TV SCREEN SIZES
This handy section of the guide will help you decide what TV screen size is the most practical for your home. It’s probably the most important decision you’ll make when choosing a television.
WHAT SCREEN SIZES ARE AVAILABLE?
Modern TVs come in sizes anywhere between 24 to 75 inches, although you may see larger or smaller screens on the market. 32”, 42”, 48”, 55” and 65” models are the most common.
Screen size is measured diagonally from the bottom left corner to the top right corner, and given in inches. Don’t forget, these measurements don’t include the bezel – the border between the screen and the frame – and the overall dimensions of the set will vary from model to model.
Screen size is measured diagonally from the bottom left corner to the top right corner.
TV PLACEMENT IS KEY
First of all, you’ll need to decide where you want to place your TV in your home. Is it going to be the main attraction in your living room for the whole family to enjoy? Or are you looking for a model that’s less conspicuous for a bedroom?
The room’s size and space you have available are big factors in determining the TV’s size. Think about how many people are in your family and how many of you typically watch TV at once.
Once you’ve decided the above, you should measure the area before visiting a store – or browse online. This will give you a clear idea of the TV sizes that will fit comfortably in the space before you commit to anything.
You’ll also need to decide whether you’ll need to place your TV on a stand, or mount it on a wall, as this may affect the space you have available. The TV’s weight needs to be considered too – if you purchase a larger model, will it have adequate support?
Consider, also, how a TV will look in the room when making your decision. Are you happy to have a TV that dominates your living space if you go for a larger model?
Think about how many people are in your family and how many of you typically watch TV at once.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT VIEWING DISTANCE
It’s suggested that there’s a direct correlation between recommended screen size and viewing distance.
In simple terms, the bigger the TV screen, the further back you need to sit. The general rule of thumb for a high definition TV is to sit back about 2.5 times the diagonal screen size. With a 42” TV, for example, you’ll need to sit around eight or nine feet away.
If you sit too close to a TV with a larger screen, you’re likely to limit your field of vision. You may also notice the television’s pixels, even if you are watching a movie in HD. By sitting further away from the TV, the density of the details will improve, giving you a better overall image.
With Ultra HD or 4K models, however, you only need to sit around 1.5 times the diagonal screen size away. Sitting closer means that you’ll be able to fully appreciate the greater detail and picture quality that these models can display.
WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET?
If you’re ready to buy a new TV, it’s sensible to find the best deal for your budget. Funds permitting, it’s worth getting the biggest screen you can afford to suit your space.
The general rule of thumb for a high definition TV is to sit back about 2.5 times the diagonal screen size.