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How to mount a TV on a hollow wall

Installing your TV on a hollow wall with wooden studs

One question that regularly comes up is whether it is possible to mount a TV wall mount on a plasterboard or hollow wall. Hollow walls often consist of plasterboard attached to a metal or wooden framework.

Basically, the answer is yes. However, it does depend on the situation. A number of scenarios are described below, along with advice on installing a Vogel’s TV wall mount on a hollow wall.


Please note: the tips on this page have been compiled with the utmost care. Want to be sure of the safest result? Contact a professional constructor, installer and/or specialist. 

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Tip 1. Wooden frame wall

When you have performed the check and the frame is made of wood, you can continue without issue and mount a TV wall mount that suits you.  

You can use a Fixed (flat to the wall) TV wall mount (for example, the COMFORT Fixed, suitable for a 450 or 600 mm frame) that bridges the space between the two wooden uprights.  

Vogel’s stud adapter, the solution for full-motion TV wall mounts on hollow walls

When you pull forward or turn a full-motion TV wall mount, extra force is applied to the wall. A plasterboard wall with wooden profiles cannot withstand this.
To mount your TV safely, Vogel’s developed the stud adapter.

The Vogel’s stud adapter (TVA 6950) is suitable for
full-motion TV wall mounts from different series, such as COMFORT and SIGNATURE.

TVA 6950

The adapter fits wooden stud distances of 16, 20 and 24 inches and 450 and 600 mm. The maximum weight capacity of the stud adapter is 55 kg. The pre-drilled screw holes are exactly the right distance apart.
When mounted, simply attach the TV wall mount to the stud adapter. This adapter is not suitable for metal stud walls. 

Note. Do you want to hang the 'heavy duty' TV bracket TVM 5855? Then also order the special adapter kit with it (article number 999950).

Tip 2. Metal stud wall

If it concerns a metal stud wall, the wall must be reinforced with an extra back plate of sufficient thickness (underlayment). This is necessary because metal studs are relatively pliable. If you install your TV wall mount and TV directly on the profile, there is a chance that the TV will tip over or become detached from the wall.

It is important for the rear wall to be sufficiently thick (approximately 18 mm, together with the plasterboard approximately 30.5 mm or thicker) and to be securely fixed.

Please note: when using the Vogel’s stud adapter together with metal studs, you still need to strengthen the wall and use other mounting materials, which are not included. For the safest advice and results, consult a professional installer and/or specialist. Standard metal stud screws are probably not suitable to handle the force of the support/stud adapter.

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Tip 3. How can I find out the distance between the profiles?

Builders mainly make use of two types of system, namely walls composed of:

  • a wooden frame or profiles

  • metal stud profiles

In most cases, it is recommended that both wooden and metal stud profiles are placed at a centre-to-centre (c.t.c.) distance of 600 mm, although in some cases it may be 450 mm.
How do you determine the correct distance?

4. What mounting materials do I need?

To ascertain what mounting materials you need, drill a hole with a small drill at the locations of both uprights. This will enable you to make a better assessment. You may come across wooden or a metal uprights, for example, and it is also useful for checking the wall thickness. Normally, 12 mm plasterboard is used for a single wall.
This is important for deciding the length of screws needed.

Warning: the tips on this page are for information only, they do not provide complete assurance in individual situations. No rights can be derived from these tips.  

Please read the warning and mounting instructions carefully before installing and/or mounting a TV wall bracket. It is extremely important that these products are mounted and/or installed correctly! If the mounting and/or installation work is not carried out in the correct manner, there is a high risk of injury and/or damage to your TV and/or other objects.  

Vogel's recommends that these products be mounted and/or installed by a professional installer and cannot be held liable for any injury and/or damage caused by incorrect installation or assembly. If you wish to install your TV wall bracket on a hollow wall, such as hollow bricks, wooden panels or plasterboard, we recommend that you contact a qualified installer and/or specialist for the safest results. 

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