I have a Sony KDL-55W900Ahttp://store.sony.com/55-class-54.6-diag-w900a-internet-tv-zid27-KDL55W900A/cat-27-catid-All-Sony-HD-TVs
that I would like to mount to my IKEA Expedit TV Storage Unit.http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30218111/
I am a complete novice when it comes to wall mounting and DIY projects of any sort, but I have been reading through the forums and the Internet and I think I have a plan on how to do this, but there are a couple of issues that I am unsure of that I would greatly appreciate any input on.
Firstly, the specs on the IKEA site state that the back panel of the unit can support up to a 55" and 55 lbs TV. My TV is is 55" and 43.4 lb, so I should be good there, but that only leaves ~11.6 lbs for the mounting bracket. After researching mounts, my current plan is to go with the Sanus VLL5.http://www.sanus.com/us/en/products/visionmount/low-profile-mount/VLL5http://www.bestbuy.com/site/sanus-premium-fixed-wall-mount-for-most-51-80-tvs-black/9270073.p?id=1219011467769&skuId=9270073#tab=specifications
I couldn't find a weight on the Sanus page, but the Best Buy specifications lists the mount at 5.7 lbs, giving me ~6 lbs of breathing room on the IKEA's weight rating. The mount claims it can hold up to 125 lbs, which should be more than enough, and has pretty much all of the features I could want, given my circumstances. Assuming all of this is sane up until now, this leads me to two issues:
1. The mount is intended to be used with studs in a wall, but I am going to be attaching it directly to the reinforced backboard of my unit. The mount manual states that the minimum horizontal space between fasteners is 16". The entire width of the IKEA backboard is about 15 1/2". So my question is would it be OK just use the innermost mounting holes, making the distance between the 2 sides only ~8-10", especially since the weight of the TV is almost 3 times less than the maximum rating of the mount under ideal conditions. Or would there be a better way to do this, such as putting the mount off center with the board and trying to get the fasteners as far apart as possible? Though that would put them closer to the edges of the board, and my gut tells me that putting them closer to the middle would be more structurally sound, but I'm not really sure.
2. My other issue is exactly what type of fasteners to use in this situation. I'm pretty sure I need some type of bolt (or screw?) that will go all the way through the backboard (after drilling holes) and then a nut (and flat washer? fender washer? no washer?), but I'm quickly discovering there are way more combinations and types of fasteners than I ever imagined. The backboard itself is approximately 2/3" thick and there is another ~2" between the back of the board and the wall, though the unit could be pulled a bit further from the wall if necessary. The mount comes with 5⁄16 in. x 2 3⁄4 in. Lag Bolts, but it doesn't sound like those would be optimal in my situation. I'm thinking I need a 5/16" diameter some type of bolt/screw but the length is less clear to me (other than no greater than ~2 2/3"). Any suggestions on the best type of fasteners for this would be very helpful.
I haven't been able to find much online about mounting a TV to this specific unit, so any suggestions or input would be great. Thanks.