Advice on Mounting Speakers

Posted by David on 4/15/2014
Well, here you are. You are here because you have recently bought a home theater system or speakers for a system and you are considering mounting some or all the speakers on your wall, in your wall or in your ceiling. 

That is awesome, and we're glad you are here to check on our selection of mounts for your speakers and/or your television.

But have you installed mounted speakers before? Does it look like something that is tough to do? Well, we're here to let you know that while it's not a piece of cake, it is not something that would require a professional installer. However, if you are intimidated by this even after reading this, then we certainly wouldn't want you to try doing it - if you're intimidated, you may not do a good job in the end. 

However, we can give you some basic advice here to help you with the process of installing your speakers and/or TV. If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact us and we'll walk through this with you.

First, make sure you know the electrical and building codes - do not wire through the wall without checking this first. Some places prohibit adding wiring to a wall, and other places will require you to take it out if and when you sell your house.

Second, use a top-of-the-line stud finger to locate studs, water pipes and electrical wire bundles in the wall or ceiling where you are looking to mount. You will want to avoid drilling anywhere that electricity or water can be found. In-wall speakers are best installed between studs, while on-wall speakers should be installed directly on a stud or in drywall with an anchor. And when you think you found the right spot, double- and triple-check it - once your mount is installed, it becomes very difficult to move it around because of all the holes that get left behind.

Third, check your owner's manual for the best directions on installing mounts on your speakers and thus, where and how your speakers should be installed into the wall. Make sure you have all the tools necessary for the job - drill bits, a level, a stud finder, etc., and have them all on hand.

Fourth, make sure you have the electricity off, at least in the area where you will be working. Flip off the switch at the fuse box that corresponds to the room of the house where you are installing, and do not turn it on again until you are finished. You don't want to take any chances with electrical shock.

At any point, feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to give you more specific advice about any step of the installation process, or we'll even offer to find you a professional installer in your area. We want you to have the very best experience with your new home theater.