Mounting your monitor is easy if they follow the VESA holes standard. They can be found on the back in a square or rectangle shape and make wall-mounting simple. But, if your monitor doesn't have them, how can you wall-mount your screen?
This guide will explore how to mount a monitor without holes and provide step-by-step guides on how to mount a monitor in a way that suits you.
Firstly, what even are VESA holes?
Simply put, they’re standardized holes on TVs and PC monitors that enable you to safely mount them onto walls. VESA stands for Video Electronics Standards Association, a collection of 300 companies that established standards for the industry. Most modern monitors come equipped as standard.
You’re looking for 4 holes at the back of your screen, usually in a square formation.
But not all monitors come prepared for this. If you have an older model or even a Mac, then you might be out of luck. Apple does provide mounting accessories, but, as is common with Apple, they can be pricey. Some newer PC models are starting to come without VESA holes too, which can make the mounting process difficult.
Luckily, it's not an impossible task to mount monitors without VESA holes. So you don't need to rush to buy a new monitor if you don't have them, and it will be cheaper to use alternative methods in the long run.
Before moving on, it’s a good idea to check that your monitor does indeed have VESA holes. Some manufacturers like to hide them in plain sight, and a thorough check will do you good, just in case.
How To Mount Monitor Without Holes (DIY Ways For Non-VESA)
Triple check there aren’t any VESA holes hiding on the back of your monitor.
As we mentioned earlier, most, if not all Apple products, don’t come with VESA holes. There is a solution, though.
Apple themselves sell an adaptor mount that can be attached to the wall. A lot of companies (like Sony, for example) will also sell adaptor mounts that can be screwed or attached to the back of your screen.
You can get free-standing mounts that adjust as well. They simply screw a plate into the wall and have an adjustable arm that moves for an ergonomic setup.
Adaptor clips that attach to the back of your screen could be a cheaper alternative too. If you live in a rented place where screwing into the wall isn't possible, then this could come in handy.
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Installing VESA Adaptor Kit
Some tools for the job you’ll need include:
Make sure you purchase the correct conversion kit for your monitor, as this will only provide a basic step-by-step guide.
Other Methods: Gorilla Tape
If your monitor is smaller or not curved, and you feel comfortable enough to do so, you can purchase some Gorilla Double-Sided tape.
Now, be warned, attaching mounting tape to your wall comes with risks. If you decide to move the monitor later on, the removal of the monitor can be tricky. You also risk damaging the wall or the monitor falling off if the bond disintegrates. But if you’re comfortable and confident you want to use it, follow these steps below:
What Is A VESA Conversion Kit? (How Does It Help?)
If your monitor is without VESA holes, a conversion kit is an inexpensive alternative. We know how to install one, but what exactly is a VESA Conversion Kit?
The VESA standards are as follows:
1. VESA MIS-D 100/75 compliant:
2. ESA MIS-C Compliant:
3. VESA MIS-F Compliant
If your screen doesn’t comply with these, you may need to purchase the conversion kit. A conversion kit comes in multiple styles. You can purchase a plate, bracket, or grip hold design which each has its own benefits to different monitors.
A plate would suit you better for larger monitors (from 27" up to 32”), which will be mounted in a more permanent place.
Brackets are better suited if you want a more ergonomic, adjustable design that you can maneuver around your desk with an extendable arm.
The grip hold design works best with smaller monitors that are subject to changing. They grip your monitor on the four screen corners and attach to the wall at the back.
If your monitor has non-VESA holes (or none at all), a VESA conversion kit is designed to allow your monitor to be wall-mounted in the VESA approved standard. It makes for much safer wall-mounting and removal, and is a cheaper alternative for those looking to make their screens wall-bound.
Mounting Monitor Without Holes FAQs
How do I mount a Dell Monitor without VESA holes?
Because of the common trend of monitors now not complying with VESA standards, it is becoming more difficult to mount. For a Dell screen, you want to make sure your mount is the correct size and has curves that match the back of a Dell screen. Be careful while mounting because the pressure is transferred to the corners of the screen.
Can you wall mount a curved monitor without holes?
It’s not impossible but poses a bigger risk due to the shape. You want to make sure you’re purchasing a strong mounting option that withstands more weight and doesn’t require grips to attach the corners of the screen.
Do HP monitors have VESA holes?
Most HP models will come with VESA holes, but some will not follow the standard. It’s usually larger or unusually designed monitors that won’t follow the VESA guide, and you would need to purchase a conversion kit to mount.
Understanding the VESA standards for wall mounting saves a lot of time and energy in terms of wall-mounting. Now, with the knowledge of how to convert your monitor to VESA approved, you can safely and securely mount your monitor to the wall.
If you’re lacking in desk space, don’t just make do! Allow yourself more space and freedom with the VESA-approved mounting kits.
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