How High You Should Mount Your TV for Optimal Viewing

Unboxing a brand-new TV is exciting for everyone. But, after the initial excitement, one faces the dilemma of how and where to mount it. Many people are discovering the advantages of wall-mounting their television.

Moving away from cumbersome TV stands allows you to save lots of room in your home and creates a more unified and clean look.

How High to Mount Your TV

Not everyone knows how high a TV should be mounted once they buy their unit. Here are a few tips on how high you ought to mount your TV.

To work out the perfect mounting height of your TV, we first need to know the dimensions of the TV, the viewing distance from the TV, the eye-level height from the ground, and the reclining sitting angle.

Step 1: Find the Size of the TV (TVS): 

The size of your TV significantly affects the TV mounting height. Once you buy a TV, the dimensions are marked on the box, and If you have an existing TV and don’t remember the measurements, you’ll need to measure it You’ll find the dimensions of your TV by measuring it diagonally, and just the screen, not the bevel.

Step 2: Find the Viewing Distance (VD):

The viewing distance also contributes to the mounting height of your TV and the distance between the TV screen from the place you’re sitting.

The optimal viewing distance is often based on the dimensions of your television, or it can be measured from where you are seated to the wall where the TV is mounted (in inches).

The optimal VD can be calculated from the following formula: Viewing Distance (VD)=TVSx1.67; this is often the optimum TV Viewing distance which is predicated on your TV size, or it can be measured if you can’t sit at the optimum distance due to your room layout.  

Safe TV Viewing distance

Step 3: Find the Eye Level Height from the ground (ELH):

Your eye level also contributes to the TV mounting height. It is the distance (in inches) of your eyes from the ground while you are sitting watching the TV. You can easily predict this using the chart above.

Step 4: Find the Reclining Angle (RA):

The reclining angle also affects the height of mounting your TV. If you stay up straight in your seat or couch while you’re watching TV and your torso forms a 90-degree angle with the ground, then the reclining angle is zero. If you lie back on your couch, then the reclining angle is measured from the vertical and not equal to zero.

Therefore, the more you recline, the higher the TV mounting height is. Generally, the couch manufacturers have a reclining angle range of 10-15 degrees for casual sitting.

Step 5: Calculate the TV Mounting Height (TVMH):

So now that we know all the parameters that contribute to the TV mounting height, we can estimate it with the following formulas:                                  

TV Mounting Height (TVMH) =0.22xVD+ELH, this formula assumes 12.5 degrees of reclining angle for simplicity and the distance in inches from the ground to the TV center. 

With the correct type of wall mount kit, a few essential tools, and attention to detail, you can mount your TV at the right height.

Step 6: Mount the TV:

Screw the mounting arms from the kit to the back of the TV. Next secure the mounting arms to the provided wall plate as if completing wall mount assembly.

Step 7:

Measure the calculated height up the wall from any horizontal location and mark that spot. This is where the centerline of the TV will hit.

Step 8:

Divide the height of your TV by two. Measure and mark this distance above the calculated height—this is where the top of the TV will be. Measure and keep the same distance below the calculated height mark—there is where the bottom of the TV will be.

Step 9:

Enlist a friend to help you hold the TV in front of the wall at this height. Have the friend trace an outline of the TV on the wall using painter’s tape and repeat it around the four corners of the wall plate. 

Step 10.

Check your outlines with a level. In this way, you can make sure you’re satisfied with the way the TV will appear and then, with the help of the stud finder and toolbox, finish mounting your flat screen.