Optimal TV Height & Viewing Distance For your Wall Mounted TV

TV Wall Mounting at Eye Level When Sitting Down in Sofa
TV Wall Mounting at Eye Level When Sitting Down in Sofa

How High should I Mount my TV on the Wall?

Short Answer – You should be at eye-level to the TV, between the middle of the screen to the bottom 1/3rd of the screen for comfortable viewing and best cinematic experience.

But there are several other things to consider. It depends on your unique situation, where the TV is being installed, amount of area you’re given and TV’s surroundings.

This article is not about giving you a fixed answer because every situation is unique. It’s more of a guidance which focuses on what you should take into consideration to achieve best TV viewing height & distance, aesthetics and other factors that you cannot just ignore.

Aesthetics vs. Functionality

Based on our experience with our clients, two ultimate decision making factors are; Aesthetics (Hanging TV high as if it’s a picture frame) vs. Functionality (Viewing at eye-level comfortably).

Not so surprisingly, many people think that TV will look too low on the wall if it’s mounted at eye level from sitting position. But you shouldn’t mount your TV too high like it’s a picture frame! (unless you intentionally bought the TV to display photos most of the time such as Samsung’s “Frame TV”).

Unlike a picture frame, TV screen is something you stare at for hours if you’re watching a movie or a football game. So, if your TV is mounted too high and watch it for long period of time, it’ll most likely put some strain on your neck.

Your Favorite Seat in a Movie Theater

Ask yourself – Where do you like to sit when you go to a movie theater for best viewing experience? If you answered ‘Middle Row & Center’ where your eye level is at the center of the screen, then you will definitely appreciate having the TV mounted at eye level so you can watch TV comfortably.

Have you ever been to a movie theater on the release date of a very popular movie and had to sit in the front row seat because rest of the seats are taken?

That’s probably because most people find it very uncomfortable when they’re not even half way through the movie watching with their head tilted back. So you should keep that in mind before pulling the trigger and deciding to mount your TV too high.

Guideline for Optimal TV Height & Viewing Distance

TV SizeTV Height1080p Viewing Distance4K Viewing Distance
50″ TV60 inches from floor to center of TV screen6.2ft – 10.3ft5ft – 7.9ft
55″ TV63 inches from floor to center of TV screen6.8ft – 11.3ft5.5ft – 8.7ft
60″ TV66 inches from floor to center of TV screen7.4ft – 12.4ft6ft – 9.4ft
65″ TV69 inches from floor to center of TV screen8ft – 13.4ft6.5ft – 10.2ft
70″ TV72 inches from floor to center of TV screen8.6ft – 14.4ft7ft – 11ft
75″ TV75 inches from floor to center of TV screen9.3ft – 15.4ft7.5ft – 11.8ft
80″ TV78 inches from floor to center of TV screen9.9ft – 16.5ft8ft – 12.6ft
85″ TV81 inches from floor to center of TV screen10.5ft – 17.5ft8.5ft – 13.4ft
90″ TV84 inches from floor to center of TV screen11.1ft – 18.5ft9ft – 14.2ft

The chart above is helpful determining the optimal viewing distance based on the screen size & resolution (1080p vs 4K) of your TV. This is a good starting point.

But when it comes to choosing the right height, it should actually depend on your viewing position instead of just going by the chart above. Golden rule is to be able to watch TV comfortably without having to raise your head. So you just have to find that sweet spot based on where you’re going to be watching the TV from.

For example, your couch might be lower or higher than others. Or you might recline back in your comfy recliner chair which makes you look up naturally. Or you might be watching from your bed instead. Or there’s a fireplace with huge mantle underneath the TV. So, I recommend choosing according to your viewing position.

Objects Underneath the TV

Having a Component Stand below the TV
Having a Component Stand below the TV

One of the most common TV setups includes having a component stand / entertainment unit sitting below the TV to facilitate components such as cable box, game consoles, modem/router, etc…

If you haven’t purchased a component stand yet, then you should also consider the height of the component stand itself as well. Because they do come in different shapes & sizes and some of the taller ones will make your TV end up higher than you might like.

If you have a Soundbar or a home theater speaker, you have to take that into the total height equation as well, as it also takes up room below the TV (unless you plan to have it mounted above the TV instead).

Living Room vs Bedroom

Unlike in a living room where you should have your TV mounted at eye level, watching TV in your bedroom could be quite different. It depends on how you position yourself when watching from the bed.

If you like to lie down completely then you should have the TV mounted pretty high because you will be looking up naturally when lying down. But if you like to have your back against the headboard, then you might want to have the TV closer to your eye level.

If you think you’ll likely change positions from time to time, going from lying down to sitting up then you should have the TV mounted somewhere in the middle between eye-level to up-high.

Mounting TV over Fireplace – Effects on Viewing Angle & Aesthetics

TV & Soundbar mounted over fireplace
TV & Soundbar mounted over fireplace

Having a fireplace underneath the TV… It’s a love or hate thing. Some people love to have their TV mounted above a fireplace so it looks nice and cozy in the room. But some people just hate the idea of it because the TV will be way too high. Well, they’re both valid points.

But sometimes you just don’t have much choice because of lack of options available due to the layout of the room & spaces that windows take on the walls.

For whatever reason, if you plan to install your TV over the fireplace, you should keep the bottom of your TV only few inches above from the top of your mantle if possible. Because it’s already too high to begin with when you mount your TV over the fireplace.

In order to compensate for watching TV mounted high, viewing from further distance can help to relieve some strain on your neck if you have the room to push your couch back further away from the TV.

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