So, now that you have that beautiful flat panel TV home, where exactly does it go? You want you viewing to be as natural as possible and easy on your eyes and body. Here are some great tips to make sure that your home theater is a comfortable as possible.
Getting the right height is easy. The trick is to watch your tilt.
Sit where you’d sit to watch your TV. Get comfortable. Then, measure the height from the ground to your eyes. Take that length and stick a piece of tape on the wall at that same height. That’s going to be the sweet spot, the ideal place for the middle of your screen (feel free to sit back and double-check that the spot seems natural to you for viewing).
If you’re going to tilt your screen, keep it to a minimum. Plasma displays shouldn’t be tilted at all technically, and LCD flat panels shouldn’t go beyond 10º. Tilting helps reduce glare and is necessary for higher mounting applications (like bedrooms), but too much of an angle can lead to uncomfortable viewing and strain.
Distance, tough not as abused as height, should be taken into consideration (even before selecting a TV in many cases). Make sure you have the right size of screen for your room and that you’re not crowding it, or too far away to get the most from it.
You see those easy formulas? Those are quick ways to determine if you’re in the right place for your viewing.
TV Screen Size (in) ÷ 8 = Minimum Distance (ft)
TV Screen Size (in) ÷ 4 = Maximum Distance (ft)
Beyond how far and how high to mount your TV, you may have to deal with angling your TV for optimal viewing.
As discussed earlier, playing with the tilt of the TV allows for higher mounting, and also helps prevent glare. It’s the horizontal adjusting that’ll be vital for longer rooms and corner mounting. By mounting off a stud and using a Swing or Extend mount, you can create a seamless, “floating” set-up for your TV.
Get creative with your mounts because there are a lot of possibilities. From corner mounting in a bedroom to under-cabinet mounting in the kitchen, odds are if you want a TV somewhere, you just need to determine the proper mount function for the job.