DIY Free Wall Mount for TV or Monitor
I realize that TV and computer wall mounts aren't super expensive, but i wanted to see if i could make one for free.
DIY Swivel Wall Mount - TV or Computer Monitor
The monitor i was going to use was an old 19" Rosewill monitor and the first thing i did was to remove the stand. It was attached with some screws on the back. Also on the back of the monitor was 4 square mounting screws. So i transfered those screw patterns to a piece of paper.
I started drawing up some ways of making a wall mount.
My first thought was to make a simple french cleat system. The good thing about that was it was only 2 pieces of wood, it would fit tight to the wall, easy to attach and remove, and be quite strong.
But then i thought it would be cool to make one that swiveled. That way i could mount it werever and point it toward the desk. So i came up with the idea of using 2 different sized pipes that would fit inside of each other.
Again this was a very simple design, just 2 pieces, easy to remove and attach.
I used some cheap metal electrical conduit for the pipes and some steel bar for the parts that attach to the wall / monitor. I cut and drilled the monitor mount to fit the top holes of the computer monitor. And i cut and drilled the wall mount 16" so that the screw holes would align with the studs in the wall.
The most difficult part was the welding. I have a cheap Harbor Freight welder ($90), but i'm pretty bad at welding. I did have some issues with burning through the conduit. It didn't look pretty but was pretty strong.
I screwed the first bracket to the computer then the other to the wall at the height i wanted. Then just lowered the monitor pipe into the larger wall pipe. It seemed to work great and has about 45 degrees of rotation.
I was also thinking about PVC but it wouldn't have been as strong. And welding everything together was quick and easy. If i didn't have a welder it would have been more difficult.
Overall i like how it turned out, a quick, easy and free tv monitor mount.
Attached to back of monitor
Mounted on the wall.
View of back when attached to wall