Don’t Put Your TV On It: Big Screen Placement Tips

Don’t Put Your TV On It: Big Screen Placement Tips

If you’ve just bought a new television, you’re probably eager to get it up and installation. Before you rush out to wall mount it, beware, your TV’s performance can be dramatically reduced by mounting it in the wrong place. You do not want put too highand you certainly don’t want place it above a fireplace (or in the bathroom). Moving the seats a little or adjusting your preferred pedestal locations might result in better picture quality or allow for a larger TV.

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I can’t come to your house to help you with any ideas (sorry), but I can give you some do’s and don’ts of TV placement, to point you in the right direction (i.e. i.e. towards the screen).

Before I had the idea of ​​a 22-inch LCD screen stuck in the corner of the ceiling, mount one above a fireplaceor put an 84 inch 8K TV right in the middle of the room, keep the following tips in mind.

Do: 5 things to do before installing your new TV

Check the height of the TV

Although there is no set height for TV placement, ideally you don’t want the TV to be too high. Watching TV is like sitting in the front row of a movie theater. It’s not ideal, not comfortable and not conducive to long viewing sessions. Generally speaking, you want the center of the TV to be around eye level, or even slightly lower. This is true whether you install the TV or place it on a stand. To learn more, see: How high should I put my TV?

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Check the distance between your couch and your TV

Anyone reading this is unlikely to be sitting too close to their TV. Sitting closer to your TV has two benefits: it fills your field of vision more (so it’s more immersive) and you can see more resolution (the picture is more detailed). If you can’t or don’t want to sit closer, you can also get a bigger TV. Check out this article on what size tv you should buy for more information.

Pay attention to television glare sources

Room lighting and reflections are the no. 1 TV picture killer according to a study I just did. The thing is, almost all modern TVs have a reflective screen, and I don’t care how good your lights are, they’re not as interesting as what’s on TV. Sure, you can just turn off the lights (or close the blinds), but sometimes that’s not easy or possible. If not, see our article on how to rid your hd tv of glare.

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This view, however…

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If you are considering wall mounting, keep in mind all the do’s mentioned so far. Also, if you’re thinking of getting an LCD monitor, make sure you have a wall mount that can swivel or adjust. With a few exceptions, LCDs perform worse if you’re not sitting directly in front of them. Being able to rotate or move a wall-mounted TV so that it’s aimed directly at your eyeballs will be a huge improvement in picture quality (compared to the same TV not aimed at you). It should be mentioned at this point that The weight of the TV is not a limiting factor for mounting.

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Probably not the most ideal location.

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Consider more than style

When it comes to TV stands, there are countless options. Consider the height of the TV in addition to the style you like. Most stands are fairly uniform in height, and a few inches above or below ideal won’t matter, but a large TV on a tall stand isn’t a good idea.

Think about safety, especially if you have young children

It turns out that falling TVs hurt a lot of kids every year. To find how to prevent your tv from falling if you have children or live pets.

Don’ts: 7 Common TV Placement Mistakes

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Reflections could be an issue here.

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Don’t mount your TV too high

A TV at the right height will look very low when you’re standing. Which is good, since most of the time you won’t be standing while watching it. Raise a TV too high can literally be a pain in the neck. If you want a good laugh, there’s an entire subreddit devoted to photos of people who’ve raised their TVs too high.

Do not mount a TV above the fireplace

Seriously. Don’t mount a tv above a fireplace. For the above reason and more (not the least of which is that heat is the enemy of all electronics). Even if you never use your fireplace, mounting a TV above it is almost always too high to watch from a sofa.

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Although it looks clean, a shelf or other cabinet can reduce sound quality and limit the size of a TV you can get in the future.

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Don’t feel limited by a cabinet, bookcase or entertainment center

If you have a cabinet, bookcase, or entertainment center where your TV has always been, it’s worth considering losing it. That’s a big ask, especially for a new TV, but consider two things. First, it not only limits the size of the TV you can get, but also the quality. If your cabinet can only fit a 42-inch TV, know that the best TV technologies like local dimming, OLED and Mini-LED are almost exclusively available in larger sizes. While they can be found in smaller sizes, there are usually only one or two models. Second, depending on where the TV speakers are placed, a cabinet can significantly reduce the sound quality and volume of the TV. (If you have a 5.1 speaker system or a soundbar, that won’t be a problem.)

Don’t place your indoor TV outside

Don’t mount a “regular” TV outside. There are televisions designed for this. Or, if you don’t want to spend the money on a TV designed for the outdoors, just know that any TV you leave outside probably won’t last long (even if it’s under an awning). It’s best to bring it when you’re not using it.

Don’t think you need a “real” TV

For kitchens and bathrooms, something like a Google Nest Hub Where Amazon Echo Show could give you everything you need without the size and hassle of a full-size TV.

Don’t sit too far from your TV

However, you can get a bigger TV to compensate. From 10 feet away, you could get the biggest TV on the market and not see the pixels.

Don’t place your TV at an odd angle

If you have to turn your head to see the screen, it will only hurt your neck. Twisting your head a little might not seem like a big deal, but keeping it that way for hours on end can be a pain, literally.

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I would recommend a subwoofer.

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At the end of the line

Let’s take two coins as examples. First room: You have a large television, mounted high on a wall near the corner, with the couch and adjacent lamps, across the room in the other corner. These poor people have a TV that seems small, lots of glare and stiff necks from turning around and watching TV. Second room: TV is mounted at eye level, sofa is 8-9 feet away, and there are no lights reflecting off the screen. In which room would you like to watch a marathon of The extent?

Correct placement can determine a significant part of the overall enjoyment of a new TV. It’s worth considering adjusting your bedroom to be more conducive to comfortable TV viewing. Not only will you benefit from potential image and comfort improvements, but in doing so, you may free up more space for other things. Like a rug that really ties the room together. Or that life-size Boba Fett you always wanted.

Once you’ve determined the placement, here’s how set up your new tv. Or, if you’ve already set it up, here’s some important information image quality settings to adjustincluding lower sharpness control. If you have trouble hearing dialogue, there is some settings you can adjust that might help.


As well as covering television and other display technology, Geoff takes photographic tours of museums and cool locations around the world, including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, epic 10,000 mile road trips, and more. Check out Tech Treks for all of its tours and adventures.

He wrote a best-selling science fiction novel about city-sized submarines, as well as a sequel. You can follow his adventures on Instagram and his YouTube channel.

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