How to choose the best height for a TV

Having a TV doesn’t make your living room any less awesome. It’s just one more thing you can do while you’re sitting on the couch – watching Netflix, playing video games or even reading a book. But how high should it be? Should it be mounted on the wall or put on top of a media cabinet? According to its size, viewing distance, and other factors such as glare from lights in the room, many different things play into deciding what height is best for your TV.

What’s the best height for a TV?

To figure out the ideal height for mounting or placing your TV, consider a few different aspects of the TV itself, including its size and viewing angle.

As a rule, a 42″ television should be mounted at 56″ from the floor, 55″ for a 55″, 65″ for a 65″ and 67 inches to the centre of the screen height.

Eye level from floor and viewing angle

Measure the distance from the floor to your eyes. When calculating the eye-level height of your TV, it is not calculated at a standing level but while you are sitting. This will tell you how high up on a wall or shelf that television should be mounted and at what angle; per renowned Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers guidelines, it’s best not to view any screen more than 30 degrees off level if possible. It’s also essential to find out where people will sit when they watch TV to get an idea of which way their heads might turn as they look around- most likely 10-15 degrees reclined is comfortable!

Mounting your TV: Viewing height

You should also measure your TV screen size and consider how far away you will be watching it from.

So let’s talk about the ideal height for a TV. As you might expect, various factors determine this.

A TV should ideally have most action happening in the middle third of the screen, which means it should be at eye level.

If you are watching TV with a group of people, make sure to set the height so that everyone can watch comfortably.

If you’re taller, your eye level will be farther away than it would for someone shorter. Grab a measuring tape and measure the distance from where you sit on the couch to make sure that when seated in front of a TV or computer screen at this same height, everything will fall into line just right!

Along with making sure those nearsighted people have their glasses nearby (or take them off before sitting), several factors go into “eye-level”—depending upon how tall one is as well as whether they wear high heels or not; if seat cushion heights differ between back cushions versus armrests; how far away we are physically positioned from our TVs/computers monitors while still being able to read subtitles and see the detail on our screens, and whether we’re mounting a TV or placing one atop furniture.

Most action on TV happens in the centre third of your screen, so that’s where you ideally want to be looking. For instance, if your television is 30 inches tall and 10 inches wide, it will usually be approximately 10″ from the bottom edge or framing around the visible part of a tv set when doing most activities like watching movies or playing video games.

Mounting a TV on the wall: quick tips

If mounting to the wall, centre it on a level with your eyes. The middle third of the screen is where you’ll be looking most often, so choose a height that will feel natural.

What type of VESA mount does your TV use? Depending on where the holes are located, you will want to position the mounting hardware in a different part of the wall.

Mark off your TV’s position. Using a pencil or erasable marker, make small marks to the right and left of where you want the centre of your screen mounted on the wall; this will help determine how high up it should be attached so that it can show what’s happening onscreen correctly in relation to other pieces around you.

A TV’s weight can be a factor in mounting it on the wall. A heavy TV may pull screws out of regular drywall or break from too much strain, so make sure to measure where you’ll want your mounting before buying that hardware!

Mount the proper hardware. If you want to keep your TV flat against the wall, cant it at an angle, or generally have more flexibility with your set-up, then be sure to mount it securely in whatever way will work best for you.

TV dimensions count

TVs come in so many sizes, but there’s one size that matters the most when you’re deciding where to place a TV: its actual dimensions. Here are some important considerations for how it will look on your wall or media cabinet.

Do you have a 32″ TV? A 42″? 55″? Knowing the size of your TV will help you to determine the mounting. Remember, when mounting the TV, you’re not judging from floor to bottom or top, but floor to the centre of the TV. Also, remember that your TV size is going to represent the diagonal viewing area. Thus, you’ll want to use a tape measure to figure out how far up and over the exact centre of the screen is.

In a nutshell

If you’ve ever had to mount a TV, then you know how difficult it can be. Thankfully, some guidelines will make the process much easier for you! Calculating where your television should go is usually determined by two factors–the size of the screen and its viewing angle. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers recommends mounting your TV at eye level; however, this isn’t calculated while standing but rather when sitting down with your head tilted back 30 degrees or so (or lying on an incline). This means that if you’re watching from across the room, which is most likely, measure the distance between floor and eyes to get an idea of what height would work best for mounting purposes. As always, measure twice and mount once to make sure you get it right.

About S. Santos

Tech columnist and tech blogger, audiovisual aficionado trying to keep up with the ever-evolving world of gadgets, home entertainment, and personal technology. If not fiddling with AV cables at home or in front of the computer, he can be found playing tennis or padel.

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