Understand how to choose and place TV in the living room


Today, a rare living room does without a TV. With the advent of flat screens, placing appliances on the wall has become a popular solution. Today we will tell how to do it correctly and turn the notorious TV into the decorative center of the room.

The secrets of ergonomics: we place TV correctly

  • The center of the TV screen should be at the level of the eyes of seated spectators or slightly lower. An exception can be made for models of large size - it is permissible here that the center is located slightly above the level of the direction of sight.
  • The size of the TV should correspond to the area of ​​the room, and when zoning the living room - the area of ​​the zone in which it is located. Equally inappropriate and huge matrices in compact rooms, and miniature appliances, lost in the vast large living room.
  • The distance from the TV to the seats should be equal to the diagonal of the screen, multiplied by two.
  • Installing a TV directly in front of the window is a bad decision: on a sunny, clear day, such a situation would make watching TV almost impossible.

1. Where to place the TV?

On the wall

For the placement of the TV is almost always chosen a long wall. The exception is living rooms, in which the integrity of the longitudinal walls is broken by window and door openings, and the end wall surface remains monolithic.

In a niche

Separately, I will note living rooms with grooves: if there are spacious empty niches in the rooms, there is no place for TV under the TV. Here you can install a sofa, armchairs and a coffee table by organizing a cozy and separate family cinema.

In the center of the room

If the living room is divided into several diversified areas, a logical question arises - how to arrange the TV area in the room? A good option is to install a household appliance in the center of the room in the area that is intended for recreation. On the reverse side of the TV can be closed with a rack, cabinet or partition. Agree, the back of the device, exposed to public display, aesthetics of the situation does not add.

Not in front of the window

The location of the TV dictates the very arrangement of furniture in the room. First of all, decide which point of the room (or several) you will look at. This may be a sofa, a dining table, a kitchen work area, but other options are possible.

And one more important point: if the screen is located on the opposite wall from the window, it is likely that it will shine and you will not see anything at all. The way out of this situation can be window-shutters or tight-fitting blackout curtains.

2. At what height to hang the TV?

If you are going to watch TV in the kitchen, say, standing at the stove, stand at the imaginary (if you have repairs so far) or an existing work surface, and then quickly move your eyes to that section of the wall where you plan to mount the TV. The place where you looked (it will most likely be the level of your eyes or a little lower / higher) needs to be remembered and immediately fixed accurately, say, with small chalk on the wall. This is supposed to be the center of the monitor.

The height of the location of the TV also dictates the position in which you intend to watch it. Standards in this regard are rather arbitrary, therefore there can be nothing better than personal rechecking.

Exactly according to the same principle, you will be able to determine the height of the location of the TV on the wall in any room where it is supposed to be located.

3. How to properly attach the TV to the wall?

If, when planning your TV, the installation of the TV is to be mounted on the wall, you must first check the technical ability to perform this operation. Remember: it is impossible to hang a heavy monitor on a plasterboard wall. More than 30-35 kg, it will not stand and risks simply collapse.

Remember: it is impossible to hang a heavy monitor on a plasterboard wall. More than 30-35 kg, it will not stand and risks simply collapse.

The monitor can be mounted on a brick or block wall with brackets. In this case, make sure in advance that the locations of the intended location of the dowels do not pass the wiring.

The brackets can be both fixed and adjustable. In any case, we recommend choosing the mobile option. Who knows - all of a sudden you will need to change the angle of inclination or turn the screen slightly in one direction or another.

4. Where to hide wires and cables?

There are three most common options:

  • Cable channel. You can paste it with wallpaper or paint it in the color of the walls so that it is less noticeable.
  • Grooves in the floor, wall, ceiling. Only suitable if you are sure that you will not change the location of the TV before the new repair.
  • Special furniture for TV with a well-thought-out system for fixing and fixing wires.

If your apartment is currently in a state of repair

Pre-design and properly prepare the location of the TV and the corresponding conclusions for it. The fact that you will need to: 2 standard outlets behind the monitor, 1 for the Internet and 1 TV. In them you connect the plasma monitor, tuner and / or Wi-Fi adapter. All these outlets can be safely hidden behind the plasma monitor itself, placing the sockets at a distance of 8-10 cm from the top or bottom edge of the monitor (as in your situation it will be more convenient).

If there is a TV stand under the TV, on which another media technician is supposed to be standing, the sockets behind it won't hurt you either. At a height of 25-30 cm from the floor, place the unit on 4-5 sockets: even if you don’t need them now, the technology doesn’t stand in place - it is better to spend some money now and save yourself from unnecessary problems with wires, sockets and carriers tomorrow.

If repair has already been made

All wires can be hidden in the cable box and gently bring it to the TV. Later this box can be designed to fit the style of the wall on which it is located - so as to disguise it as much as possible.

In the case when the TV is located opposite the window and you decide to use the advice about curtains on the electric cornice, plan another outlet on the ceiling in the place where such a curtain will hang (experts in curtains and electrician will tell you more about it).

5. How to choose the size of the diagonal?

Many TV fans dream of a big half-wall plasma. It is easy to buy such a TV, but before you do this, check how the parameters of your room allow you to look at such a monitor without harm to health.

The distance that is comfortable for the eyes from the monitor is 3-4 diagonals of the screen, in the case of liquid crystal monitors - 2-3 diagonals.

That is, a 40-inch TV should be viewed from a distance of 80-120 or 120-160 inches (1 inch equals 2.54 cm). Now it can be calculated that the eyes of a person looking at a 40-inch plasma should be located 3-4 meters from it, and for LCD monitors - 2-3 meters.

6. Do I need to organize a separate local lighting above the TV?

I answer: no, it is not necessary, since the glare from the lamp will interfere with the perception of images on the screen. However, you do not need to watch TV in complete darkness: the contrast of the bright screen and total darkness of the surrounding space not only reduces the comfort of viewing, but can also have a negative impact on vision.

The best option - a muted background lighting. For example, a chandelier with a dimmer set to the minimum brightness. Or a few spots, a beam of light from which you can direct into a wall or into a corner. Also built-in miniature LED lights, producing dimmed limited light. Even local illumination of paintings or mirrors can successfully play the role of background lighting when watching TV.