The average seated height for an adult is 18 inches above the floor, with a relaxed eye level two feet above that. Doing a little simple math, the center of the screen should be around 42 inches, or 3 ½ feet from the ground. For viewing the TV, a swivel mount is a great option for helping everyone catch the action. For TVs mounted on the wall, or standing on your cabinet, just make sure your media furniture is the right size to accommodate your TV.
The distance from the TV should be at least double the diagonal measurement of the television. Hosts with 42-inch TVs should seat their guests comfortably at least seven feet away from the screen. It’s also critical to check out the view from each seat in the room. Unless you have a curved TV, for example, views from the side may be limited.
Sound needs will vary, depending on the size of your room. In smaller spaces, a simple soundbar should provide plenty of sound for the whole group. In larger spaces, hosts should consider surround sound, placing speakers throughout the room, and close to higher traffic areas. It is also important to consider a media cabinet that can hide those wires and best accommodate sound systems.
Consider today’s television technology. 4K and curved TVs can make guests feel like they’re sitting in the first row, or on center court, but also come with plenty of cords and cables. Just make sure your media cabinet can accommodate the latest technologies with features like cable management, flow through ventilation, IR-friendly glass and movable shelving.
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