How High Should You Mount Your TV?

Now that you know how to wall-mount your HDTV for practically nothing, it's time to figure out where you need to mount it. Scope out your cable outlet, find a sturdy stud—then ask yourself the one question: How high?
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If you're looking for a hard and fast rule for measuring how high to mount your TV, we're sorry. There isn't a one-fits-all solution. But if you take a moment to thoughtfully consider how you watch TV, the answer (and soon your TV) will be right in front of you.

What room is it in?
And ideal TV placement won't be the same in every room. For instance, you'll probably want your TV mounted higher up in the bedroom so piles of sheets won't block your view.

Where are you when you watch it?
Figuring out how high to mount the TV has everything to do with where people sit when they watch it. Tall stools? A low-to-the-ground sofa? A good rule of thumb is to mount the TV so that its center lines up with the eye level of the people watching.

Are there any existing features to work around?
The "ideal" height might not always be attainable or desirable, especially if you're trying to work the TV into a room's decor. Things like chair rails or built-in shelving can get in the way, so just try to get as close to eye-level as possible. And if you've always had your eye set on an above-the-fireplace TV mount, go for it. Just make sure the elevated height won't strain your neck—sit on the sofa and practice staring at the area for several minutes.


(Images: Flickr member mk30 licensed for use under Creative Commons, Notting Hill House's TV Above the Fireplace)

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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer based in Atlanta, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She loves her fiance, her dog Bacon, and collecting beer koozies when she travels.

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