by Janice Anderssen
Deciding where to mount a flat screen TV can be a tricky issue. You need the perfect viewing angle and to assess its impact on decoration.
If you don’t have a spare room that can be dedicated as a TV room, or an extra room to set up a home theater, chances are your TV will be installed in a living room. Choosing the perfect place to mount the TV depends on whether you want the TV to be a feature or to be more understated. From mounting the TV on a wall to concealing it inside a cupboard, today’s flat screen TV’s can easily slot into any living room scheme beautifully.
For many, the TV is an integral part of a living room and they wouldn’t think about putting it anywhere else. Home decorators actually plan the layout and decoration in
a room specifically to accommodate the placement of a TV.
When decorating a room that incorporates a TV, interior designers need to consider several factors: the size of the TV, the distance from the TV to the location of seating, and the light in a room. All these factors play an important role in deciding where a TV should be mounted, but sometimes it’s a case of function over style, or vice-versa.
While the basic rule of thumb is that the centre of a TV screen should be at eye level – or around one metre above the floor, this isn’t always possible if a fireplace or fitted feature doesn’t allow for mounting in this location. In some instances a compromise has to be made and alternatives considered. Where possible, the TV should be mounted as low as possible above fittings, or be mounted in such a way that it can be angled downwards, or rather placed to the side – if there is space.
With the launch of high-definition, wraparound-screen and 3D TV’s, the rules for setting up a TV for optimal viewing has become blurred. Screen sizes range from 32 centimetres up to 152 centimetres, which adds even more confusion as to
the best place to mount a TV.
Ideally, you want a TV to be mounted so as to be comfortable to view from various angles. Whether this be on top of a media cabinet, or mounted above a fireplace.
In a larger room, placing a TV above a fireplace shouldn’t cause viewing to have to strain to comfortably view, but this is not the case in a smaller room.
GOOD TO KNOW: Viewing angles are important consideration when mounting an HD-TV. Ideally, the TV should be placed parallel to your eyes, with no more than a 15-degree angle up or down and no more than a 40-degree angle to the left or right. If you are seated at a sharp angle to the TV, you may see negative images on the screen.
Before permanently mounting the TV to a wall, cut out a mock TV from a piece of cardboard and use this to determine the perfect position and height.
The cardboard cutout can be secured onto the wall with Prestik and then viewed
from at various seating angles.
A common problem with choosing the best place to mount a TV is glare from windows. If there are limited places to mount a TV for optimal viewing, hanging block-out blinds or sheers may need to be considered for daytime viewing.
At the end of the day, you decide the best place to mount your TV, based on whether it is a feature in the room or not. Whether it’s for night time pleasure, or sport – sport – sport on weekends, choose the best position to sit back and enjoy! If you need assistance on how to mount a TV on a wall, you will find advice here.