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How High To Hang TV In Bedroom (Complete Guide)

This guide will teach you how high to hang TV in bedroom and other TV wall mounting ideas. You will learn how to to hang your TV at the proper height. The appropriate height for a mounted TV in your bedroom wall is dependent with the size of the TV, how and where the TV will be watched as well as the height of your bed and furniture placement. Hanging a TV on the wall is a great way to save precious space in your bedroom however, finding the optimal viewing height can be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, there are two ways to find the best height for mounting your bedroom TV on the wall.

The first is by following the recommended height by most interior designers and architects. The height according to them to mount your TV is 42 inches. The 42 inches is the distance from the floor to the center of the TV screen. However, as the size of your television increases, the distance between the bottom edge of the screen and the floor decreases.

The second is by mounting your TV based on your eye level. Mounting your screen at eye level will prevent neck pain and ensure that you are in a relaxed position while watching your favorite shows on your flat screen TV. The only problem is that with this method, if you and your loved ones have huge differences in height, it can cause issues. You can resolve this height difference by taking the average height. To get this you add all your height numbers then divide by the number of people.


How High To Hang TV In Bedroom Based On 42-inches Recommended Height

1. To calculate the ideal distance between the floor to the bottom of the TV, the first thing that you need to do is to know the size of your TV.  Knowing the size of your TV will help you to buy the appropriate TV mount.

2. Get the center height of the TV by measuring the overall height of your TV and then divide it by two.

How high to hang TV in bedroom

3. Subtract the answer that you get from step 2 from the recommended height of 42 inches to get the optimal height of the TV on the wall. Below is your quick reference for the optimal TV height on a wall per TV size:

How high to hang TV in bedroom


Formula To Know The Viewing Distance For Each TV Screen Size

Sitting closer to the TV screen can cause eye strain and although the viewing distance is entirely base on personal preference, below is the formula to help you to know the ideal distance based on the size of your TV screen. This is used if you want to know the optimal viewing distance.

  • Viewing Distance divide by two = Recommended TV Size

Get your tape measure so that you can measure the distance in inches between the wall where you are planning to hang or place your TV to the seating area or seated position where you usually sit to watch the TV. If you usually sit 96 inches (8 feet) from the TV, then you need to divide 96 inches by 2 which is equal to 48 inches. The 48 inches is the recommended TV screen if you usually sit 96 inches from the TV.

  • 96 inches / 2 = 48 inches

Or you can take the size of your TV screen and multiply by 2 to know the ideal distance. For example if you have 65-inch TV just multiply it by 2 to get the ideal distance.

  • 65 inches x 2 = 130 inches or 10.83 Ft (ideal viewing distance)

You can also calculate the viewing distance.


Comfortable Viewing Angle

Ideally a TV should be hung or placed parallel to the eyes with no more than a 15 degree angle up or down and no more than a 40 degree angle to the left and right. According to the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), you should sit at a distance where the screen fills 30° of your field of vision and watch the TV at eye level height to have the best viewing experience..


Other Factors Affecting The Height And The TV Placement

If the recommended TV mounting height of 42 inches between the floor and the center of the screen is not for you because the height of your bed is higher that the average bed’s height or you are taller than the average height of most people, you will need to figure out the ideal height that is suited for your needs. Use the second method of finding the best height for mounting your TV on the wall which is based on the users average eye level. Below are other factors that you can encounter during TV placement where following the recommended 42 inches is not applicable:

Seating Or Bed Height

The 42-inch recommended height is based on the assumptions that viewers are seated 15 to 20 inches above the floor on a couch. However, if you are going to watch your TV on the bed, you will most likely be seated 25 to 30 inches above the floor on a bed. The standard bed height is between 25 inches to 30 inches which means that you may need to adjust the distance between the floor and bottom edge of your TV based on the eye level when you and your loved ones are sitting on the bed while watching TV.

Viewers Height

Aside from the height of the chair and bed, another factor that would greatly affect the distance of your TV from the floor is the viewers height. Obviously, eye level varies with height. If you are planning to hang a TV in your kid’s bedroom and you know that your kids like to watch TV on the floor, you basically need to hang the TV lower than the standard so your kid’s necks will not experience any discomfort.

Available Spot In Your Room

The foot of the bed is not always the best place to mount your bedroom TV, especially if that place is full of shelves or cabinets. If this is your case, you will need to place the TV in whatever spot is available. You just need to make sure that your TV will not cause any obstruction and there is nothing to block the screen preventing you from seeing the screen.


How To High To Hang TV In Bedroom Based On Users Average Eye Level

  • Tape the screen’s diagonal corners with low-stick painter’s tape and do the same thing to the two remaining corners. The center of the TV is where the two strips meet or intersect.
  • Ask the bedroom owner/owner to sit facing the TV screen on the bed if they are watching TV from the bed. Set a laser level facing the wall behind the viewer where the beam should cross the viewer’s back approximately at an eye level. Remember, the viewer should never look at the beam for safety during this process.
  • Raise or lower the TV until the laser line and the screen’s center meet.
  • You can also use this same process when you are planning to wall mount your flat-screen TV in your living room.

Once you figure out the right height or ideal height to mount your TV that would give an optimum viewing distance and will not cause any neck strain, the next thing that you are going to need to do is to answer the following questions to have a right mounting plan.


Things That You Need To Do Before You Hang A TV In A Bedroom

Different Types Of Mounts

TV wall mounting hardware comes in different sizes and weight limits. Check the product specification of your new TV to determine the compatible mounting brackets for your TV.

  • Fixed TV mount – Keeps your TV stationary and flush against the wall.
  • Swivel TV mount – This type of mount will allow the TV to move to the right and to the left to accommodate viewing from a room,
  • Tilting TV mount – Comes with adjustable brackets that will provide the capability to angle the screen down for best viewing. This is used if you installed your TV higher on the wall.
  • Full-Motion mount – Gives the ability to customize the viewing angle by moving the television manually left, right, up or down. Some models come with a telescoping arm which can be essential especially when you are going to mount your TV in the corner part of a room.

Choosing The Location

Careful planning is needed when mounting a TV on the wall. You need to consider the following to save your time and to prevent yourself from unnecessary stress.

  • Choose a place where there is easy access or is near to power outlets, connections for speakers, cable inputs and other accessories. Aside from that, the wall should be a weight bearing wall to support safely the combined load of TV, brackets, hardware and other components needed to wall mount your flat TV.
  • You need to know where your gaming consoles, DVD and cable boxes should be stored. Utilize a TV console with storage as it provides the perfect place to hold such components and all other TV essentials and accessories.
  • Cutout cardboard with the same size of your TV and hang it on the wall of your chosen location.
  • Using painter’s tape, attach the cardboard to the wall.
  • Check that location from different spots around the room to make sure that it is centered and the height is not too high or too low but is a perfect height for you and your loved ones.

Cords Management

Until everything is wireless, tangled cables will be behind entertainment centers.  Out-of-control cords can easily mess up your TV connection and make the whole area look disorganized and ugly. You may need to hire a professional to help you with cords management by installing all TV wires in the wall using a recessed cable plate, just like what we did when we renovated our living room.  I made sure that hiding TV cords was part of our plan and we utilized a full motion mount because the TV was mounted at the left side corner of our living room.  We then placed our speaker on top of the console table while the other TV accessories are placed inside the TV console.

Once you’re satisfied with the location where you want to mount your TV, you are now ready to drill the holes in your wall. Click here to learn the step by step procedure on how to mount a flat screen TV.

Hope that my guide on how high to hang TV in bedroom will give you an idea about the things that you need to know to hang your TV on any wall with the ideal TV height.


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