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Tips for How to Set Up a TV in a Small Bedroom

Many homes and apartments have small bedrooms, and the bedroom may be the occupant's only private space. When you install a television in a bedroom space it should be elevated enough for easy viewing and sized correctly for the viewing distance. When possible, the television should be mounted directly to the wall to maximise floor space, and it should be positioned where it won't be bumped.

Direct View

The ideal viewing height for a bedroom television is the same as the distance between your eyes and the floor when you are seated or reclining in your normal viewing position. The centre of the television should be even with the position of your eyes. Recline on the bed and look at the wall opposite your normal position. When possible, flat-mount the television to provide an unobstructed view of the screen. If you must position the television on a wall-mounted arm over a doorway, you will probably want to select a larger screen for better detail viewing.

Distance and Size

A 26 inch television can be positioned 10 feet from the viewing position, but it is likely the details of the action on the screen will be difficult to see. A 26 inch screen is ideal for viewing within 6 feet, while 40 inch screens work well for viewing from 8 to 10 feet. The television should not be located to the side of the bed as this may create awkward viewing angles and cause neck and back problems.

Glare

Improve your viewing by controlling for glare. Windows are often positioned so that they will throw glare on the television screen. Install solid fabric window shades with a blackout liner so you can control the amount of glare if you watch television frequently during the day. Cellular shades can cut glare while allowing some light from the window. Select room lamps with matt finishes to avoid bouncing light onto the screen.

Multi-use Televisions

If your bedroom also serves as your home office or other living space, consider positioning your television to do double duty as a computer monitor. This is especially important when you need to make every inch of space count. A television mounted on a bracket that can pivot close to a desk allows the monitor to be used for work or gaming as well as television viewing. The larger screen can help prevent eyestrain.

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F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.