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How to Mount a Soundbar

Soundbars offer flexible placement, which can be on your wall, the surface of a cabinet or a shelf. Some people are put off mounting it to their wall because they fear the amount of effort it might take. We’re here to show you how to mount a soundbar easily with minimal difficulty.

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How to Mount a Soundbar to the Wall

A wall is a great option in terms of mounting a soundbar, especially if your TV is already wall mounted. Many top-level soundbars will already come with a wall mounting kit or frame. If not, then you would need to search online for a compatible one.

Whether you place the soundbar above or below your TV is up to you, since you are wall mounting it, it won’t make that much of a difference. There are, however, a few things to look out for before you just start drilling.

Only mount a soundbar on a vertical wall. Definitely check the strength of the wall as well. If the drywall seems very thin, chances are it may not hold your soundbar no matter how light it is. We will say that if you already have the TV on the wall [1], that wall should be safe.

Just in case you want to connect the soundbar via wires, you need to connect to the devices prior to mounting just to make sure the cables are not out of reach. Turn off everything and unplug everything before installation.

Whether you place it above or below your TV, measure two inches of space between the two devices. 

  1. Place the wall mount guide against the wall and align it straight. A good way to measure it is to angle it parallel to the bottom of the TV.
  2. Make sure the center is aligned with the center of the TV.
  3. If you have a wall mount guide, use a pencil and mark where the screws would go.
  4. Then you use a drill bit and carefully drill into those holes where the screws would go.
  5. Push the screw though the screw holder then through the hole and secure it safely.
  6. Then attach the bracket mounts to those screws on your soundbar.
  7. You then gently hang the bracket mount on the wall mounts and secure it.

You can also just add the mounting brackets to the wall itself and bypass actually attaching it to the TV mount. This will mean the TV will have freedom of movement while the soundbar stays securely on the wall.

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Whether you place it above or below your TV, measure two inches of space between the two devices. 

  1. Place the wall mount guide against the wall and align it straight. A good way to measure it is to angle it parallel to the bottom of the TV.
  2. Make sure the center is aligned with the center of the TV.
  3. If you have a wall mount guide, use a pencil and mark where the screws would go.
  4. Then you use a drill bit and carefully drill into those holes where the screws would go.
  5. Push the screw though the screw holder then through the hole and secure it safely.
  6. Then attach the bracket mounts to those screws on your soundbar.
  7. You then gently hang the bracket mount on the wall mounts and secure it.

You can also just add the mounting brackets to the wall itself and bypass actually attaching it to the TV mount. This will mean the TV will have freedom of movement while the soundbar stays securely on the wall.

How to Mount a Soundbar to the TV

The other option is to mount your soundbar to your TV. For those who want to avoid drilling holes in the wall, this is an option for you. However, you need to make sure you purchase a soundbar to the TV bracket.

These additional bracket mounts can be found online or in stores. Once you have that, you need to remove your TV from its mount first. If your TV isn’t mounted yet either, then it makes your life easier.

  1. Eyeball the soundbar bracket’s placement on your TV mount. Try to line it up as closely as possible.
  2. If your soundbar has a control panel at the top, then it’s imperative for you to leave enough space between the soundbar and TV.
  3. Next up is the actual attaching of the TV to the wall mount and the bracket to the wall mount. You should already have lined everything up, so now it’s just a matter of securing them in place with screws.
  4. Now place the soundbar on the bracket and see if it fits or if any adjustments need to be made.
  5. Once you have measured everything precisely, just mount the TV wall mount to your wall.

A soundbar can also be mounted onto the TV itself with a different kind of mounting bracket. These are also available online and they follow similar steps to the ones above. Just be sure to remove the TV from its perch for more precise measurements.

Need advice on which soundbars work best with certain TVs? You can check our recommendation of brilliant soundbars for Samsung TVs.

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DIY Soundbar Mount

You can also mount a soundbar directly to a TV that sits on your console. You don’t even need to go out and purchase a bracket because you can make one yourself! TVs feature holes in the back where a regular wall mount would go. 

However, you can make your own with just three pieces of wood. Measure the right size (long enough so it protrudes above the TV) screw them together in a U-shape then drill holes in the wood to match up to the holes at the back of your TV. You can then use bolts or screws to secure it.

Do the same to the horizontal plank and secure wall mount brackets. This is to hold your soundbar securely in place. You can then leave the wood as is or you can customize the color to match your interior.

The final step is to place the soundbar on the DIY wall mount and test the sound!

FAQ

Can you attach a soundbar to a wall-mounted TV?

Yes, you can attach a soundbar to a wall-mounted TV. However, you should remove the TV and the mount off the wall first. This will give you an easier time when measuring and eyeballing the placement. You should turn off all devices before removing or replacing them on the mount.

Does a soundbar have to go under the TV?

A soundbar does not have to go under the TV, but it typically does. This is because the sound will have a direct path to you, giving you the best audio quality. If you want to mount it above your TV, that’s okay too because not many people will notice the difference.

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Conclusion

While it may be easiest to just place the soundbar on a flat surface, many of us prefer the seamless look of a TV and soundbar together.

Mounting a soundbar doesn’t have to be difficult, even if you have a 60-inch large television and big soundbar. You just need the right tools and follow our guide.

Don’t break the bank in your goal of having an awesome viewing experience. Read all about the cheapest Dolby Atmos soundbars next!

Willie Greer

Willie Greer is the founder of The Product Analyst. A cinephile, he has made it a personal quest to achieve the awesomest home theater possible. He now shares what he has learned through the years on the site, and has enlisted the help of tech-savvy colleagues in providing more insight about today’s most sought-after gadgets.
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