When it comes to creating my home theater, I prefer installing my speakers on brackets that sit nicely on my walls. Not only does it appear neater, it also gives the space the cinema vibe I’m after. From observation, wall-mounted speakers produce better audio output without taking up any valuable floor space. Of course, it also helps that the type of speakers is not as expensive as the ones that sit flush when mounted.
Installing or mounting speakers off the floor is not a difficult task. It does not even require any special skill. Armed with a keyhole saw, some screws and a screwdriver, I have managed to mount mine the DIY way. Here are the steps you need to follow if you are interested in learning how to mount speakers on wall by yourself.
Step 1: Figure out the Locations
Select the spots you intend to mount the speakers on. Generally, it is ideal to place the front right and left speakers roughly at 4 to 6 feet on either side of the television set and a measurement of 6 to 8 feet from the ground.
Center speakers are to be situated either directly below or above the TV. While the rear speakers are to be situated behind seating and is 2 to 4 feet on either side of it. This type of speaker positioning creates that surround sound cinema quality effect.
Step 2: Get Ready to Run the Wiring
Create notches on the drywall where the speakers are to be mounted by using a keyhole saw. As much as possible, keep the holes as small as you can in order to make them easier to hide once the speakers have been installed. Use the same power tool to drill a hole, the size of voltage box that goes into the wall and directly behind the receiver that connects to the speakers.
When drilling the hole where the speakers are to be mounted on, it is important that you locate the studs to ensure a secure mount. I just used a smartphone app to help me locate the studs. For future projects, I’m using an actual stud finder just to be err on the safe side.
Step 3: Run the Wire
From the wall behind the receiver, run the wires leading to the wall mounted speakers. These wires come with your speaker system. Mine was more than enough for the space so I didn’t have to add to it, if you find yours lacking in length, kits can be found in electronic stores.
To make it easier for you to get the wires through the small holes, tape a short strip of chain that can be magnetized to a fishing rod. Now tape your wire to the rod which you will then run up the wall. Make sure it is level with the notched out holes. Grab a good strong magnet and run it on the wall until the chain inside grabs onto it. Proceed by pulling out the chain using pressure that is consistent to get it and the rod to run through the wire. If you have long wires, pull out only enough to attach to your speakers. This keeps your walls looking neat.
Step 4: Bracket Mounting
Locate the wall stud and drill the screws to it. Attach your bracket. In the even that you are unable to find the studs, use drywall anchors so that the bracket’s weight can be supported by it.
Step 5: Connect Wiring to the Speakers
Connect the wires you have run and fished out from the wall onto the receiver. Your speakers will have ports and jacks aptly labeled so you can easily connect the wiring. More often than not, this step involves plugging the wires into the receiver and locking it down with clamps or screws.
And there you have it! With 5 simple steps you now have learned how to mount speakers on wall like I did.