5 Facts to Consider When Mounting the TV Above the Fireplace
If you just purchased a thin, flat-screen TV, I am sure “where to place it” must be the first question you raised. And you turned your eyes to the fireplace - how awesome it will be if the TV mounting above it! A modern, contemporary living room is indeed your taste!
However, you were worrying about some of the unknowns at the same time. Will the heat reduce the lifespan of my new 4k TV? Is it too high to have a comfortable view with the TV above the fireplace? And, you may doubt, is it easy to mount the TV over the fireplace? In this blog, we are going to answer these questions and offer solutions for those who desire to mount the TV above the fireplace.
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To start with, the answer is “Yes” regarding the question “Can I mount my TV above the fireplace?”. But it is NOT applicable for all TVs & fireplaces. Please check the following 5 points first.
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- An Electronic Fireplace or a Traditional Fireplace?
It is relatively simple to mount a TV above the fireplace if yours is an electronic one. The main fact you have to pay attention is the heat output. According to the data from StylishFireplaces, at 5000 BTU’s or less, the heat output of an electric fireplace will be safe to a TV above it.
A traditional fireplace generates a lot of heat and emits smokes. Before you think of mounting a TV above it, light a fire and check the temperature first. For example, Samsung TVs should never exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Secondly, it must be a mantle (or a far distance) between the TV and the fireplace, to deflect some of the heat away from the TV.
As importantly, the inputs. Please make sure there is an input above the fireplace. And in this case, select carefully on the TV mounts - some of the TV brackets might block the inputs.
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- Is it too high for comfortable viewing?
Yes but depends. The TV should be at eye-level or slightly above for best viewing angle. Otherwise, people may suffer from neck strain. How to measure if it is eye-level of not? Here is a quick tip via Samsung: you can mount your TV 42 inches from the floor to the centre of the TV. This should meet the approximate eye level of someone who is 5 feet 6 inches tall sitting on a standard couch.
What if my fireplace is slightly taller and it is impossible to mount the TV around 42 inches from the floor? The solution is simple. Get a tilt TV mount. The tilt TV mount will help to pose the TV forward and reduce the glare. However, if it is more than 65 inches from floor to center, it is better to get a mantle mount, which will solve all the problems at the same time, might burn a hole in your wallet.
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- Do you have any additional devices?
TV barely works alone. Most of the customers prefer to incorporate a soundbar with it since the thin TVs turn out to be a bit weak in sound effects. In this case, when selecting the TV mounts, you can take a soundbar bracket into consideration. It will help to hold a soundbar down or above the TV, without occupying the mantle. Your TV may also work together with a cable box, game console, or Roku. Make sure you have preserved some space for those gadgets.
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- How to hide all the wires?
Perhaps one of the main reasons to mount a TV over a fireplace is to create a decluttered modern looking. Well, a mess of wires might destroy the entire effort. Either run wires behind the wall or conceal them with cord covers is a great solution. Back to the 3rd point, if you have other devices, please take these wires in consideration as well.
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- Does the wood studs centre in your wall?
Finally, we come to the installation step. Hang on, do not hurry to purchase a TV mount. Consider the locations of the studs in your wall first. Are they 16’’ wood studs or 24’’ or in other distance? Are they centred for mounting brackets or not? With a stud finder, you will easily find out the placement of the wood studs.
If the wood studs are centred, bingo! Just keep the distance between your wood studs in mind and get the right bracket. If the wood studs are not centred, there are still 2 solutions. One is to “create” another wood board on your wall then mount the TV with it. Please remember, the wood should be as hard as the wood studs inside your wall; the other is purchase an easy-centered TV wall mount. The TV wall mount enables your TV slide along with the wall mount, and you can lock it in your desired location.
Do NOT mount a TV on drywall without a stud. Unless the TV mount factory announced it is ok and provided essential accessories.
In this blog, we outlined the potential problems when mounting the TV above the fireplace. If you are not sure about any points in it, just leave us a comment below!