Where to mount your TV
Ideally, the middle of your TV screen should be at eye level when you’re seated. Mounting it too high can result in neck strain. Plus, the picture will look its best when viewed as close to head-on as possible, rather than at an angle. If you do decide to opt for a higher placement, consider using a tilting wall mount so you can angle the TV down.
Check your TV’s owner’s manual for mounting height tips. Better yet, use our height finder application.
Try to minimize screen glare
Sit in your favorite TV-watching spot and look at the place on the wall where you plan to mount your TV. Is there light reflecting off that area? If so, is it something fixable (by closing the curtains, or by moving a lamp)? Screen glare can be distracting, and detract from an otherwise beautiful picture, so be aware of potential sources of glare. A tilting wall mount can help reduce glare.
The popular above-the-fireplace location — not always the best choice
Flip open any home decor magazine, and you’ll likely find an image of a sleek flat-panel TV mounted above a fireplace. Based strictly on appearance, it’s a great choice. And home builders often run power and video cabling to that location, so it’s easy, too. Even so, it’s seldom the best option — and not just because it’s too high on the wall.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, and you actually light a fire occasionally, we’d recommend not mounting a TV above it. A wood fire generates heat and smoke, neither of which is good for the long-term health of your TV.
Now, if you have a gas fireplace, that’s different. A gas fire burns very cleanly, and this type of fireplace usually has special venting to disperse the heat, so it’s not concentrated on the wall above.
See our article on TV placement for more tips on placing your TV for optimum viewing.
How to Hide Cables
Part of what makes a wall-mounted TV so appealing is the neat, uncluttered look. There are a number of ways to conceal your power and A/V cables — from quick and simple cover-ups to more labor-intensive in-wall options.