BIG TV’s: Picking the Right Size

How to pick the right size TV

Three TV sizes
What’s one of the things we hear most from our customers?

“Can I trade in for a bigger one?”

When picking the right TV for your living space its crucial to find the ideal size that matches your lifestyle, taking into consideration the size of your living space, the viewing distance and the desired viewing experience. When choosing a TV, the rule of thumb is that there is no such thing as too small, however bigger is better…. to a degree.

It is important to find a happy medium so your TV looks balanced and does not dominate the space. Most families watch TV in the family room, so why not make it the best experience possible?

Placing a 103″ TV in a standard family room will not do your living space any justice and a TV that is too small will not utilize all of the benefits high definition has to offer.

For the best picture quality you must determine the right size based on your viewing distance, you can do this through a simple formula. The ideal viewing distance is 1.5 to 1.8 times the screen width. If your looking for a TV in a bedroom you may scale towards the minimum dimensions, but in an open space like a living or family room you might want to lean toward the larger sized TVs .

Here are standard TV sizes and dimensions (without stand):

19″ ~11.2″h x 18″w
32″ ~17.5″h x 29″w
40″ ~21.5″h x 36.5″w
46″ ~24.6″h x 41.7″w
50″ ~26.4″h x 44.8″w
55″ ~27.8″h x 48.4″w
60″ ~31″h x 53.6″w
65″ ~32.8″h x 57″w
75″ ~37.8″h x 66″w
85″ ~43″h x 75″w

Sixty-five inch TV’s are turning into the most popular size for our customers, but you may want to consider going the next size up. It’s quite common for our customers to settle in with their new TV only to realize they really would enjoy a slightly bigger upgrade. Our suggestion? Figure out the largest size you are willing to have, and go one size up! Have questions? Schedule a consultation with us and we’d love to help you find the perfect size for your next TV!

We’re curious…

If you could do it again, would you get a bigger or smaller TV in your living room?

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Until next time,

Scott Sullivan
SoundVision, Inc.


SoundVision designs and installs systems for Residential, Commercial, Home, Business, Corporate, Restaurants and Hotels.

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