We sat down with a couple of our good friends from a home theater installation company in Denver, Colorado and asked them what they've learned from installing the hundreds of TVs above fireplaces. Here's what they had to share:
1. Focus on reducing neck strain. "Folks often fail to realize how high up the TV will be. Even if you have a shorter fireplace, it may be less of an issue, but you're likely to be way above the recommended eye-level for viewing.
We recommend getting a TV mount with tilt capability. It might not look as good tilting downward like that, but you can always just push it back into place when the TV's not on. Or, if you're really looking to get fancy, you can grab an automated mount that tilts when the TV is turned on and retracts when not in use. Chief has one for around $350."
4. Sketch it all out. "You'll probably want a quick checklist of all the things you'll need in order to pull it off. We break it up into a categorized hit list: mounting equipment, wire management, proper power allocation, sound equipment (if you're putting speakers into the walls, this gets super complicated), and the TV itself. Like most things, it's often better to plan it all out and check the list twice before jumping into the deep end."
Got a tip to share for mounting a TV above a fireplace? Let us know in the comments...