Which Way Should a TV Face in a Room?


This article discusses which way should a TV face in a room. Placing your TV in the right place to make the experience the best possible is not as simple and intuitive as many people would think. Read on to find out the best ways to position your television in any room of your house.

Which way should a TV face in a room? Ideally, the TV should be installed in the southeast corner of the living room. The northeast or the southwest directions are best avoided when it comes to placing your TV in the social space in the house so that the positive energies in the room are not blocked.

For most of us it’s hard to hide technology, so try to integrate it into your décor as best you can. Let’s face it: in the real world, decorating involves dealing with a television. It’s probably even safe to say that for many people the television is a focal point. But finding a place to put the television without compromising your furniture arrangement and décor can be a challenge. Here are some tips for decorating with televisions without compromising your décor integrity.

Which way should a TV face in a room
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TV Placement Tips

When it comes to placing the TV in any room, you need to consider a few things like the power source, spacing, and focal point. Let us learn more about these below.

Power Source

Locate the closest power source to where you want to put your TV. Make sure there’s enough of a power supply to handle any extras like Blu-ray players and sound systems. Also, consider where the windows are and how much glare you’ll get on the screen.

Spacing

First of all, it’s always best to put the television at eye level. This is best so that when you are seated, you’re not straining your neck or eyes by looking up or down to see the screen. Usually, about 4 feet off the ground is good. Then multiply the diagonal width of the screen by three to determine the best viewing distance.

Focal Point

If your TV is your focal point, then place it in the center of the seating area. If you have another focal point such as a mantel or a beautiful window, then think about placing it on the wall adjacent to the focal point so it can still be viewed comfortably.

Hide Your TV

If you don’t want your television to be a focal point, or you want to be able to conceal it at a moment’s notice, consider putting it in a cabinet or armoire with doors that can close. Make sure there are holes in the back or drill some yourself for all of the cords to go through. Also, be sure that the cabinet is easy to open and close if you have kids that will be using it.

Integrating Your TV

Incorporate your television into your décor by placing it on a unit such as a bookcase and surround it with books, objects, and photographs. To integrate it, even more, surround it with a gallery wall of photography or art in black frames.

Flip Your TV

If you want to have a small television in an area such as the kitchen, purchase one that can be mounted under cupboards and flipped up or down as you need it. These can also work in dens or home offices.

Factors to Consider When Placing TV in a Room

Some of the factors that you need to consider when placing a TV in a room include the location, the strength of the wall, the location of the components, the cables, the size, weight, and how the TV will be viewed. Learn more about these factors below.

Location

The first thing you want to consider when installing a TV wall mount is location. There’s a lot to this one, from viewing angle and sun exposure, to where you’re going to keep your connected devices, to the location of the nearest power outlet. Then there’s the issue of where all your cables are going to go – hanging cables can be an eyesore. It’s even a bad idea to mount your TV above a fireplace, as counter-intuitive as that might be.

Size, Weight, and how the TV will be Viewed

You also need to factor in the size of the TV. This is important because you need to be sure that the brackets you buy will be able to hold the size and weight of the TV. Once that’s determined and double-checked, then consider how you’re going to watch the TV. If the TV will be in a fixed location on the wall, you’ll want tilt also called fixed brackets. They hang the TV on the wall like a painting. If you want the TV to articulate out from the wall, which allows for multiple viewing angles, opt for full-motion brackets.

Location of the Components

The next main thing to consider is what will sit next to the TV. Most people have a cable box either AT&T, DirecTV, or Verizon, and a Blu-ray player or Apple TV. Some of these components are small enough to strap to the back of the TV, like a Chromecast. But for larger components, you’re going to have to find a place to put them. Most people have a media credenza or a media center right below the TV, but that isn’t an option if the TV will be mounted over a fireplace. So, have a wiring plan long before that TV is up on the wall.

Strength of the Wall

Make sure the brick wall or wooden divider can support the weight of the wall-mounted television. Despite what your buddies may say, regular drywall cannot hold the weight of your new television. Some manufacturers provide mounts and screws that can be used to install the TV on the wall. Alternatively, according to the TV’s mounting style, a wall mount can be purchased separately from manufacturers that the TV maker endorses.

Cable Management

Conceal the wiring for a clutter-free appearance: exposed TV cords can be an annoyance. Paintable conduits should be used to cover the exposed wires. This is one of the most practical solutions, particularly in a rental flat when the tenant cannot alter the walls. For homeowners, we recommend that the brick wall can be chipped to provide room for the hidden wiring for the wall-mounted TV, then plastered and painted. Other options include commissioning a wall cabinet, a built-in wall unit, or wall paneling in materials such as plywood so that the TV wiring can be concealed within it.

Other Entertainment Systems

Your TV may be one device out of the other electronics that make up your home entertainment system. You may also have an audio system, a cable box, a game console, DVRs, and other devices and entertainment systems that can be connected to your TV. If you have a cabinet where your other entertainment systems are placed, you can either place your TV near the cabinet if it has been placed there permanently. Another convenient solution is to place floating shelving under the TV for convenient placement and entertainment devices.

✅ Video – Where to Put a TV in Bedroom

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Should You Direct Light Sources Away from the TV?

When decorating the room, most people first place the sofas. Often they put them against a window, for the entry of light heats the seats and make this area become a space for sunbathing while reading. As consequence, people tend to put the TV on the wall or cabinet that is in front of the sofa. Under this scheme, the image suffers because it receives sunlight, getting degraded.

Having a direct light source toward the screen will create an uncomfortable glare. The windows will reflect white squares on the screen, which ‘wash’ the color and generate points that distract the viewer. This might also happen with the different lights inside the house. The first thing to consider when you are about to place your TV is to avoid putting it in front of any source of light.

Is the Direction of the Sun a Factor in TV Placement?

The position of the sun or better yet, the orientation of the room, influences the image we see. If the sun sets behind the line of the TV, the evening light will hit directly the spectator in the face and disturb their vision. If light enters laterally it might wash a little the image by the reflection of the window on the screen. The ideal in this situation is to put the TV as far away from the window.

The light coming through the window will be more even and, as the sun doesn’t come from the front, it should not hit the spectator’s face. This is an ideal situation and many rooms have to accommodate the built environment. In case you have translucent curtains, closing them will help disperse the light pollution and lower the brightness.

Is it Safe to Mount the TV above the Fireplace?

Several mounting methods and systems allow placing and hanging flat-screen TVs above a fireplace. Select a mounting system designed to suit your TV’s weight and size to ensure the unit stays safely secured to the wall. If the area above your fireplace is drywall, you’ll likely need to secure the mounting system to a wall stud, so check the stud location before you begin. Be sure to follow all manufacturer instructions carefully to avoid damage to your TV or the wall. If you have a deep mantel, consider placing your TV on a stand.

Conclusion

You have reached the end of this article that discusses which way a TV should face in a room. As technology advances, new-age TVs are getting slimmer, and the wall-mounted TV has emerged as the most popular form of TV installation, in both compact and spacious homes. The best part about a wall-mounted TV is that it helps to save precious floor space and can be easily positioned at a level that ensures comfortable viewing. Thank you for reading!

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