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At what height should I hang my TV?

Sorry for the elementary question but Googling that gives me 100 results and I have no idea who to trust. I need to hang a 50" TV in my bedroom on the wall opposite to my bedframe. At what height, relative to my bed's height, am I supposed to hang it? How do I calculate that?

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    mat
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    With TVs I've always used the rule of thumb that if you split the screen horizontally into quarters, the top line should be level with your eyeline. So you're looking up at 1/4 of the screen and...

    With TVs I've always used the rule of thumb that if you split the screen horizontally into quarters, the top line should be level with your eyeline. So you're looking up at 1/4 of the screen and down at 3/4 of it, if that makes sense.

    Computer monitors should be higher, top of the screen level with your eyes.

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    balooga
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    @mat's post has a good rule of thumb, but if you're a visual person who benefits from images of "what not to do" you may find r/TVTooHigh and r/TVTooLow helpful for calibration also. The fact of...

    @mat's post has a good rule of thumb, but if you're a visual person who benefits from images of "what not to do" you may find r/TVTooHigh and r/TVTooLow helpful for calibration also.

    The fact of the matter is, TVs mounted on walls are a pretty new thing in history, and most rooms are decorated to accommodate the most approximate previous standard, which is framed wall art. But ergonomically, TVs need to be a lot lower than pictures, and with correct placement they often end up leaving a weird-looking patch of naked wall above them. This isn't really a solved problem yet, as I understand it. Lots of people mount too high so it'll look less weird, and then just endure the neck pain.

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      Greg
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      It's become kind of self-reinforcing now, too: people mount TVs high because that's where a picture would go, or because there's a nice empty space above the fireplace, or because there'd be a...

      It's become kind of self-reinforcing now, too: people mount TVs high because that's where a picture would go, or because there's a nice empty space above the fireplace, or because there'd be a noticeable gap above otherwise - and then we all get used to seeing TVs mounted at a height better for standing than sitting, and it looks even more intuitively wrong to mount it at optimal sofa height.

      FWIW, I've got mine wall mounted with the base edge about 20cm above a sideboard. It's still a good height to watch the TV while sitting, but the piece of furniture below anchors it downwards and deemphasises the space above.

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      1. vord
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        Living in older homes, before 1965, make this very practical. The various entryways, retrofited ducting, and room shape all tend to have the fireplace as a focal point for seating. Which made...

        because there's a nice empty space above the fireplace

        Living in older homes, before 1965, make this very practical. The various entryways, retrofited ducting, and room shape all tend to have the fireplace as a focal point for seating. Which made sense pre-TV and when the fireplace was a primary form of heating.

        We solved this problem by installing a nice pull-out mount which can tilt horizontally and vertically to aim the TV at you. With recliners it's quite a bit more comfortable than non-reclining sofas with standard TV stands.

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    2. Adys
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      It also depends where (in which room) you're mounting the TV and for what purpose. A very high TV like this one is fine if it's a bedroom TV viewed from afar when lying down in the bed. Maybe it's...

      It also depends where (in which room) you're mounting the TV and for what purpose. A very high TV like this one is fine if it's a bedroom TV viewed from afar when lying down in the bed. Maybe it's a little high in that picture but lower and it'd be a painful watch from the bed.

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  3. pocketry
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    I put mine relatively high so it would be out of the reach of my toddler. I got a nice mount though so it is angled downward a little.

    I put mine relatively high so it would be out of the reach of my toddler. I got a nice mount though so it is angled downward a little.

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  4. Pistos
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    I've never had a TV wall mounted (always on a stand or in a wall unit). If I did wall mount a TV, I wouldn't want to look up at it. I'm thinking of the neck strain and eye strain (eyelids could be...

    I've never had a TV wall mounted (always on a stand or in a wall unit). If I did wall mount a TV, I wouldn't want to look up at it. I'm thinking of the neck strain and eye strain (eyelids could be open wider to accommodate having to look up at a higher angle).

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