How high should your TV be mounted?

How high should your TV be mounted?

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Last Updated on June 7, 2022 by Johann Holsinger

One of the most crucial elements of a TV install is the TV mounting height. Without deciding the proper height, there can be a whole host of issues.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you find the correct TV mounting height.

What’s the best TV height and why?

We recommend mounting your TV at 42 inches from the ground to the on-center line of the TV. This is the recommended height because your TV will be at eye level for most adults. 

If you’re a taller or shorter person you may need to change this number as it’s only a general “rule of thumb.”

What’s the best TV height on a cabinet?

Even with a TV cabinet or stand you want the center point of your screen to be about 42” above the ground. So when you’re shopping for both the TV cabinet and the stand take note of the heights of each of them. 

You don’t want to get a cabinet that is too low, otherwise, you’ll be looking down at an angle to watch TV from a sitting position. This can end up causing eye strain or back pain over time.

Tv standing on a yellow cabinet interior

What’s an ideal TV height on the wall?

Start by considering the height of all the family members who will be watching the TV the most often.

Have everyone sit down to find where each pair of eyes will be watching from and mark their eye level on the wall with painter’s tape and a light pencil. (To avoid permanent marks on the wall). You can use a green laser level for this.

After you have established everyone’s eye level, take the average to finalize your decided wall mounting TV height.

What’s an ideal TV height hanging from the ceiling?

As we’ve seen, the ideal height will place the TV’s centerline at the viewer’s eye level. With some ceiling mounts, this isn’t possible.

However, you want to get as close to this ideal range as possible. 

Try to find a fixed ceiling pole mount that can extend down over a range of heights. Also finding one that tilts will be helpful as well as this will allow you to adjust the viewing angle.

What’s the best height for a drop-down fireplace TV mount?

Try to get as close to eye level on the centerline as possible.

With these types of mounts, the bracket can drop down a little or a lot depending on how you set the locking mechanism first.

So you don’t want your TV height to be too low or too high. 

Getting one of these bad boys that have some swiveling and tilting functionality would be your best bet as this will allow you to dial in a better height and angle.

Mantel m700 bracket in action above a fireplace

What’s the best height for a pop-up TV mount?

With these types of mounts please take into account your eye level when both sitting and reclining, if you have a Laz-E-Boy or equivalent.

The height will make a big difference. Your best bet is to position the TV at a height that’s the average of the two different eye levels, while either sitting or reclining. 

Many of these pop-up TV mounts can be custom-made. However, do some measurements beforehand if you’re going to be ordering one to get that perfect height.

A popping TV from a cabinet with Vivo E Up44 pop up TV lift

The discomfort of incorrect TV height

Neck strain

You risk straining the muscles in your neck when watching TV at the wrong height.

This is because you’re either angling your head up or down to watch.

This is an unnatural position and can mean that after your favorite movie or show you could be feeling pain or discomfort in your neck.

Trying to relieve a neck strain

TV glare

Mounting the television incorrectly can also cause an annoying glare to come over the screen.

Looking at a glared TV for an extended period of time can cause dry eyes and eye strain.

TV watching will become a chore as opposed to an enjoyable pastime.

Watching from the side of the TV

The long-term effect when viewing height is not right

Constantly straining your neck and your eyes when watching TV at an incorrect height is bad enough.

However, over time this can worsen into chronic neck pain, chronic back pain, and headaches.

Don’t do this to yourself, it’s just not worth not having the optimal mounting height for your TV.

 

Viewing angle vs Eye-level

Some people may find home entertainment DIY a little confusing when learning the difference between viewing angle and eye level.

Even though both sound similar each terminology is a totally different aspect of TV viewing and mounting. 

The viewing angle is the angle that presents good visual quality and fidelity based on a natural upwards view that is better to reduce neck strain. 

Eye-level is the height of your eyes when someone views a television from a sitting location, perfectly horizontal.

Positioning is important to get the perfect viewing angle right. By having your TV sitting at a good eye level on your discovered centerline [1] for an optimal strain-free viewing experience.

 

What is the optimum viewing angle?

As a general rule of thumb, you want a viewing angle of plus or minus 20-25 degrees.

Optimum viewing angles do differ between different TV models and the height each screen is mounted at. You can view some larger TVs from a wider angle and movies and games will still look good.

While smaller screens need to be placed more carefully to find the right viewing angle.

Other TVs may need a narrower viewing angle. However, the same method will work for finding the right angle for most of the various models you’ll find on store shelves today.

A family watching TV together in different viewing points

How does TV height affect viewing angle?

Normally the higher up you mount your TV the greater the amount of tilt you want to place on it to allow for a direct viewing angle. This is just due to the way geometry works. 

You want to avoid placing a high-mounted TV flat against the wall you are mounting to as this will be uncomfortable for all but the tallest of viewers.

How does seating height affect your viewing angle?

