A great source of many laughs, sniffles, and emotions, TV is rightly considered as the centre of the home. Millennials have seen TV evolving from a cabinet box placed snugly inside a carefully designed showcase to a smart internet-enabled LED. The good news is, TV has now become sleeker, smarter, wider, and lighter, with some families preferring to have an additional TV in the bedroom.
The modern-day TV does not fit into the traditional old world set-up, mostly because of its size. That leaves one with two options, mounting it on a wall or placing it on a TV unit. A popular choice is a wall-mounted TV because it leaves a lot of space on the floor level and is considered quite safe when you have kids at home. When you’re doing up your new place, it is essential to understand a few technicalities before you install a TV. If you are hiring interior design services, do inform them about the preferred location and they’ll allocate the required space and power outlet for the TV.
Before you decide on the TV unit, here’s an essential checklist drawn up by our experts which will enhance your viewing experience.
TV Unit Location
The location of your TV is directly correlated to a comfortable viewing experience. If you’re deciding on a wall mount, it will be wise to keep an eye out for the sun. Direct sunlight on the TV hampers the view and can also damage the screen. If at all, it is placed near a window, make sure you have dark shade curtains to block out the light.
Allocate adequate power outlets where you want to place the TV, else you’ll have to rework on electrical fittings after the TV is installed. A good interior designer will make provision to hide the wires with intelligent placement of power outlets.
Height and Placement
Location checked, now is the time for figuring out the best possible height to install the TV. Ideally, the height of the TV should be kept at an eye level when viewing from a sofa, bed, or chair. Nine feet distance is a standard, a little closer will enhance the experience. The width of the TV with respect to viewing distance matters a lot when you are looking for an optimum experience.
If you’re not going for a wall mount, then check for the TV unit height, screen size, viewing distance. All these three factors can make or break your entertainment hours. Make sure you’ve allocated plug points within the easy reach of TV wires. The height and TV placement should leave room for accessing slots and buttons easily in case you plan to use it for gaming and other purposes.
Imagine you’ve decided to wall mount the TV only to find out that the wall is prone to damage due to leaks or is not strong enough. Hence, it is extremely important to find out the load-bearing capacity of the wall and look for signs which might damage your TV set. Interior designers usually make a mental note of such signs.
Proper drilling points ensure that your TV sits comfortably on the wall and is not tilted in any way. Usually, the TV installation team does the drilling, it is advisable to understand the placement and distance to avoid any bad surprises.
Furniture plays an important role in making TV viewing a relaxing activity. Keep the chair too close to the TV, it will make you feel like you’re watching a movie from a front-row seat and will also increase the chances of spraining your neck. Too far, will make you lose interest in watching the TV because it won’t be an immersive experience.
Play around with your furniture placement to zero down on the optimum distance. It is preferable to have the furniture placement opposite to the TV, think theatre type arrangement, the side view is a complete no-no. If you are installing the TV in the bedroom, check the distance when lying down, you might want to go for a bigger TV.
TV Wall Background
Now that you’ve decided on the wall and placement, it’s time to figure out what you want on the wall behind the TV. Remember TV comes with wires, you don’t want unsightly wires dangling about while you watch your favourite series. Huge paintings, big decorative accessories, etc. are not recommended in the area surrounding the TV. It should be kept bare and minimal. If it all, you’d like to accessorise, keep a plant in the corner far from the TV. Same goes for a TV unit too, you can keep small decorative accessories that won’t distract you from the viewing experience.
Neutral colours on the wall will soothe your eyes and won’t make you lose focus from the picture. The TV can also be mounted on a wooden unit placed on the wall, it will help tone down the surrounding area with a natural shade and is a smart hack to cover the wires.
The next time you design a TV unit for your home, make sure you keep these points handy. If you still need some help in setting up a TV unit at home, reach out to our team at HomeLane to help you enhance your viewing experience.