Build your own Speaker mounts

Speaker placement and securing your speakers is vital to a successful and enjoyable home theater experience.  For more information on speaker placement please take a look here before mounting speakers or continuing if you aren't sure where they belong.   Done correctly placing speakers in the correct position not only can free up space but create that sound your looking for.  So once you've determined where the speakers are going, please. Continue.

I've had issues at times in my audio video acquisitions and installs where I have to mount speakers to make things happen properly.  To the right we have an example of an excellent attempt at a DIY mount job by this lovely young lady.  Unfortunately, this is a fail. (well the mount job anyways).

An example of "The BOZO Mount Job"

I read this article at curbly.com and it pissed me off.  Whether for your new 5.1 surround sound system, your cramped media room, or when just wiring your home to fill it with music, it's best to get speakers off the ground, furniture, and other resonant surfaces, and up to ear level. And since non-powered speakers are actually not heavy at all, with less than $2.00 in materials and an hour of work, it's surprisingly simple to create custom brackets for mounting them on walls and ceilings.  I paid too much to get swivelling mounts for my rear right and left speakers...I don't even want to talk about it.

While this job may be acceptable to the Bozo that put it there.................we know better.

It may take a little modification if you're trying to use heavier speakers like these bookshelves I have in one of my theaters.  Don't worry these in this picture aren't actually mine.  I use these as rears and they aren't sitting on crappy stands like this.


Materials (for two speaker mounts)
  • Two "mountable" music speakers, such as those sold for use in 'surround sound' packages (they'll have a threaded insert in the back)
  • A 1 1/2" dowel rod
  • 2x pieces of MDF or plywood, cut to about the size of your speakers
  • Wood glue and clamps or heavy objects
  • 2 x 10-32 bolts, 2" in length
  • Electric drill and assorted bits
  • Countersink bits (optional)
  • 8x #2 drywall screws
1. Begin by cutting your MDF to the same size as the back panel of your speakers.

2. Cut, or have cut (ask at the hardware store), the dowel rod about 2/5s deep along it's length.

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3. Cut the sliced dowel to the same size as your MDF.

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4. Glue the cut dowels to your MDF rectangles, let dry, and then paint black to match your speakers, or whatever color matches your walls.

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5. After the paint dries, use a 5/32 drill bit (or 3/16) to drill a hole through the dowel and the MDF at the same height as the threaded insert on your speaker. Pick the angle at which you drill based on what angle you
want to mount the speaker. insert the bolts through this hole.

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6. Drill a 1/4" hole through the entire apparatus to accomodate your speaker wire, near wherever your input jacks are situated. Then, drill, and countersink, if desired, pilot holes into each corner of the MDF.

7. Finally, using drywall anchors or mollys or whatever suits your walls, mount the speaker brackets onto the wall, drawing your speaker wire through before tightening the screws entirely. Spin on your speakers most of the way, then plug in the wire, the spin the speakers until secure.

8. Rock out!

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As I'm sure you'll be able to see.  You now have swivel mounts that are ridiculously overpriced in the store and your DIY mounts are likely more durable.

These are just two of the many testimonials I've received.  

"Damn you're good Major Mack, I love the way you mount those speakers. I cant get enough of you!"
"Ooooo Major, I've been sitting on this speaker for weeks.  Thanks to your informative post on mounting, I just can't get you off my mind"