Picking the right size TV is pretty simple, and if you follow a few basic guidelines you’ll be able to perfectly balance your space, your TV quality, and your budget when buying a new TV. These guidelines are especially important for those who are planning on buying a Wildwood TV Lift Footboard, so we’ll make this nice and quick, and by the time you’ve read these tips you’ll be a bona fide expert (or close enough).
Bigger is always better… Right?
If you fell into the trap of believing that bigger is always better in TV selection, we would like to humbly notify you that you were misinformed… well, sort of. TVs of different sizes are designed to be viewed from varying distances. For example, if your TV is too small for your space, watching it will be very frustrating because you won’t be able to see all of the details in the picture and it will be tough to focus on what you are watching. (Hint: Don’t be that friend that throws a super bowl party with a 19” TV, because not even your famous 7-layer bean-and-cheese-dip could keep that party pumping.) On the other hand, it is possible to get a TV that is too big for the viewing space. If a TV is too big for your space you can even start to see the rows and columns of pixels on the screen. Hey, we are all for making you feel like you are part of the action, but when you can see individual pixels, enough is enough.
So where’s the sweet spot?
The rule of thumb for picking the acceptable viewing difference is as follows:
For 1080p HDTV’s the minimum recommended viewing distance is 1.5 times the diagonal measurement of the TV screen, while the maximum distance is 2.5 times the diagonal measurement of the TV screen.
For 4K Ultra HD TV’s, because the picture is sharper, you can sit a little bit closer without the screen becoming pixelated. So the minimum viewing distance is equal to the diagonal measurement of the TV screen and the maximum is 2.5 times the diagonal measurement.
Or, even better, if you don’t want to do the math (and who could blame you?) then just take a quick peak at this chart to find where your sweet spot is.