How High Should a TV Be Mounted? and Other Questions

One of the first questions that gets asked in the process of mounting a flat screen TV to a wall is “How high should I place the screen?” For those who want their viewing experience to be as immersive as possible, this is a vital question. The height of a TV screen can mean the difference between an engrossing, theater experience when viewing movies and shows or a cricked neck.

As Lee Marc, CEO of MantelMount describes it, “It can feel like you are sitting in the front row of a movie theater. The problems associated with that can be eye strain, chronic neck pain, and chronic back pain. You are also going to degrade the quality of the TV. People spend all this money to get a clear, beautiful picture and then they watch it at an angle that degrades the picture quality.”

Figuring out how high a TV should be mounted is the first step in creating a comfortable, idyllic viewing experience. The general rule of thumb is that, while seated, the center of the TV should be exactly at eye level.

However, much like the English language, there are a series of conditionals that come attached to that statement. Room layout, audience positioning, audience height and even the size of the TV itself can all be influential in determining the height of the TV, as well as what mount you might want to use.

As such finding a truly ideal screen placement requires a little more finetuning. To help elucidate both beginners and experts on this topic, CE Pro reached out to Marc and the experts of MantelMount for additional guidance. Figuring Out How High to Mount a TV
As mentioned previously, the general rule of thumb is to have it so that, when the intended audience is seated, the center of the mounted TV is as high as eye level. To break it down even further, many guides will state that any screen up to 85-inches in diagonal length (which is the general calculation of TV sizes) can be placed 42-inches off the ground, from floor to center of the TV.

However, others will contend that, when wall mounting a TV, the screen should be placed high enough that, when seated, the bottom of the TV is just eye level, and when standing, the top of the TV is at eye level. The reason for this is that, using the general guidelines above, many of the larger TVs will end up with very little floor clearance once installed, which can be problematic for accumulation of dirt, furniture placement, etc.

Two men installing a television on the wall
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For Marc and the experts over at MantelMount, they’ve developed a set of recommended TV heights based on their experience working on mounting projects over the years. These vary slightly from the generally recommended heights and therefore allow for greater floor clearance while still maintaining a comfortable viewing experience:

A 43-inch TV should be mounted 56 inches from floor to TV center.
A 55-inch TV should be mounted roughly 61 inches off the floor.
A 65-inch TV should be 65 inches off the floor.
And a 70-inch TV should be roughly 67 inches from the floor to the center of the TV.

Knowing the ideal height to mount the TV at, you can then mark that position on the wall using a simple calculation. Using a 43-inch TV as an example, you simply take the screen height (22 inches in this case) divide it in half (11 inches) and then subtract it from the recommended mounting height. Using this, you can determine that the bottom of the TV should be 45-inches off the ground once mounted, allowing you to mark the wall at that height.

What is the Ideal Viewing Distance for a TV?
Another element that’s just as important as figuring out how high a TV should be mounted is figuring out how far away one should be seated when watching, Marc notes.

Have audiences seated too far from the screen, and it can lead to a lack of immersion when watching movies or shows. However, placing the seating area too close to the TV can lead to its own set of issues. It might not ruin your eyesight like your mom once told you, but the associated eye strain will certainly lead to some literal headaches.

Thankfully, there’s a handy method, according to Marc, for calculating the ideal viewing distance based off the size of the display. Let’s use a 65-inch TV as an example. To calculate the ideal viewing distance for it, all you need to do is divide it by 0.55, meaning the ideal viewing distance is 118 inches (roughly nine feet) away.

For a 55-inch display, that translates to 100 inches, or a little over eight feet of viewing distance. For 42-inches, it’s a 76-inch recommended viewing distance. No matter what, just divide the display size by 0.55 and you’ll have your ideal viewing distance. It even works for projection screens.

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