How to Correctly Place Your TV in Any Room
The world of interior decorating is a complicated one, but one that offers a very aesthetic reward. After amassing the funds to purchase your TV finally, you may be thinking that the rest of your work is trivial, but the hardest part is just beginning to start. A TV is an integral part of an interior home’s design, so its placement is very important.
An error in placement can result in you bending your neck in agony trying to align yourself with the TV. Worse yet, the misplacement might be at the cost of making the rest of your furniture look bad. Here are some solutions to placing your TV properly in a room without having to compromise on anything else.
Adjust the distance
The first and foremost consideration here should be to ensure the TV is placed at an optimum height and distance for the viewer. The TV should be at eye level with the as a general rule. The TV should usually be about four feet above the ground, though if this is not possible, the TV should be angled down for the viewing to be easy. Additionally, the actual setting of distance ultimately depends on the type of TV you have.
Larger screens and higher definitions allow the distance between the TV and viewer to be greater, if not then the distance will have to be reduced to avoid eyestrain. It is equally important to purchase a TV that is compatible with the dimensions of the room. A very large TV in a small room stands out too much, and likewise, it could be tough to find the optimum distance with a smaller TV in a large room.
The TV is an integral part of an interior home’s design as stated before. Therefore, the concept of establishing a focal point in your room arises. If the TV is your focal point, then it is best to place it in the center of the room for it to command the most attention. This way all the surrounding furniture compliments it, and it provides all the viewers an easy viewing spot from their perspectives.
If you have another focal point, such as a mantle or a fireplace, then the TV should be placed in a way to compliment it. You could always position it in such a way by placing it in a symmetric position, i.e., right on top of it. If you have a beautiful window or glass wall, you may place the TV adjacent to it. So far, all these suggestions have placed your TV in a key location in your room, but there are many situations where you would want your TV to be in a more low-key place. That way, the rest of your furniture can stand out. To conceal the TV, you may keep it in a cabinet that can be opened and closed at a moment’s notice.
TV: Stand or Mount
After finding a place to put your TV, the important question that you will have to ask is whether to mount the TV to the wall or make it stand on something. Ideally, mounting gives one many more options, as stands will require the use of unnecessary furniture that ruins the orientation of the room, or using a focal point, such as a mantlepiece. This is a bad idea as not only does this placement take away the presence of your mantle, but it could mean the TV ends up being too high.
Either way, TV mounting to the wall is a better way to go. You should ask yourself the following question: is the wall suitable for TV mounting, or will the installation damage the wall? Make careful considerations before proceeding, as this arrangement will likely be permanent or very hard to remove. You should also make sure you have all the tools: drill, stud finder, screwdriver, etc. As you proceed, use the level and mark the holes for the studs in the mound and then drill the holes and attach to the wall. Ensure that the mounting plate is attached to the TV and that it is securely attached to the wall.
Other things to consider
Apart from the basic adjustments, there are many other things you should do to ensure the optimal TV placement. Placing the TV near a power source is crucial, as you will want to avoid having long power cables tripping up your guests. Likewise, the same should be done for any video player and sound systems. When placing the TV, make sure that it is attached straight and there is no tilt.
Try to integrate the TV with darker furniture to keep a color scheme. If you want, custom make a cabinet that can incorporate all sorts of other technology such as a DVD player or gaming setup. Carefully plan with consideration of your room’s size and shape, although it is possible to call a carpenter or interior designer to remodel the room so that it is compatible with your TV.