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How Big should TV Be for Living Room?


Choosing a TV for your living room will depend on a couple of important factors, including your budget plan and the size of the space. While the budget may be the ultimate factor in the deciding factor, if you want immersive entertainment experience, the size of the TV should be highly dependent on how far you can sit from the screen.

Viewing Distance as well as Optimal Screen Size

How Big should TV Be for Living Room?

For optimal viewing experience, reliable rule for choosing the best size of TV is the viewing distance, which is how far you will sit form your TV under usual watching condition. These days, HDTVs provide more detail, so you can sit even closer to the TV, yet not so close that you can spot the screen pixels. For sure, you do not want to sit so far away that you will miss any of the fascinating details. To help you out, here is a formula which makes it so simple:

Viewing Distance (set in inches) divided tree = the recommended TV size

For instance, if you are usually sitting ten feet from your TV, that is 120 inches, you need to divide 120 by 3 and your recommended screen size is 40 inches. Bear in mind that is the diagonal measurement of the TV screen.

HDTV Sizes for A Crowded Space

How Big should TV Be for Living Room?

If your living space is used more than simply watching TV, space may be rather limited. For crowded spaces, you need to consider 40-inch screen TV if you sit 4 to 6 feet from your TV. A 50-inch TV is sufficient if you are up to 7.5 feet from your TV. If you are six to nine feet away, you need to take into account at least 60-inch TV.

The Viewing Angles

The viewing angles are just another essential concern when you buy HDTV for living space. Ideally, your T should be set parallel to the eyes, with no more than fifteen-degree angle down or up and no more than forty-degree angle to the right or left.

If you sit at a sharp angle to your TV, you may spot negative images on your TV. Most major TV producers will tell you the optimum viewing angles at which you watch the TV pictures. For instance, 170/70 angle measurement indicates that you still can see good image 170 degrees down or up from the TV center.

TV Screen Size and its Resolution

How Big should TV Be for Living Room?

The larger a TV screen, the more important TV screen resolution will be. For HDTV which is forty inches or even smaller, 720 pixel resolution may be enough. But, once you get to fifty-inch TV or even larger, you will see real difference between 720 pixel and 1080 pixel. Depending on TV model you choose, 720 pixel HDTV will get you 1366 by 768 pixels, 1024 by 768 pixels, or 1280 by 720 pixels. An HDTV with 1080 pixel resolution, which is also known as full HD, offers a fascinating 1920 by 1080 pixels. Full HD gets more noticeable on game console, true HD cable, and Blu-ray discs. 

How High to Hang TV in Living Room

A house without a TV is just like a palace in the clouds-it is present in fairy tales. And that is only one slight overstatement. A report by The Nielsen Company claims that 96.7% of the U.S. houses have TV sets. Based on my personal experience, over the course of thousands of house construction project, I cannot recall one single instance in which one of my clients designed a house without TV’s location in concern.

This reality sparks some design challenges as house designers take into account the room orientation with competing possible focal points of the exterior views, televisions, and fireplaces. We will today look at one important factors to take into account when you locate your TV: the height. It is not the only thing that you need to think about, for sure, yet if you set your TV too high in relation to the whole space and its intended use, you may end up with total regrets and, quite possibly, a pain on your neck. Here are two important key factors you need to ponder when setting how high your TV should be mounted.

The General Rule of Thumb

How Big should TV Be for Living Room?

There are a lot of issues to take into account when thinking of your TV viewing experience, which includes the quality and size of your TV, and the distance from TV to primary viewing site. However, for one thing, there is simple and real rule: the ideal center of TV screen has to be at the eye level of the viewer.

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So, the main factors which come into work as you are thinking of only the ideal height at which to set your TV include the size of your TV and the height of the usual viewers in the house. you can measure your TV and do some simple match, yet the optimum center of a TV that is intended mainly for viewers who are seated on a couch is usually about forty two inches above the floor.  

Commonly, a general rule of thumb gor optimum viewing distance from the TV is 2.5 times the diagonal length of screen. Bear in mind, though, that there are various opinions on the rule, and some now have suggested a TV which is larger relative to the area in a room. With the newer, HD televisions, some recommend optimum viewing distance of one-and-a-half times the diagonal TV length.  

Different Heights for Different Circumstances

In conditions where a TV is set over a bar, or in one extra room with pool table and some other entertainment features, it is ideal to have the viewing height les dried and cut. All conceivable viewing perspectives have to be taken into account and considered through. The optimum height from the perspective of a person that is seated at the bar may be too low for those who stand around the pool table, attempting to look over the heads of those seated at the bar. It is for this matters that you see TVs in commercial bars and restaurants situated near the ceiling-they need to be viewable from various perspectives.

How High to Mount TV on Wall in Living Room

For sure, hanging flat-screen TV on the wall will free up the floor space and also provide unobstructed view of the screen. The position of wall TV will be different according to the overall layout of the room, for sure, but several important factors as general guidelines to place the TV in a way which is the most comfy for most viewers in the area.

Consider the TV Size and Overall Area

How Big should TV Be for Living Room?

Position the flat-screen TV in order to create the maximum ration between the viewing distance and the screen size. The rule of thumb is that the greater the size of your TV screen, the farther it has to be placed from the viewers. You need to position 37-inch TV screen 4 to 7 feet away from where the viewers are seated. If you have a 58-inch TV, it should be set 7.25 to 12 feet away. Make sure that you check the owner’s manual for your TV before you hang it. Usually it recommends the recommended viewing distances for every model available.

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Next, make sure that you adjust the viewing angle for your television. Flat-screen TV can be best viewed when the viewers’ eye line hits the TV center. Sit on a chair and find out where your eye falls comfortably. You need to adjust the tilt of the TV until the screen center is where your eye falls.

Where You Need to Mount the TV

Where should you hang the TV on you wall? Specifically, I mean how high it should be. For sure, you can hang the TV three to five feet off the floor, which is going to place the TV within your eye line when you sit on a couch or sofa. However, if you want to mount the TV higher or if the TV is being set over the fireplace, you can install it with tilting TV mount. That kind of mounting kit enables the TV to be tilted downwards in order to maintain the best viewing experience even though it is set higher on the wall.

Hang your wall TV away from interior light sources or windows so as to reduce screen glare. While some models feature protective film which will diminish the impact of screen glare, just any nearby light source will impact the TV picture. In case you are not able to set the wall TV away from light sources, you can use tilting wall mount kit so as to maneuver the TV away from the light source.

Some Tips and Warnings

How Big should TV Be for Living Room?

First off, you can run cables together down the side of your wall using cable management raceway, paintable housing for your TV and audio cables, so as to keep the space appearing tidy. As an alternative, you can run the cables behind the wall, when possible. The other important point is not to mount the wall TV if you are not able to lift the TV very carefully, since you can inure yourself and break the TV potentially.  

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