How to Determine Seating Placement Based on TV Size

Often our clients ask how far from their from their television should their seating start, or how big of a TV should they get based on seating placement. For that reason, we’ve come up with an easy solution. The simplest way to determine minimum and maximum distance from a television or projector screen, is to follow this formula:

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  • Measure the horizontal width of your television, not the diagonal length.
  • Take that number and multiply by 2. This is your minimum distance.
  • For maximum distance, take the horizontal width of your television and multiply by 5.

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For example, if your television is 50 inches across, then the minimum distance for seating should be 100 inches away (about 8 feet and 3 inches away). The maximum distance is 250 inches away (about 20 feet and 8 inches away).

This formula is also perfect for determining dedicated home theater seating distance.

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