Unlike a basic threaded nut with a through-hole, a blind nut is closed on one side. Due to the difficulty of threading a blind hole to the bottom, a blind nut is often much taller than a through-hole nut and in this way can resemble a standoff. However, a blind nut is open on the attachment side while a standoff is typically open on the extending side.


The general purpose of a blind nut is to have an internal thread that accepts a screw while limiting the displacement of the screw through the panel, and to prevent anything from falling into the assembly. Some thin TVs require mounting threads that are positioned above sensitive electrical components. These components could be damaged if third-party hardware screws are too long. A blind nut prevents this from happening by closing off the bottom of the hole, which protects the internal components.

Cross-section schematic of a blind nut and a screw joining two panels
A TV with a 3rd party wall mounting kit and a set of screws of assorted lengths
TV manufacturers may want safeguards in place to mitigate potential damage due to the use of 3rd party accessories.
Pros and cons between using a blind nut and a regular, through-hole nut
Comparison of mounting hole assemblies using a blind nut or a thru-hole nut.

Alternative Solutions

While blind nuts eliminate the risk of damage from longer screws, the nut itself must be longer in order to maintain the same length of engagement or the same number of threads for a screw to hang onto. This means increasing the thickness of the TV to account for the increased length or using shorter screws in greater number to sustain the same load. Alternatively, through-hole threads minimize length while maximizing the number of threads. Providing a TV mounting kit with specifically designed hardware can also reduce the risk of internal damage. However, without a blind nut thread, there is still potential for dust and debris to enter the assembly.

Common Attachment Technologies

Blind nuts often close off the internals of an assembly to accept a screw from outside the assembly, with most thin walls being metal panels. This is why self clinching is the most common attachment method for blind nuts. In PCB applications that require no through-hole, a blind standoff is more common with either broaching or surface mounted (SMT) attachments. In applications with access to only one side of a panel, blind rivet nuts can be mounted without aggressive deformation of the panel.

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