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Mounting TV on the wall has become very popular. In the past decade more and more home design projects have considered not using traditional TV unit sets, or TV stands.
The installation is relatively easy and once it is done that is it! No more dusting the cumbersome TV stand. It saves a lot of space and gives the living room a modern look.
However, you have to make sure the TV is installed in the right place. Once the installation has been completed, it is very difficult to change where the TV is. Inevitably, if you move the TV after it has been installed, you will have to fix the wall to cover holes and refresh the painting.
This article is not about TV wall mount installation, as we are not going to cover the technical aspects of the installation. However, we have a few tips to help you choose the right spot to install your TV on the wall.
There are many different models of TV wall mounts available in the marketplace nowadays. You need to understand the different angles and positions you can move the TV after it is mounted on the wall. Different mounts may offer different flexibility in regards to viewing. Some mounts just support the TV on the wall, while others might adjust the TV height. The best brackets allow the viewers full motion of the TV vertically and horizontally.
Knowing all the features of the TV wall mount and the positions it offers will ensure you can benefit from all the bracket can offer.
To find the right right of where you need to install your TV, you need to consider the distance from the floor to the center of the TV. So the size of the TV is very important when selecting the right height. Also, remember that your TV size is going to represent the diagonal viewing area. Thus, you’ll want to use a tape measure to figure out how far up and over the exact center of the screen is.
The TV size is also important to identify the correct viewing distance. This is the optimal distance away from the TV the viewer should be while watching TV. The suggested formula to calculate the ideal viewing distance is divide the TV size by 20. For example, for a 60” TV the recommended viewing distance is 3 meters.
This is also important, so you can ensure the room you are about to install the TV in has enough space for a comfortable viewing.
To calculate that, you need to consider the viewer sitting down, instead of standing up. If you want to be throughout, the height of the couch or chair also needs to be taken into consideration.
As per the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the correct viewing angle to mount the TV is 30 degrees. However, if you lay down to watch TV this number goes down to 10 to 15 degrees reclined.
As for the optimal height, you should measure the distance from the floor to your eyes to find out how high you’ll be sitting.
For example, a 42” television should be mounted about 140cm from floor to TV center, a 55” TV should be around 155cm, a 65” TV should be around 165cm floor to center, and a 70” television should be mounted about 170cm to the center of the screen.