Correct TV Placement – Please, Not Over The Fireplace

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Interior designers and professional media installers have one thing in common, the need to educate homeowners of correct TV placement. Experts discourage placing the TV over a fireplace due to the unnecessary stress placed on the head and neck of the viewer. TVs should be placed directly in the viewer’s line of sight when seated without tilting the head. The TV may be slightly elevated, but no more than a 15 degree angle.

Another common question designers and installers hear from homeowners is, “What size TV is best for my space?” The general rule for choosing the perfect size TV is determined by the distance from which a person will be watching it. The article, Televisions For Every Size Apartment, with its easy to read infographics, explains this rule in detail.

Correct TV Placement

Here are some prime examples of correct TV placement in various media viewing configurations:

Modern Great Room with Built-in bookshelf, Hardwood floors, Crown molding
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Contemporary Living Room with Contemporary TV Console with Glass Shelving, High ceiling, Carpet, Hardwood floors
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Traditional Living Room with Ceiling fan, Alexandria 60 in. Low Profile TV Stand, Hardwood floors, Carpet, flush light
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Contemporary Family Room with TV Wall Mount, stone fireplace, Laminate floors
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Traditional Living Room with Hardwood floors, Chandelier, Built-in bookshelf, French doors, Columns, Crown molding
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Floating Media Units

Media units that float on the wall are hot right now. They take up zero floor space and give wall hung TVs that much needed space below to place media and audio equipment.

Here are two of our favorites:

Woodwaves - Floating TV Stand ECO Geo Mocha for $599
Woodwaves – Floating TV Stand ECO Geo Mocha for $599
Crate & Barrel - Rigby Small Floating Media Console for $899
Crate & Barrel – Rigby Small Floating Media Console for $899
Header photo credit: Mig Furniture