Your seating height will make your viewing angle change depending on how tall or short it is. If you have a rather large and high couch and you sit pretty tall on it, you don’t want to be looking slightly downward toward your TV. 

To compensate tilt your TV back slightly for the best viewing angle. And do the reverse if you had a high couch and were looking slightly down towards your TV when viewing.

It’s better for your neck to be looking up than down according to our health experts. And our tests and studies on human ergonomics for comfort when watching TV.

Determine seating height from the couch

What is the ideal viewing angle for a reclining seat?

Sitting in a recliner angles your head upward. You will need to mount your TV at a higher height. You may also need to tilt the screen down slightly to allow for the optimal viewing angle.

This is because you’ll be looking up toward the TV, and mounting it flush won’t provide the best angle.

Does TV size affect the needed TV height?

Yes, size does matter. Normally the bigger the TV is, the higher you will need to mount your tv mount to provide better eye-level viewing and the optimal viewing angle.

A bigger screen means there is more distance to the on-center point of the television. That is why you should find out the right TV size for the room.

What is viewing distance and why you should consider this when deciding your TV height?

Your viewing distance is how physically far you are sitting away from the TV. The viewing distance is most affected by TV size. The smaller the TV the closer you will need to be.

The bigger the TV the farther you’ll need to be. To get the optimum viewing distance you’ll want to divide your TV size by 0.55. For example, a 42” TV will have a viewing distance of 76”.

How to calculate optimum TV height?

Calculating the optimum TV height can be as simple as looking up a TV mounting height calculator. However, if you want to do it yourself you can do so by following this simple step by step formula:

  1. Sit down in a comfortable position on the couch or seat you will be watching from
  2. Have someone measure your eye level from the floor with a tape measure
  3. Take the same tape measure and measure the height of your TV
  4. Divide the TV height by two
  5. Subtract this number from your eye level height and you will see how many inches you need to mount your TV on the floor

That’s all there is to this DIY calculation. This is not overly difficult to work out, and the data just takes a small amount of time for your entertainment system to be better designed.

How high a TV should be mounted?

In the Lounge

How high should your TV be mounted inside of a lounge? You’re going to want to follow the 42” rule of thumb we’ve been discussing. This is the best TV mounting height on the wall from the floor.

If you have a TV cabinet or TV stand take this height into account when purchasing it.

You don’t want an LCD to be too low or too high. For a larger TV, you will need to mount the hardware higher on the wall to maintain proper eye level when viewing.

TV mounted on a lounge

On the kitchen wall

You should try to get as close to eye level as possible if your wall allows the space for it. More than likely you are going to be standing or sitting on high chairs in the kitchen.

This means your eye level would be different from sitting on a couch. Keep this difference in mind when mounting your TV.

It will probably need to be at a higher height than your living room or bedroom television.

Look at the wall you want to mount on and have a friend mark your eye level with some painter’s tape. This will be the best indication of where to mount the TV. 

TV mounted on the Kitchen

In the bedroom

How high should a TV be mounted in a bedroom? The nest of the human poses a different challenge than the other rooms we’ve discussed.

This is because you are not going to be sitting up watching TV. So, again, your eye level will be different.

If you do have a chair in your bedroom take the average of your eye level and find your priority based on the time spent in each viewing location including your eye level laying down.

These averages will make quite clear where the best point to mount your TV will be.

Here’s a detailed guide to finding the best height for your bedroom.

Tv mounted on a bedroom

Above the fireplace

How high should a TV be mounted above a fireplace? Usually mounting above your fireplace is going above eye level for nearly all people.

Don’t worry, you won’t have to experience all of the negative effects we went into earlier though. You can find a tilting TV mount and tilt the screen down to provide a better viewing angle. 

You can also get a drop-down fireplace mount which will allow you to bring the screen to a lower height giving you the best eye-level viewing position.

The tilting mount will be a little cheaper than the drop-down mount, but the drop-down is the better solution if you can afford it.

TV mounting above the fireplace with fire

What is more important to TV heighting?

When life comes to TV mounting, the most important thing is to maintain a healthy eye level [2] or as close to perfect based on averages that you can calculate based on different heights and viewing locations that are expected. 

Keeping viewing distance and viewing angle in mind may seem like a lot to do, but don’t skip over or “wing it” on this crucial step.

You could risk some serious consequences if you do when it comes to neck strain.

We’d like to thank you for reading our entire guide. Happy mounting!

More information:

  1. Mounting your TV: Best viewing angle and height, a guide from https://www.tomsguide.com/us/how-to-mount-tv,news-24719.html
  2. How high should I mount my TV? A blog from https://mount-it.com/blogs/articles/how-high-should-i-mount-my-tvWhi

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Hi, my name is Johann Holsinger, here at mountyourbox.com I share all of the tips and tricks I have professionally learned to help you set up your ultimate home entertainment system.