Correct TV Viewing Distance From Couch
Correct TV viewing distance is an important part of optimizing the viewing experience. The viewing distance from the TV to your couch depends on the three factors:
- distance to main viewing location
- screen shape (i.e. standard versus wide-screen)
- screen size along the diagonal or the width
Wide-screen televisions showing high-resolution DVD and HDTV allow you to sit closer and experience a more immerse, theaterlike picture. It is because HDTVs offer so much more picture detail compared to old analog sets.
In fact, sitting too far away from TV you miss some of the high-def detail you paid for. But you also want to avoid sitting too close to your TV. With wide-screen TV sets showing DVD or HDTV, you can sit as close as 1.5 times the screen’s diagonal measurement and still not notice much of a loss in quality, while sitting farther away than three times the screen size means you are likely to miss out the impression.
For example, if you have a 42 inch screen then the distance should be 63 inches or 5 feet 3 inches from the TV. If you’re not sure which screen size is best for your room size and viewing distance, check the guidlines.
A good indication that your viewing distance is too close is if you find yourself distracted by the screen’s “structure” — the pixels that look like tiny dots on the screen. As consequences sitting too close could cause you mild to moderate eye strain or even migraine.
But to avoid you can always adjust the viewing TV distance as necessary for your comfort if you have an inclined seating arrangement, such as a couch or a recliner. And choose the appropriate TV Mount.