When you have metal studs, mounting a TV or hanging a heavy picture on the wall becomes slightly more challenging.
But, it’s still doable – and it’s all about having the right fasteners. So the first step is…
Step #1 – Get The Right Fasteners
Here are three different fasteners that you can use:
#1 – Drill Toggle
#2 – Toggle Bolt
#3 – Snap Toggle (Best Option)
I recommend the snap toggle, because I’ve tried all three and it seems to be the most robust option. You can find these at most hardware stores including Home Depot and Lowe’s, or you can click the links above and get them online.
Step #2 – Locate the Metal Studs
It’s important that you find the EXACT CENTER of the stud. Metal studs aren’t very wide (typically about 1.25″).
Since you will be drilling a 1/2″ hole in the stud, that only leaves about 3/8″ of metal on either side of the whole. And if you’ve ever tried to drill into the edge of metal, you know that it’s impossible without a drill press.
Bottom line, find the exact center.
You can do that by first determining the approximate location with a stud finder. Then, take a small drill bit – the smaller the better – and use that to probe for for the edges of the metal stud. Mark each edge with a pencil.
I guess I should mention that before you start drilling a bunch of wholes in the wall, make sure you know where you will be attaching the wall mount bracket to the wall. That way you can strategically drill behind where the bracket will be, saving you time patching drywall later.
Step #3 – Drill Some Holes!
For most of the fasteners I recommend, you’ll need a 1/2″ hole in the wall. So, you’ll need a 1/2″ metal drill bit to drill those holes.
Make sure you’ve taken care to plan the position of your wall mount.
Step #4 – Insert the Snap Toggle Vertically
Since the metal studs installed vertically, you’ll want to position your toggle bolt vertically as well. Otherwise the toggle bolt will run into the side of the metal stud and the connection will be all funky and not as robust.
Step #5 – Attach the bracket to the Wall!
You’re almost done. Now simply attach the bracket to the wall. You’ll also need some metal washers. Also, split washers are a good idea so your bolts don’t come loose over time.
And that’s it. You’ve successfully wall mounted a TV to metal studs. As you can see, it’s not that hard. You just need the right fasteners and a careful approach.