One question that regularly comes up is whether it is possible to install 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 installer and/or specialist.
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?
When you have performed the check and the frame is made of wood, you can continue without issue. You can use a flat (Fixed) 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. For heavier TVs, it is recommended to reinforce the plasterboard.
To do this, use the screws that are included with the TV wall mount.
Pre-drill the holes as indicated in the instructions to prevent tearing.
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.
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 informational purposes only. They do not provide complete certainty in individual situations. No rights may be derived from these tips. Warning: read the warning and installation instructions carefully before using (installing and/or mounting) a TV wall mount. It is extremely important that these products are installed and used 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 the mounting of these products be performed by a professional installer. Vogel’s cannot be held liable for any injury and/or damage caused by incorrect installation. If you wish to install your TV wall mount 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.