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How To Mount Monitor Without Vesa Holes (Step By Step Guide)

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.  

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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.  

Mounting Adapters 

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.  

Installing VESA Adaptor Kit 

Some tools for the job you’ll need include: 

  • Screwdriver and screws 
  • Marking tape/pen or something to score the wall 
  • VESA Conversion Kit 

Make sure you purchase the correct conversion kit for your monitor, as this will only provide a basic step-by-step guide. 

  • Step 1:  
    Remove the existing stand from your monitor. This can be done by removing the screws from the attachment to the screen. 
  • Step 2: 
    There should be four grips on the corners of the mount. Gently attach those to the back of your monitor. Make sure they’re firmly in place before continuing because if your monitor falls out, that could be the end of it. 
  • Step 3: 
    To the grips, attach the central steel kit. Make sure the screws are as tight as you can make them. 
  • Step 4: 
    Attach the monitor holder to the VESA mount. Your screen is now good and ready to attach to the wall! 

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: 

  • Step 1:  
    Measure out the vertical and horizontal height of your monitor. Most PC monitors range from 19-34 inches, so you might be in that range. 
  • Step 2: 
    Remove the stand from the monitor. This can be done by unscrewing the back of the monitor and carefully maneuvering it out. 
  • Step 3: 
    Measure the tape against the monitor and apply the surface side to the back. It’s very important you don’t attach the wall side, as this has a stronger bond to attach to the wall. 
  • Step 4: 
    Apply either 2 strips horizontally or 4 strips: two horizontal and two vertical. Depending on your monitor size, two strips might be enough to hold the monitor. For bigger screens, we recommend four strips. 
  • Step 5: 
    Decide where you want to place the monitor. It might help to mark out the location and ensure it is level. Once it goes up, it's very hard to level out. 
  • Step 6: 
    Remove the wall side strip of the tape and gently apply it to the wall. It could help to use a spirit level to make sure it’s at the right angle. Apply pressure to make sure it's firmly on the wall. Your monitor is now on the wall!
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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: 

  • Hole pattern: 100 x 100mm or 75 x 75mm square 
  • M4 Screws 
  • Used for monitors under 30lbs.  

2. ESA MIS-C Compliant: 

  • Hole pattern: 200 x 100mm rectangle 
  • M4 Screws 
  • Used for mid-size displays under 50lbs. 

3. VESA MIS-F Compliant 

  • Varied hole patterns; spaced 200mm increments (400 x 200mm, 600 x 400mm etc) 
  • M6 or M8 Screws 
  • Used in heavier displays, larger than 32” and screens that are different to standards (e.g., curved). 

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 (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.  

Advantages 
  • Safe Wall-Mounting 
  • Cheaper Option 
  • Makes VESA Holes Accessible 
  • Varying Options 
  • Complies with VESA Standards 
Drawbacks 
  • Difficult To Remove 
  • Low Weight Capacities 
  • Restricted Monitor Movement 
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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.  


Conclusion

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.