We’re ramping up for a big season of gatherings. Between holidays, football games and Hallmark movies, your living room is about to see a lot of foot traffic. Here are a few simple guidelines to make sure you’re ready for the season ahead.
GO THE DISTANCE.
Sometimes, bigger isn’t better.
Let’s talk televisions for a moment. When shopping for a new TV, the optimal size is based on simple math. While some DIY “designers” may measure for the largest screen possible, not doing the math can quite literally be a pain in the neck.
Before you lug a big flatscreen through Costco, this simple trick might save you a trip to the return line.
For your optimal screen size, measure the distance between where you typically sit and the screen, then divide that number in half. For example, if your sofa is 12.5 feet away from your screen (150 inches), you will want a TV that measures 75” diagonally.
Switching your television from sitting on a console to being mounted on a wall can add up to one foot of space, which comes to an extra 6-inches of screen size.
This leads us to the question, what height should a wall-mounted TV be? Unfortunately there isn’t a simple math equation to solve this one; however, the best viewing height is where the center of the screen is at eye level. That’s easy if everyone in your home is the same height, but obviously height differences play a factor in this one. You can get an adjustable TV mount to solve this, but a typical height guideline is as follows:
If you’re adding a new floor textile, have a border of at least 12-18 inches between the rug and the wall.
Cocktail tables can add a lot of character to your space. Place them 14-18 inches away from wherever you like to kick up your feet, and the perfect table height rests 2-inches below the sofa.
Go with the odds. Use groupings of threes and fives in varying heights to decorate.