Build A False Wall To Mount A TV At A Rental Property

Most landlords won't let you drill holes in the wall so you can mount your TV. Wired's solution? Just build a fake wall.

The idea here is that you're going to essentially build an entire wall over a wall in your apartment. So, you'll make a foundation with extra layers of plasterboard, and make it look exactly like the existing wall in your apartment. Then, you'll go ahead and drill a hole to hide wires, mount the fake wall to your real wall, and mount the TV just as you would if you owned the place.

While this is a clever notion, it does have some downsides: you'll reduce the available space slightly and your landlord is still likely to complain when there's an inspection if you haven't asked (either because you've added a wall or because they assume you've drilled holes without asking). Property alterations when renting are always a challenge. If you can talk your landlord into this idea, head over to Wired for the full guide.

Weekend Project: Build a False TV Wall [Wired via Apartment Therapy]


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    1] Most landlords won’t let you drill holes in the wall so you can mount your TV. Wired’s solution? Just build a fake wall.
    2] Property alterations when renting are always a challenge. If you can talk your landlord into this idea...
    No, you can't drill 2 holes in the wall.
    Yes, you can build a new wall.
    Is it just me, or can anyone else see the irony in this article?

      Yeah, silly beyond belief. You can't drill holes to attach a TV to the wall, so build a fake wall and screw THAT to the real wall.

      Gotta wonder if these writers have actually practiced what they think themselves expert enough to write about..! Clearly Klosowski, has not..! :)

      Last edited 10/09/13 8:25 am

    This guy's an idiot.

    Mount a wall to a wall instead of a TV to a wall...??

    OK, obviously a few screws to mount that fake wall is better than what's required to get the TV on, but really, this is more of a fix for getting a TV onto a brick wall, or something where you need a fake wall to get the cables behind.

    Most landlords should see the addition of 2 holes and a TV bracket an improvement to the apartment / house

    Most people these days have plasmas / LCDs and most of those people will want to mount it to the wall

    Saves the next tenant from doing it

      I couldn't agree more. Perhaps suggest to the landlord that you will leave the mount as a gesture of goodwill. Mounts are pretty universal and even a good one will cost you less than $100 on ebay. That is certainly less than what would go into building a fake wall

        That is assuming you've done a proper job and that the mount doesn't come crashing down when the next tenant puts their TV up.

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