Customize your Flat Screen TV Mount

How to recess the swivel mounting bracket of your flat-screen TV, so it rests flush against the wall.

Flat Screen TV Mount

One of the first things you see when you come in the front door at our house is the side of the flat screen TV. We wanted to hide the wires and mounting hardware so that the TV would be less conspicuous. The challenge was to find a mounting system that would allow the TV to be pulled out and swiveled and still be somewhat flush with the wall when it’s pushed in. My solution was to recess the swivel-mount bracket into a stud space. It worked, but there are a few drawbacks. First, I had to locate the bracket between studs, which limited placement options. Also, recessing the bracket restricts the range of side-to-side swivel. In our situation, neither one of these was a problem. But they’re something to consider if you’re thinking about trying this in your house.

The challenge was to make sure the bracket was secured well enough to support the heavy plasma TV. After locating the studs and cutting a neat hole in the drywall, I attached 12-in. lengths of slotted angle iron to the studs with lag screws. Then I cut the mounting plate to fit between studs and bolted it to the angle iron. The mounting system is working fine, but the relatively inexpensive swivel mount—it resembles a scissors jack—has so many joints that it’s a little wobbly.

Finally, to hide the hardware and wires, I built a 2-1/2-in.-deep frame and screwed it to the wall. We painted the frame to match the wall. Now when the TV isn’t being used, we push it into the frame for a built-in look.

Here is one popular style of swivel TV mount, which you can buy through our affiliation with Black Steel Swivel TV Mount We haven’t tested this one, but it’s an example of what’s available online.

— Jeff Gorton, Associate Editor

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