step 7: Clean Up & Enjoy
Zip ties are a handy tool for managing excess length on any electrical or low voltage cables, so make sure that any excess length is tucked up nice and neat behind the TV. Finally, enjoy your new stacked stone media wall!
In retrofit situations, where you already have stacked stone on a wall or fireplace and you’re wanting to come back and hang a tv over it, our first recommendation is to always see if a small portion of the stone can be cut or chipped out of the existing installation to create a flat surface to mount the bracket to. It might be possible with a lot of patience and some sturdy shims to try and drill through the stone, and shim the bracket out on the face of an irregular surface like stacked stone. If attempting a retrofit installation of that nature, its very important that a direct mechanical bond is made into the wall stud to make sure the TV stays safe on the wall.
With a combined 40+ years experience in the stone industry our technical team is here to answer any questions you might have or troubleshoot anything unique to your project - we’re a great resource for all thing stacked stone. Call or contact us today!