While we go about purchasing televisions for our clients, we often find that they’re unsure on what television size to go for, or why we recommend they should go for the TV size we recommend.

What TV size suits you?

When it comes to choosing the perfect television for your room, bigger and closer is usually better. However, sitting too close could cause eye strain. Going by a distance calculation from how far away you are sitting, to the size of the TV, will work out what suits best. Although while working out the best viewing distance, there are a few things to take into consideration. Aside from size, resolution and even how strong your eyesight is needs to be taken into consideration, as this will affect how you see the screen. Although it is down to personal preference, there is an easy formula that will provide a good starting point for understanding the size of TV you should be going for: Viewing distance (in inches)/2 = recommended TV size.

It is also recommended that sitting at a distance where the screen fills up a minimum of 30° of your field of vision will guarantee a good experience. For those who use their TVs for mostly watching movies, then a 40° field of vision would be beneficial for a cinema-like experience.

Resolution vs. Size

It’s found that resolutions today are almost exclusively 4k (Ultra HD), so finding imperfections that are related to the resolution will be difficult to find. As an example, sitting closer to a 1080p TV could result in seeing some individual pixels, whereas 4k TVs have a large density of pixels, therefore it is difficult for that issue to arise. As a result, you can sit closer to your TV than you would with lower resolutions and have a more immersive experience.

Even though it’s true that if you want to take full advantage of higher resolutions, then the bigger size suited to your seating position will be better, this may not be possible for everyone down to budget. The price of a TV is usually exponential to its size, size is not the only factor taken into consideration for cost. Resolution, panel type, and features all play into the price as well. If the best size that is recommended through the guidelines is outside your budget, just get the biggest TV you can afford. Since most TVs nowadays are 4k, you can’t go wrong with the size that works for you best.


If you require any further information or would like to find a TV that is best suited to your requirements, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Lairds.



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