When installing your Flatscreen, TV placement can be a simple decision or a very difficult one. Almost every time I go into a customers house to install their TV, I will ask them the standard question “where would you like it?”. They lead me into a room and go up to the wall, and then invariably almost always tell me “oh about this high” (holding their hand at shoulder height). It never fails. They always want it 5 to 6 feet high on the wall or eye level. I guess there is some unspoken rule about mounting an object on a wall that it has to be closer to the ceiling than the floor. And if they have high ceilings, the margin is even greater. But this is not a picture frame or artwork, it’s a TV. If you actually sit down on the couch and view it from that angle you will notice that your eyes will fall naturally to a much lower point on the wall. I just want to give some advice for those who are still uncertain about where a TV should be placed.
TV Location Factors
When it all comes down to it the placement of the TV is up to you. And you should give some careful consideration to where you actually want it installed. When you sit down to watch TV how is your head positioned? It should be level or have a little upward tilt to it. With that in mind you want to put the TV where the line of site will create this effect. If you installed the TV 6 feet high on the wall, it would get very tiring to you neck muscles to try and view the TV at such an extreme angle. Also the image would be slightly distorted, and if you own an LCD you might not be able to see much of the image at all due to the narrow viewing angle that is inherent in LCD’s. There are times where installing the TV high on the wall is the only option. For instance if you had a fireplace, and wanted the TV above the fireplace it would obviously have to be mounted higher than normal. Or if you were standing up most of the time you were viewing as in the case of a kitchen TV or an outdoor TV.
Best TV Placement
So where is the best placement for your TV? In my honest opinion, you want to have the center of the TV to be a little higher than eye level when you are sitting down. This should be about 4 1/4 feet from the ground. If you have a 60″ TV and your going to be watching from some distance it can be closer to 5 feet. Just a disclaimer. Always make sure when installing a TV that you read the manual for the TV mount first. Be sure to use at least 1/4″ lag bolts into pre drilled studs. I know this seams common sense but I have seen TV’s mounted to dry wall alone. Hope this helps. Feel free to ask me any questions. Also, we are a home theater company based in phoenix. We operate valley wide. If you need any assistance with your home theater or TV placement in Phoenix, please feel free to contact us via email or phone. Thanks!
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