It’s time to buy a new TV and you’re not sure where to put it. Do you go with the traditional spot in the living room or your family room? Or, do you try something different this time around? If you’re feeling adventurous, here are some other great spots for your new TV. Read on to find out more!
Tips in choosing the best spot for your TV
Locate a Power Source
Seek out the nearest power source for your TV. A power supply for extras like Blu-ray players and sound systems should be available. Consider the position of the windows and the glare they will cause.
Most rooms have more than one main power outlet, but you’ll need to check for other items like a set-top box, DVD player, or gaming console. And there’s the age-old issue of cable management. Cables can be a mess if your TV is far from the power supply and you have several devices plugged in. So keep your TV as close to the power outlets as possible.
For starters, keep your TV at eye level. Not looking up or down to see the screen is best for your neck and eyes. An ideal height is 4 feet. Then multiply the screen’s diagonal width by three to find the optimal viewing distance. (Not always possible, but a good start.)
Consider where you usually sit when watching TV to determine how important viewing angles are. Gaming, for example, requires you to be constantly facing the TV. Wherever the TV is viewed from, it should have wide viewing angles. As a result, the image will be sharp and vibrant from any angle.
Put your TV on a bookcase and surround it with books, objects, and photos. Surround it with a gallery wall of photography or art in black frames to further integrate it. It’s become fairly common to mount a TV above a fireplace, but is it wise?
Depending on the height of the fireplace, this can result in the TV being much higher than it is comfortable to watch. You can sit further away from the screen if you have a large room. If you have a small space, you may want to reconsider. Watching a two-hour movie with your neck strained upwards is no fun.
Consider Your Room’s Lighting
A TV’s placement can easily avoid lighting issues. Errors in this area can lead to expensive repairs or even removal of the TV. To avoid bright reflections or direct sunlight on your screen, wear sunglasses. A TV should be placed where the sun doesn’t hit the wall at night, or you’ll be constantly adjusting the shades. You’ll also have to deal with the glare from a window if you sit in front of one.
It’s worth investing in a pivoting wall mount if you plan to wall-mount your TV. This way, annoying reflections are easily removed.
Room lighting and reflections are the main TV image killers. In reality, most modern TVs have reflective screens, and no matter how cool your lamps are, they’re not as interesting as what’s on TV. Just turning off the lights (or closing the blinds) isn’t always possible or easy.
Things to do before installing a new TV
- Check the TV’s height. – While there is no set TV placement height, it should not be too high. It’s like being in the front row of a movie theater – It’s not ideal, comfortable, or conducive to prolonged viewing. Generally, the TV’s center should be at or below eye level. This is true whether you mount or stand the TV.
- Check the distance between your couch and TV. – Nobody reading this is likely to be too close to their TV. You can see more detail and fill more of your field of view by moving closer to the TV (the image is more detailed). If you can’t or don’t want to sit closer, you may opt to get a bigger TV.
- Think beyond style. – There are numerous TV stands to choose from. Consider the TV’s height as well as your preferences. A few inches above or below ideal won’t matter, but a large TV on a tall stand isn’t a good idea.
- Consider your children’s safety. – The number of children who receive injuries from falling TVs is staggering. If you have young ones or pets in your household, read this next part for helpful tips on how to prevent dangerous accidents with your television set!
Tips to prevent injuries with your television set
Avoid high TV mounts
When standing, a TV at the correct height will appear very low. That’s fine, because you won’t be standing most of the time. Too high a TV mount can be a real pain. There’s an entire subreddit dedicated to photos of people who have mounted their TVs too high.
Don’t mount a TV above the fireplace
Mounting a TV above your fireplace is never a good idea. For one, it will be too high to watch from the couch if you use that as an entertainment center. More importantly, for most people with living spaces such as those found in homes or condos, placing something like this near the source of heat generation (a fireplace) can pose a serious safety hazard.
If you’re set on mounting your TV above the fireplace, there are a few things you can do to minimize the risk. First, make sure your TV is properly rated for use near a heat source. Second, use a mounting bracket that is designed to dissipate heat. And finally, don’t forget to regularly check the area around your TV for signs of heat damage, such as melting cables or scorched wall paint. With these precautions in place, you can safely enjoy your TV above the fireplace without worrying about potential dangers.
Don’t let a bookcase or entertainment center limit you
If your TV has always been in a cabinet, bookcase, or entertainment center, then you may want to consider moving it. A lot to ask for a new TV, but consider two things. First, it limits the size and quality of TVs available. Remember that better TV tech like local dimming, OLED, and Mini-LED is almost exclusively available in larger sizes. Smaller sizes usually have only one or two models. Deuxièmement, a cabinet may reduce the TV’s sound quality and volume. (A 5.1 speaker system or soundbar will solve this.)
Keep your indoor TV indoors
Mounting a TV outside is never a good idea. An outdoor television set may seem like an excellent investment at first, but you’ll quickly find that they are not built for the elements and will most likely break down soon after installation due to exposure from rain or snowfall, or both. You should bring your unused equipment indoors when it’s not in use; even if this means taking up more space within!
Now that you have all of the information you need to pick the perfect spot for your TV, it’s time for you to take action. Contact us today and let us help you get your home entertainment system up and running. We can provide expert advice on choosing the best TV mount, finding a power source, and integrating your new television into your existing décor. With our help, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite shows and movies in comfort and style. Thanks for reading!
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