How High Should A TV Be Mounted?

So, you’ve got a new TV. You’re eager to set it up and get watching your favourite shows, but there’s one problem: how high should you mount it from the floor? What if you do it wrong and later regret it? Well, your ideal viewing height depends largely on the size of your room and how far away from the TV you plan on sitting, as well as the height of your sofa. These are all things you should be considering when looking to mount a TV.

How High Should You Mount 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.

Standard TV Mounting Height

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.

Let’s explore how that works…

The Ideal Height For Your TV From The Floor

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.

Based on this, we made some calculations for the most popular TV sizes:

32 Inch TV

The distance from the floor to a 32″ TV should be 1,14m. The bottom edge of the television should be 0,80m away from the ground.

42 Inch TV

A 42″ TV should be placed no more than 1,14 meters from the floor for optimal eye level viewing. The bottom edge of the television should be 0,88m away from the floor.

50 Inch TV

For a 50″ TV, the optimal viewing height is 1,05 m with a distance of 0,89 m between the bottom edge of the screen and the ground.

55 Inch TV

For a 55″ TV, the optimal viewing height is between 1,31-1,42 m with a distance to the bottom edge of the screen of between 0,96-1,14 m from the floor.

65 Inch TV

For a 65″ TV, the optimal viewing height is between 1,14-1,27 m with a distance to the bottom edge of the screen of between 0,74-0,87 m from the floor.

75 Inch TV

For an 75″ TV, the optimal viewing height 1,14 m to the middle of screen with a distance to the bottom edge of the screen of between 67,60 m from the floor.

85 Inch TV

A 85″ TV, should be mounted at a height of 1,14 m with the bottom edge of the screen 61cm from the floor.

TV Wall Mount Height Calculator

A calculator is available if you wish to create a custom size. Wojciech Sas, PhD candidate wrote on and programmed a handy calculator that can be used for more calculations. Try for yourself.

Whatever the height you work out, you need to understand that the height you have is the height at the centre of the TV, not the point at which you place the TV above or below. More often than not, you will be able to draw around the TV with a pencil outline before you commit, so you can step back and see if it looks about right. 

If you want to get technical with the measurements, there are plenty of height calculators out there that you are able to enter all of your measurements into to work out the perfect height and distance, but usually you will get a feeling of whether or not it is right for you. 

Ideal TV Height From The Floor: Other Options

There are several things that can affect your decision when deciding the height at which to have your TV. Perhaps it’s not being mounted on the wall at all, rather being put on a stand, or inside a cabinet? Sometimes you may be limited for choice and forced to work with what you have. If this is the case, you can always move the sofa or other items of furniture around the room in order to get a better viewing experience. 

A good general rule of thumb is that as long as you feel comfortable when sitting in front of the TV, and it’s not hurting your neck, there’s nothing to say you can’t have the TV at the height you personally want it. Some people prefer it higher on the wall, to be seen from afar, or lower on the ground if you have younger children that spend a lot of their time in front of the TV. 

As with most things, it’s entirely up to you how high or low you wish to place your TV and what feels comfortable. There are no rules at the end of the day!

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About S. Santos

👋 I'm a technology columnist and blogger with over 10 years of experience, currently serving as Blue Cine Tech's AV Editor. Specialising in gadgets, home entertainment, and personal technology, my work has been featured in top technology blogs. I'm dedicated to breaking down the complexities of the latest tech trends, from explaining the intricacies of Dolby Vision to optimising your streaming experience. This blog serves as a platform for my ongoing exploration of the ever-evolving tech landscape. If you see me at industry events like CES or IFA, feel free to say hello.

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