Why TV above fireplace?
Although placing a TV above a fireplace is becoming more and more common, there are some who disagree with this trend. Some claim it’s a fire hazard, while others claim it’s too high up and uncomfortable to watch. However, there are also some valid arguments for thinking about mounting your TV above your hearth.
Here are a few reasons why people mount their TVs above the fireplace:
- Conserve room. Installing a TV above the fireplace in a small living room can maximize available space and create a lighter, more airy atmosphere.
- Establish a central point. A TV over the hearth can serve as a room focal point and bring people together.
- Cover cables. You can conceal unsightly wires and cords by mounting your TV above the fireplace.
- Expand the angles of view. Everyone in your large living room will be able to see the TV better if it is mounted above the fireplace.
However, there are also some potential drawbacks to mounting your TV above the fireplace:
- Angle of view. It may be uncomfortable to watch TV for extended periods of time if it is mounted too high.
- Thermal injury. Over time, the TV may sustain damage from the fireplace’s heat.
- One may find it challenging to see the TV screen due to the glare from the fireplace.
- Risk to safety. A person could be hurt if the TV falls and is not mounted correctly.
If you're considering mounting your TV above your fireplace, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Verify that the TV is positioned correctly. When seated, the middle of the TV screen ought to be at eye level.
- Make use of a tilt mount. This will enable you to gently tilt the TV downward for a more comfortable viewing angle.
- Take into account the fireplace’s heat. It might be necessary for you to install a heat shield over your wood-burning fireplace in order to shield your TV.
- Use caution when attaching the TV. Ensure that you use the appropriate hardware and adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Here are some additional tips for mounting your TV above the fireplace:
- Select a mount made especially for mounting televisions over fireplaces. Usually made of stronger materials, these mounts are resistant to the heat generated by the fireplace.
- Verify that the TV’s weight and size are appropriate for the mount.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing the mount.
- To make sure the TV is mounted evenly, use a level.
- Check that the TV is at the right height and at a comfortable viewing angle by testing it after it has been mounted.
It is always best to get professional advice before mounting your TV above the fireplace if you have any concerns.
Here are some additional considerations:
- Sound quality. Mounting your TV above the fireplace can reflect sound off the fireplace mantel, which can distort the sound quality.
- Fireplace usage. If you use your fireplace frequently, the heat and smoke could damage your TV over time.
- Aesthetics. Some people believe that mounting a TV above a fireplace looks cluttered and unprofessional.