Most of us have flat screen televisions nowadays, and the benefits of flat-screen TVs are undoubtedly immense. They come with plenty more features than the TVs we had of old, and flat-screen televisions also come with better viewing and installation options. For instance, you have the option to install your TV on the wall with the use of a wall mount, and you can also make use of a sleek and stylish TV stand. But you also have to consider the angle when it comes to height and viewing so that you can get maximum pleasure from your TV. Are you wondering about the best angle for height and viewing for your flat-screen television? Let’s find out.
For the height
If you are planning to have your TV mounted on the wall, the bottom portion of the TV screen should be about 25 inches upwards along the wall. Mark the precise spot at the left and right of the screen’s centre with a pencil. You can then hold the TV mount to your wall at around 15 inches upwards from the markings, and then make more marks for the wall mount’s screw holes. If the wall mount connects to the centre of the TV, you can have an optimum viewing experience.
What you should also remember is that most of the action which happens on the television will be at the screen’s centre third portion – so this is the area which should be at eye level. For more ergonomic viewing, the middle of the screen should be at eye level, but in many cases, there are multiple individuals watching TV, so consider a range that is comfortable for all viewers and not just one.
What is a comfortable eye level?
When considering the appropriate ‘eye level’ think about these factors: your own height, the seat’s height, and the distance of the TV screen as opposed to the seat.
If you are opting for a TV display stand (and many people do because they don’t want to deal with the issue of installing a TV on the wall with a mount), the ideal height for the top of the stand would be about 25 inches upwards from the floor. With this, you can get a comfortable angle for viewing of around 35 to 45 inches in height.
However, in the end, what matters most is your overall comfort while viewing your television. You need to factor in comfort when you watch TV for a long time, and you need to think about reducing glare as well.
Where you should never install your TV
Some of us have the mistaken idea that mounting a TV on top of a fireplace or mantelpiece is a good option, whether we regularly use the fireplace or it’s just a decorative element. But it’s a bad idea in general because the heat from the fireplace can affect the TV’s electronic components, and even the soot and smoke which can occasionally escape may jeopardise the television as well. And even if you don’t use your fireplace, the height of the average fireplace is too unnatural, forcing you to tilt your head upwards while watching TV which can lead to neck and shoulder pain, especially if you watch a film marathon – and you definitely wouldn’t want that.