We all love a good entertainment system at home, and when we say home entertainment, we’re referring mainly to the television set. Indeed, a good TV set makes a happier home. Instead of going to the cinemas for movies or to karaoke studios for some belting sessions, you can just stay home and enjoy these activities right in the comfort of your home. It saves you from the hustle and bustle of crowds, traffic, and all stresses of the day that you wish to avoid.
Hence, it is essential to have a good TV at home. Whether you install it on your bedroom for personal viewing or in the living room for quality time with the family, it is important to properly select the right TV in order to make the viewing experience more pleasant. Before you decide to ditch your old TV and start shopping for a new one, read these tips on how to choose the right TV for your space.
Consider the size of your room so that your TV would not too be huge or too little for your space. Measure the room dimensions first and then decide which wall or side of the room you will place the TV. A bigger TV does not necessarily mean better, especially if your space is so limited that the TV seems to crowd it. You will also end up sitting way too close to the gigantic screen and you cannot anymore fully see the entire span.
The last thing you want is to have such a big screen that overwhelms you!
One rule of thumb (as suggested by Samsung) is that the right TV size is equal to the viewing distance (in inches) divided by three. For example, if you are planning to place the TV 10 feet from the sofa, the viewing distance will be 120 inches (just simple math, 10 feet multiplied by 12 inches/foot). When you divide 120 inches by 3, the result is 40 inches. Thus, the TV that will best fit your room will be around 40 inches.
The SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) have more liberal estimate. Instead of using 3 as divisor, use 1.6 in dividing the viewing distance. From the example stated earlier, the right TV size will around 75 inches (that’s 120 inches divided by 1.6).
The results are quite different and it’s now up to you which one will make you happier. The smaller one may be cheaper, but would you be satisfied with it? The larger one will drain your bank account, but wouldn’t it make you happier? Weigh these options and decide which best suits you. At least, you now have a good estimate to help you base the right TV size.
Viewing angle is another vital consideration. Sharp angles will strain your neck and tire you out eventually. You will also see negative images when seated at such angle to the TV. It is recommended that your TV is parallel to your eyes, with no more than a 15-degree angle up or down, and no more than a 40-degree angle to the left or right.
Design and style
Different brands and models of TV come in varying colours, material, and make. Hence, be wary in choosing the design of your TV so that it complements well with the other objects in the room. If your room is dark-coloured, a TV in white or oak shades will work well in creating great contrast. However, you can also go darker by choosing black matt or walnut finishes, especially if most items in the room like the furniture are also in dark shade, and lighting is not a major issue in your design perspective.
Decide also if you want your TV to be free standing or one mounted to the wall. For large spaces, a free-standing TV will be good so that you can play with your artistic genius on the wall behind it. You can make the TV a feature piece by displaying it on a multi-display compartment and pair it with a chic sound system. If your room is small, a mounted TV will be better as it will not take so much space.
A TV standing or hanging alone can be quite lonely to look at. It is always better to match your TV with some other pieces like a cupboard, drawer storage, shelf, desk, and sideboards. This achieves balance, symmetry, and fullness in the space. Aside from the aesthetic viewpoint, these pieces also add more functionality as storage for the TV remote control, cables, electronic devices, books, toys, and other display items. This is a particularly good way to hide those dangling wires and cords. Instead of shopping for them, opt to have these furniture units built so that you can customise the colours, dimensions, and finishes.
With all these considerations, we can now hit the showrooms or check online for some TV models. In the end, a good decision in picking the size, design and style of your TV will make you a happier and more contented viewer.