Big-Screen TVs: How to Buy the Right Size

Ready to upgrade your TV and take your home entertainment to the next level? Before you head off to your local big box or add that awesome new screen to your online cart, make sure you know just how big to go. Because when it comes to TVs and the room they’re in — size can make a big difference.

Need some help navigating the seas of available TVs? Use these tips to get the right one for any room — from man cave to she shed!

Budget first. Generally speaking, the bigger the TV, the more thrilling the view — and the bigger the price tag. So before you get your heart set on that 90-inch giant — think about how much you want to, or can, spend. And keep your eyes open for smart deals. They’re out there if you look!

Location and layout. Where will it go? Thinking about a wall mount? Or a cabinet in the corner? It’s easy to envision when you’re standing in the room. But when you’re staring at all those flashy screens, it can get tricky. A simple solution: have a room photo handy when you shop. A layout reminder makes things a lot easier.

Calculate your space. Once you know what your budget can take on and have a general idea of where the TV will go, the next step is to figure out just how much TV your room can hold. Grab the tape measure and get a few simple measurements of your wall or space to make sure the one you really like will actually fit.

Viewing distance. Not sure how far or how close you should sit? Some simple math can be really helpful. For a 1080p HDTV, experts suggest a viewing distance 1 ½ to 2 ½ times the TV size. To get up close and see the extra detail of a 4K TV, a distance of 1 to 1 ½ times is suggested. So, let’s say you buy a 55-inch, 4K TV. The best distance from TV to couch is about 4 ½ to 7 feet. Have a seat. Looks good, doesn’t it?

Buying a new big-screen TV doesn’t have to be a big deal. With these tips you’ll be on your way to the entertainment experience you’ve been dreaming about. Next step, finding a movie the whole family can agree on. Good luck with that one!

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