Mounting a TV to a wall is an excellent idea if you do it safely, and you don’t have to worry about having the right size of stand or if it will get knocked over. Plus, it can free up the TV stand for other things such as game consoles. But with how big TVs can get, not all walls will suitably fit every TV, so what size of TV will fit your wall?
A 65-inch TV (or smaller) will fit your wall in most cases. Before purchasing, check if your wall is big enough to fit the TV you want by measuring diagnostically in inches. If the TV doesn’t extend past the wall or hit the ceiling or hit the floor, you should be fine.
We will be going over more in detail how to select the best TV size for your wall and make some recommendations based on how close you will be sitting in front of your unit. Read further if you’d like to learn more!
How Much Does TV Size Matter?
You could buy TVs in a large range of sizes, from portable 19-inch displays up to 100+ inches if you got massive amounts of space (and really deep pockets). While these days you can talk about various factors when buying a TV such as:
- What is display technology best?
- Does the TV support HDR?
- Does it have HDMI 2.1 and a 120 Hz refresh rate for the PS5 and Xbox Series X?
- How are the viewing angles and colors?
- Is it at least 4K?
But the most common thing people look for is size. The common notion is that bigger is generally better, which is technically true as long as you are also scaling resolution up and don’t have to worry about space. Still, because of these factors, that isn’t always the case.
The best TV size for you can be determined by where the TV is located, how far back you are sitting, and the resolution.
A TV for a large living room needs a far bigger size than a TV that sits on a desk or a small bedroom, and in those cases, a huge TV would be unwieldy and even uncomfortable.
You also have to consider what resolution the TV is running at. These days, 4K is becoming the norm, and we highly suggest not going below that, no matter how small of a TV you are buying. Unless 4K is not an option, you will get a much better value out of choosing a 4K TV over 1080p–it is 4x the number of pixels, which results in a far crisper image.
But for the sake of conversation, a 24-inch 1080p TV will look decent, while a 65-inch will look janky by today’s standards. The larger the screen, the more those pixels stretch out.
This is why 4K is a godsend on larger TVs while 1440p is considered the sweet spot for computer monitors since they are generally much smaller and 4k has diminishing returns on a 27-inch display. Especially for PC gamers where it takes a lot more power to reach high-frame rates with 4K.
This is why game consoles went from 1080p to 4K. Most people play consoles on a big TV, so the focus and marketing lie. Even though you could argue 1440p would have been the more reasonable push with the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X given their hardware capabilities.
In short, the TV size matters a lot. Some people may need/want a bigger TV, while a smaller display makes sense for others.
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Mounting a TV on Your Wall
While using a TV stand is the common method of placing a TV in a room, another method is getting more attention, and that is mounting it on a wall. It’s certainly a great option once everything is set up and provides a very clean look for your home.
The biggest advantage of mounting a TV onto a wall is that it saves space. If you secure a TV this way, you are giving up practically no space at all due to how flat TVs are these days. The only limit to how big of a TV you can use is how big the wall is.
People choose to hang their TV on a wall because it provides a clean, minimalist look, especially if you hide the cords. You can also mount the TV as high as you want it, which is useful if you like to sit in a reclined position because your feet won’t get in the way.
The only real limit here is the size of your wall and the size of the TV you want to use.
Wall Size and TV Size
Generally speaking, the size of your walls scales with the size of the room. Larger rooms can support larger TVs, with the real limit being where your seating solution is located.
But of course, the size of your room doesn’t dictate that you can only have small or large TVs. In most cases, it will depend on how you have the room set up.Even a smallish bedroom can have a 75-inch TV in theory; you may just need to move the bed and other things around. But because you are generally sitting close to a TV in a bedroom, not many people will opt to display this large for such a small area. It is more suitable for living rooms.
However, if you aren’t able to move your setup around or are limited in terms of wall space, you’ll have to ensure your tv will be able to fit on the wall, and the solution to this is quite simple–you just have to measure how big of a TV you can get away with!
First, you’ll need a measuring tape and maybe a friend to hold the other side if you want a particularly large display. When measuring display size, you measure from corner to corner. This is done because the aspect ratio can change horizontal and vertical distances between a tv screen’s edges. Two displays can be rated as the same size, but the aspect ratio can change how tall or wide it is.
