Don’t put your TV there: Big screen placement tips

If you just bought a new TV, they are very excited for you to install it too set up. Before you rush to put it on the wall, be aware that the performance of your TV can be significantly reduced by placing it in the wrong place. You do not want put it very highand you definitely don’t want to put it over a fireplace (or at toilet). A little shuffling of the seats, or adjustment of preferred podium placements, could yield 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 TV placement dos and don’ts to point you in the right direction (ie. the screen).

Before you get the idea of ​​a 22-inch LCD stuck in the corner of the ceiling, placing one over a fireplaceor putting an 84-in 8K TV Hit the middle of the room, keep the following tips in mind.

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Check the height of the TV

Although there is no set height for placing the TV, 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, it’s not comfortable and it’s not conducive to long viewing sessions. In general, you want the center of the TV to be about eye level or even slightly lower. This applies whether you mount the TV or mount it on a stand. For more on this, check out: How high should I put my TV?


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Check the distance from your couch to your TV

It’s unlikely that anyone reading this sits very close to their TV. Sitting closer to your TV has two advantages: It fills your field of view 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 alternatively get a bigger TV. See this article for how big a tv should you buy for more information.

Watch out for sources of TV glare

Room lighting and reflections are the no. 1 TV picture killer according to a study I just made. The fact is, almost every modern TV has a reflective screen, and I don’t care how awesome your bulbs are, they’re not as interesting as what’s on the TV. 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 piece how to get rid of reflections on your HDTV.


But this view…

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If you are considering wall mounting, keep in mind all the Do’s mentioned so far. Additionally, if you are considering getting an LCD monitor, make sure you have a wall mount that can be rotated or adjusted. With 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 to aim directly at your eyeballs will be a huge improvement in picture quality (compared to the same TV not aimed at you). It is worth mentioning at this point that The weight of the TV is not a limiting factor when it comes to placement.


Maybe not the most ideal spot.

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Think more than style

When it comes to TV stands, there are countless options. Consider the height of the TV in addition to whatever 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 is not a good idea.

Keep safety in mind, especially if you have small children

It turns out that falling TVs injure many children every year. Find how to keep your tv from falling if you have children or lively pets.

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Reflections can be a problem here.

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Do not place your TV too high

A TV set at the correct height will look too low when standing. Which is fine, since most of the time you won’t stand up when you see it. Placing the TV too high it can literally be a pain in the neck. If you want a good laugh, there’s an entire subreddit dedicated to photos of people who have their TV set too high.

Do not place a TV above the fireplace

Seriously. Don’t do it place a TV above a fireplace. For the above reason and more (just as important is that heat is the enemy of all electronics). Even if you never use your fireplace, placing a TV above it is almost always too high to watch from the couch.


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 closet, 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 think about 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 technology such as local dimming, OLEDs and Mini-LEDs 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 significantly reduce the quality and volume of the TV’s sound. (If you have a 5.1 speaker system or sound bar, this won’t be a problem.)

Don’t put your indoor TV outside

Don’t do it place a “normal” TV outside. There are TVs made for just that. Or, if you don’t want to spend the money on a TV designed for the outdoors, just know that any TV you leave out there isn’t likely to last long (even if it’s under an awning). It is best to bring it when not in use.

Don’t feel like you need a “real” TV

For kitchens and bathrooms, something like a Google Nest Hub the Amazon Echo Show it can 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. At 10 feet away, you could get the biggest TV on the market and see no pixels.

Don’t put your TV at an odd angle

If you have to turn your head to see the screen, it will just lead to a sore throat. Twisting your head a little might not seem like a big deal, but holding it that way for hours at a time can be a pain — literally.


I would suggest a subwoofer.

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Let’s take two rooms as examples. First room: You have a great TV, mounted high on a wall near the corner, with the sofa and adjacent lamps, on the other side of the room in the other corner. These poor people have a small TV, lots of reflections and stiff necks from turning and looking up at the TV. Second room: The TV is placed at eye level, the sofa is 8 to 9 feet away, and there are no lamps that reflect on the screen. In which hall would you like to watch a marathon? The extent?

Correct placement can determine a significant part of the overall enjoyment of a new television. It’s worth thinking about adjusting your room to make it more conducive to comfortable TV viewing. Not only will you get potential visual and comfort improvements, but in the process, you might free up more space for other things. Like a rug that really ties the room together. Or in this life size Boba Fett you always wanted

Once you’ve figured out placement, here’s how to do it set up your new TV. Or, if you’ve already set it up, here are some important ones picture quality settings to adjustincluding lowering the sharpness control. If you’re having trouble hearing the dialogue, there are some settings you can adjust that might help.

In addition to covering television and other viewing technologies, Geoff conducts photographic tours of beautiful museums and sites around the world, including nuclear submarines, huge aircraft carriers, medieval castles, epic 10,000 mile road trips and more. Check out Tech Treks for all their tours and adventures.

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

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