Jun 20, 2012

Mounting Your Computer Monitor To the Wall

Morphing Your Laptop into a Desktop Computer Part 2...


Yesterday we spoke about turning your laptop computer into a desktop with the use of an external keyboard, mouse, and monitor.  Today we are jumping into the 21st century by mounting the monitor to the wall...oh yes, it is all happening.

We will go from this (with stand):


To this (without stand):  
Please ignore the wires as they will eventually be hidden!

All in a few simple steps.

You may remember that my office is a crazy shape - 8.5ft wide by 11.5ft long with one angled wall and doors on both sides (essentially it is a walk through room from the kitchen to the other bedrooms).  In order to make the most of the space I had to make sure the desk was narrower than most in order to fit the daybed + desk and still have to walk between the two.  The desk measures in at 20.5 inches deep and 78 inches long.  According to OSHA your monitor should be a minimum of 20 inches from your eyes.  With a 20.5 depth that does not leave much room to spare.  More info on that HERE but see the diagram below for a quick glimpse:


With the stand my computer sat 7 inches from the wall which left only 13.5 inches to the end of the desk and about 17.5 inches to my eyes.



I decided that mounting the computer on the wall would help to alleviate this problem as well as making the whole look more stream lined...especially when I eventually get the cords hidden.

To mount your monitor you will need to buy a wall mount bracket.  I bought the following off of amazon.  It is cheap, stable, and easy to use...did I mention cheap??

Here is the process in 3 easy steps - make sure to clear the area you will be working in!

1.  Move the computer away from the wall and locate your studs.  Drill two pilot holes then go for the gold and screw the mount to the wall...make it level, folks!

The tape marks the outline of my studs


Thankfully my studs were exactly where I needed them as the directions insist not to use mollies for this ordeal.  I had to flip the mount upside down to use it on the right stud but either way it works the same - the logo is the only thing that changed as it is also upside down.

2.  Take your monitor off its stand.  Dell monitors have a simple button you push and the stand pops right off.  Some have screws.  Regardless of how it gets off get it off!  I suggest laying a towel down on a flat surface and your monitor screen side down on top so you can work easily.  Did I do this?  Not so much...Once the stand is removed you may or may not have to take the four corner screws off the back of the monitor where the wall mount will be.  Do that now:


3.  Screw the wall mount to the back of the monitor.  **You may need two people for this as you have to hold the monitor at the same time as screwing it into the wall mount.**  Screw the 4 corners to the back of your monitor and you are done!  I have no pics of this step as I was doing it by myself!



Again - don't mind the wires (nor the dark photos...rainy days!) as I will eventually hide them and keep you posted when I do!  In the meantime - I love the look with out the base.  Oh - and the fact that it now sits only 4 inches from the wall makes the monitor clock in at 20.5 inches away from my eyes...major improvement!


But the VERY VERY BEST thing about this little upgrade is that, with the help of HULU, I can now use my computer as a TV from the daybed.  The large monitor is the size of a TV and the new mount moves away from the wall and tilts up and down for maximum viewing pleasure!  


All my favorite housewives from the comfort of my office!  :)

For more information on computer ergonomics check out THIS post at Squidoo!


Stay tunes to my Computer Morphing series when I attempt to go wireless.  In the meantime I will be working in my garden this week.  The veggies are in full bloom...as are the weeds!  Ill pop back in tomorrow with the latest pics from our garden.



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