According to a survey conducted by the Nielsen Company, 96.7% of the homes in the US have their own television sets.
Reality dictates that home designers are challenged when it comes to considering the orientation of a room, while looking into focal points of the fireplaces, exterior views and televisions.
One important factor that should be considered when it comes to locating your television is height.
There are certain issues that you need to look into when it comes to making sure that your television viewing experience is at its best. This includes the quality and size of your television, as well as the distance of the television from the main viewing location.
However, just to set the standard rule, the recommended center of the screen is the one at the viewer’s eye level. Therefore, the aspects that you need to focus on are the height of the average viewer, as well as the size of your television.
You can start by measuring your television. However, keep in mind that the recommended center of the television that is primarily prepared for viewers sitting on a couch is generally about 42” above the floor.
However, historically speaking, the standard rule when it comes to the ideal viewing distance is 2.5 times the actual diagonal length of the TV screen.
Remember, however, that there are various opinions about this rule, and some even recommend having a TV with a size that is relative to the actual room space.
With modern, high-definition models that are currently available, some even recommend that the ideal viewing distance is 1.15 times the actual diagonal length of the television.
Let’s say, for example, if a television is primarily intended for viewers that are seated on a sofa which is 12 feet away from the TV set, a 55 to 60” TV set can work in this space. For instance, you choose a 60 inch TV.
This type of TV unit comes with a height of about 32”, which means that the screen center will be at about 16” from the TV bottom. Most heights of sofa seating are somewhere close to 18” above the floor, with an eye level of 24” above the seat for a relaxed adult seated.
This basically means that the optimum and the center of TV height for an average seated viewer are 42 inches. Going back to the example, the 60 inch TV needs to be installed with the screen bottom at 26 inches above the floor.
As of this point, it is very important to note that there are some media experts who do not really recommend putting a television set on top of a fireplace.
This advice is quite sound while taking into consideration the optimal TV viewing experience from the perspective of a seated viewer.
However, not to be dogmatic – there are also fairly reasonable considerations which have made homeowners decide that a TV placed on top of a fireplace is a good option to take.
As mentioned earlier, it is important to consider the perspective of a seated viewer. However, this is not always the case. The perspectives of standing viewers should also be given consideration.
In other instances, in fact, the feel and style of the actual space can be considered as overriding factors. On the other hand, if the TV set placed over a fireplace is considered as the main TV of the family, a paramount option is lowering the TV screen as much as possible.
One of the known advantages of having linear fireplaces is that they come with a finish height which may be relatively lower compared to those of traditionally-shaped ones.
In certain circumstances wherein a TV set is located over a bar, or perhaps in a room with a pool table as well as other entertainment offerings, the ideal height for viewing is less dried and cut.
All possible viewing perspectives should always be considered and thought of thoroughly. The optimal height from a seated viewer’s perspective may turn out to be too low for those who are standing up while playing around the pool table.
If you only have one TV set that you need to take into consideration, identifying the height may also turn out to be dependent on style and not just function.
For some, the TV is not really that much of a big deal. For others, however, the design, as well as space constraints, determines the TV location which is more than the average viewing height parameters.
Therefore, it is very important to discuss these different issues together with the design and construction team of your home in order to ensure that you are, indeed, prioritizing function, and not just looking into design.
In the end, it is still your home anyway. All you have to remember is the importance of a good TV viewing height, compared with other factors, including the design style of the specific space.