How High Should My TV Be?


Name for me a home that doesn’t have a T.V., I think that you would be hard pressed to find, let alone, a room that doesn’t have a T.V. anymore. With so many TV’s in a home, and ultimately hanging on a wall, what is the optimum scientific viewing angle. It seems like a simple question, but with Americans spending on average 5 hours a day it’s an important one.

There are two main things to consider when figuring out what the ideal viewing angle is. The first is how big is your TV, and how far away are you planning on being from the TV. The number one thing you want to consider is that your eyes should naturally fall to the center of the TV.

In general terms the placement of you seating should be 1.5 – 2.5 times greater than the diagonal length of your TV. For example if you have 60″ TV the optimal seating location is 90″ – 150″ away from the TV.

Regarding the height of you TV, in simple terms you want to be about 42″ off of the floor. In more precise terms, say you select a 60-inch television. A 60-inch television is about 32 inches high, meaning the center of the screen will be at 16 inches from the bottom of the television. Most sofa seating heights are close to 18 inches above the floor, and eye level for an adult seated in a relaxed manner is about 24 inches above the seat.
That puts the optimum, center-of-television height for a typical seated viewer at 42 inches (18 inches + 24 inches). So that 60-inch television should be installed with the bottom of the screen at 26 inches above the floor.

In the end though, ultimately it’s viewers choice. You as the viewer need to consider the surrounding feel of the room, the purpose of the location, do you want the TV to be the focal point, and determine it’s use(i.e. TV in the kitchen). After all with any remodeling project, the correct choice is in the eye of the beholder.

If you need help with any of these please don’t hesitate to call us, we’re always happy to help. Remember Washa Construction is always a simple phone call 608-838-8318 or click away.

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