A drastic example of this would be to compare a 4:3 display with 16:9. The former will be square-ish and is generally considered the best aspect ratio for reading text since you have so much room whether the screen sits vertically or horizontally. On the other hand, 16:9 is like a rectangle and is considered better for videos because it is a widescreen display. TVs used to be commonly 4:3 before they went widescreen!
Having a point of reference is going to make this easier in this case. TVs aren’t too far off from each other when it comes to the aspect ratio. This is because most TVs are trying to be fully compatible with all types of video content to avoid hiding anything or producing huge black bars (a problem if you’ve ever tried to watch anything on an iPad).
If you have another TV in the house, you can use this as a reference point to get a general idea of how much you need to angle the measuring tape to portray the new TV’s aspect ratio accurately. Measure that TV, hold the angle measurements on the wall you wish to mount the TV on. Ideally, you will want plenty of clearance from the floor, and so the bottom shouldn’t be too close to the ground.
The TV also shouldn’t extend past a wall; this will just spell disaster if/when someone bumps into the lip.
In general, if you can measure the diagonal length of the TV size you want and you have enough clearance on the top, bottom, and sides of your wall, you should be good to go!
Mount Strength Is Generally Going to Be a Bigger Issue
More likely than not, you’ll be able to fit a decent-sized TV on your wall, but another thing to consider is ensuring that your TV doesn’t plummet to the floor. The strength of the mounts you use is the most important thing to look out for when mounting the TV to the wall.
Larger TVs mean heavier TVs, and while the amount may support a wide range of sizes, it might not be meant for bigger displays. An 80-inch TV weighs around 100 pounds (45.35 kilograms), for example, which is very heavy these days.
When you buy a TV wall mount, you should be able to see what size of TVs and the maximum weight it can hold. This Full Motion TV Wall Mount supports most TVs. It is rated to hold TVs between 37-70 inches with a maximum weight of up to 132 pounds (59.90 kilograms). As long as you follow these limits and anchor it properly, your TV isn’t going anywhere.
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Also, you need to consider if your wall is strong enough to support a TV, which is a lot heavier than a picture frame by default. This is arguably going to be the biggest concern because drywall is not very sturdy on its own. If you feel like you could kick a hole through your wall, the chances are that your TV will eventually fall on the floor when the drywall can’t take the weight anymore.
It’s important to use something like this Merece Stud Finder to check for studs in the wall before mounting your TV. You might initially roll your eyes at the idea of buying a device just for this purpose, but $20 now is a lot better than $500+ later to buy a new TV.
If you are new to hanging TVs on walls, we recommend checking out this below:
Mounting Above Fireplaces Is Not Recommended
If you are planning to mount a TV above the fireplace – reconsider doing that. You may see this depicted in many home beauty magazines, but this is not a good idea.
The reason being is that fire and electronics do not mix. You may initially think that your TV would be safe from the flames, but the heat gets trapped where the TV sits and can eventually cause it not to function properly.
An exception to this would be an electric fireplace because those are designed mainly for ambiance, and if they do produce heat, it will only be enough to warm up a room slightly.
What to Do if You Can’t Mount a TV to Your Wall
If you find that you aren’t able to fit the desired size of TV on your wall, or it isn’t strong enough to support a TV. There are other ways to integrate a TV into the room neatly.
We recommend considering getting a stand such as FITUEYES Universal TV Stand as an alternative to wall mounting. Instead of mounting the TV to a wall anchor, you put it on the stand, which goes onto a conventional stand. The advantage of doing this is cable management, and it creates a neat floating appearance.
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Alternatively, you could get a conventional TV stand that blends with your home well. This may sound like a generic response, and it might be, but there are some seriously nice looking stands out there that can be integrated into your home. Some even have LEDs to showcase your devices, such as game consoles.
You can figure out what size TV will fit your wall by measuring how big the TV will be vs. the wall you are hanging it on. All you need is measuring tape and a reference from a display with a similar aspect ratio. If you need to be more accurate, you can also use an angle measurement ruler to be extra sure that you won’t have problems.
Be sure to check if your wall is strong enough to support a TV, though; we highly recommend using a stud finder so you can accurately mount your TV without it falling.