Don’t Put Your TV There: Tips for Placing the Big Screen

Don’t Put Your TV There: Tips for Placing the Big Screen

If you’ve just bought a new TV, chances are you’re excited to put it together and set up. Before you rush to mount it on the wall, keep in mind that your TV’s performance can be significantly reduced if you mount it in the wrong place. You do not want set it too highand you definitely don’t want put it on top of a fireplace (or in the bath). A slight change in the seating position or adjustment of the location of the pedestals you prefer could 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 ideas (sorry), but I can give you some tips on what to do and what not to do when it comes to TV placement, to point you in the right direction (ie towards the screen).

Before you get 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.

What to do: 5 things to do before setting up your new TV

Check the height of the TV

While there is no set height for TV placement, ideally you don’t want the TV to be too tall. Watching a television is like sitting in the front row of a movie theater. It’s not ideal, it’s not comfortable, and it’s not conducive to long viewing sessions. Generally speaking, you want the center of the TV to be at eye level, or even slightly lower. This is true whether you’re mounting the TV or placing it on a stand. For more information on this, see: At what height should I put my TV?

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Check the distance from your sofa to your TV

Anyone reading this is unlikely to sit 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 in higher 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 how big is a tv you should buy for more information.

Be aware of sources of television glare

Room lighting and reflections are the no. 1 TV picture killer according to a study I just did. The fact is that almost all modern televisions have a reflective screen, and I don’t care how amazing their lamps are, they are not as interesting as the ones you see on television. Sure, you can just turn off the lights (or close the blinds), but sometimes that’s not easy or possible. If not, check out our article on How to get rid of glare on your HDTV.

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That view, though…

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If you are thinking of mounting it on the wall, keep in mind all the recommendations mentioned so far. Also, if you’re thinking of getting an LCD screen, make sure you get a wall mount that can rotate or adjust. With few exceptions, LCD screens 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 pointed directly at your eyeballs will be a huge improvement in picture quality (compared to the same TV that’s not aimed at you). It is worth mentioning at this point that The weight of the TV is not a limiting factor when mounting it.

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Probably not the most ideal place.

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Consider more than style

When it comes to TV stands, there are countless options. Consider the height of the TV as well as the style you want. 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 great idea.

Consider safety, especially if you have small children.

It turns out that falling televisions injure many children each year. Discover How to prevent your TV from falling if you have kids or lively pets.

Don’ts: 7 Common TV Placement Mistakes

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Reflections can be a problem 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 up. Which is fine, since most of the time you won’t be standing when you’re watching it. Mount a TV too high it can literally be a pain in the neck. If you want to laugh a bit, there’s an entire subreddit dedicated to photos of people who’ve mounted their TVs too high.

Don’t mount a TV above the fireplace.

Really. Nope mount a tv above a fireplace. For the above reason and more (one 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 neat, a bookshelf 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 closet, bookcase, or entertainment center.

If you have a piece of furniture, bookshelf or entertainment center where your television has always been, it is worth considering losing it. That’s a great question, 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 top TV tech like local dimming, OLED, and Mini-LED are almost exclusively available in larger sizes. If they can be found in smaller sizes, there are usually only one or two models. Second, depending on where the TV’s speakers are located, a cabinet could severely reduce the TV’s sound quality and volume. (If you have a 5.1 speaker system or sound bar, this won’t be a problem.)

Don’t put your indoor TV outside

Nope mount a “normal” TV outside. There are televisions made for that. Or, if you don’t want to spend the money on a TV designed for outdoors, know that any TV you leave outside is likely to last a long time (even if it’s under an awning). It is better to bring it when you are not using it.

Don’t feel like you need a ‘real’ TV

For kitchens and bathrooms, something like a Google Nest Hub either Amazon Echo Show it 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 larger TV to compensate. At 10 feet away, you could get the biggest TV on the market and still not see the pixels.

Don’t put your TV at a weird angle

If you have to turn your head to see the screen, it will only cause neck pain. Turning your head a bit may not seem like much, but keeping it that way for hours can be a pain, literally.

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I would recommend a subwoofer.

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Bottom line

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

Proper placement can determine an important part of the overall enjoyment of a new television. It’s worth considering adjusting your room to make it more conducive to comfortable TV viewing. Not only do you get potential improvements in image and comfort, but in the process, you could free up more space for other things. Like a rug that really brings the room together. Or that natural size goofy fett you’ve always wanted.

Once you’ve figured out the location, here’s how set up your new tv. Or, if you already have it set up, here are some important ones image quality settings to adjustincluded Reject sharpness control. If you have trouble hearing dialogue, there are some settings you can adjust that might help.


In addition to covering television and other display technology, Geoff takes photo tours of interesting museums and 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 their tours and adventures.

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

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