In order to determine the height that the TV should be mounted, we first need to know the size of the TV, the viewing distance from the TV, the eye level height from the floor and the reclining sitting angle. Let me bring some easy to follow formulas and then I will explain them:

**Viewing Distance (VD)** is the distance from where you should be sitting, to the wall of where the TV will be mounted. You can find the VD if you know your **TV Size (TVS)** from the following formula:

**(1)Viewing Distance (VD)=TVS/0.55. **This is the optimum **VD** which is based on your TV size. You can also measure the **VD **based on how far you are sitting from your TV.

For example if your TV size (TVS) is 55in then the viewing Distance (VD) should be 100 inches (55/0.55).

Before we can calculate the **TV Mounting Height (TVMH)** we need to measure your **Eye Level Height (ELH)** from the floor, while you a sitting down on your couch. Once you measure your **ELH** we can find the **TVMH** by the following formula:

**(2)TV Mounting Height (TVMH)** **=ELH+(VD*0.22)—To the midpoint of the TV**

For example when I sit on my couch my **ELH** from the floor is 39 inches and the **VD** is 100 inches (see previous example) so my **TVMH** is 39+(100*0.22)=61 inches from the floor to the midpoint of the TV. So here is a table:

TV Size (in) Viewing Distance (in) TV Mounting Height (in) at ELH=39in

32 58 (4.8ft) ELH+13 = 52 in

37 67 (5.6ft) ELH+15 = 54 in

42 76 (6.4ft) ELH+17 = 56 in

46 84 (7.0ft) ELH+18 = 57 in

55 100 (8.3ft) ELH+22 = 61 in

65 118 (10.0ft) ELH+26 = 65 in

70 127 (10.6ft) ELH+28 = 67 in

Formula 1 is based to about 30 degrees of viewing angle that are within the limits of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, THX and manufacturers’ recommendations for 16:9 HDTV’s.

Formula 2 is based on the average reclining angle of about 12.5 degrees from vertical ( sitting up straight) for casual sitting. Manufacturers range for casual sitting is 10-15 degrees.

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You got the wrong angle. The angle in the formula is the reclining angle not the viewing angle. In other words if you sit up straight the TV should be mounted at eye level if you recline in your chair or couch then the TV will have to be mounted higher. The viewing angle is bet 15-30 and is taking care of by the viewing distance (15d for THX and 30d for the Society of Motion Picture Engineers)

This is a very helpful post regarding mounting height. Actually, mounting height is one of the big questions for someone who just bought his flat screen TV. It’s really hard to figure out the right height if you don’t have any idea and you don’t know that such computations exists. The best way to enjoy watching on your flat screen is being at the right position, having the right height, and looking from the right distance because it won’t cause your eyes to sore and your back to strain.

Does the “mounting height” mean the middle of tv screen should be at that height?

39 + (136 * 0.22) = 68.92

68.92 inches – top, bottom, or middle of tv ?

So, I tried the formula but am a bit confused… My TV Size is 60 inches, My Viewing Distance is 130 inches, and My Eye Level Height is 42…. How high should my TV be? Thank You.

The height calculations provided are too high according to THX standards where “Try not to place the screen too high on the wall – viewers should not have to look up more than 15°.”

Your calculations state then with using a 65″ tv with a viewing distance of 10ft and ELH of 39″ that the TVMH is 65″ (to the middle of the TV); to change this to the top of the tv one would add 20″ for a 40″ high 65″ tv

65″ + 20″ = 85″

Using THX calculations using the same parameters would place the top of the TV no higher than 71″ for optimal height.

tan 15 degrees = x [height] / 120″ [length]

x=32″

ELH of 39″ + 32″ = 71″ max height to top of TV

http://www.thx.com/consumer/home-entertainment/home-theater/hdtv-set-up/

Hi,

This post is great!! I can’t seem to do the math right either. Could you please let me know what the TVMH (center of the TV) should be from the ground for the below measurements? Thanks!

160 viewing distance

39″ Eye level height

52 inch tv

these details were very helpful, thanks so much!

What is the mounting height and/or to the midpoint of the TV for the followingflat screen:

Sanyo 55″ TV (model #DP55441)

TV Width = 52.3″

TV Height =3 6.5″

TV Diagonal = 54.6″

TV Depth = 14.9″

VD = 99″

ELH = 45″

Wall Mount :

Tilts = +15 degree to -5 degree

Extends = 14.0″

Pans up to 180 degree

Retracts = 3.2″

Thanks,

Jennifer

Hi,

My VD is much longer than your suggested formula. Can you assist what height to place the TV?

I have a VD of 223″ and ELH of 36″ and a 75″ flat TV

SCREEN SIZE–32 INCH LED

VD-108 INCH.

ELH–56 INCH

WHAT SHOULD BE WALL MOUNTED HEIGHT

Am I missing something? Sorry if this is a dumb question.. But shouldn’t your formula include the mounting angle of the tv from the wall? (i.e. when it’s in the high position, because I assume you are slouching back with a large viewing angle)?

TVMH=36+(198*0.22)=80in to the middle of the TV from the floor if your reclining angle is 12 degrees

This article is pretty good to read. Great!!

Thanks for sharing, I would like to post it on my Twitter to share with my friends?

Hi. I’ve a 55″ LED TV with an ELH of 36″ and a VD of 198″. Not to sure how to calculate the correct height from those formulas as my VD is twice the ideal distance for my TVS?

Thanks!

Hi Chris

use 55in from bottom of the floor to bottom of the TV

Hi, could you assist in center of TV mounting height? Thanks!

Sharp 70″

Actual Diagonal – 64″

Height – 38″

Midpoint – 16.50

Seated Eye Level Height – 39″

Actual Viewing Distance – 150″

Good info. But isn’t looking upward at the TV likely to cause neck pain? Also, the verb should be “lie” back, not “lay” back.

Hi, and thanks for the formula.

TV is 52″

Viewing distance is 100

ELH is 42

TVMH around 61″ seem a little high???

Thanks for the feedback … JG

Halim check out the previous post

I have 55 inch LED . Viewing distance 190 inch .. What should be the height of the TV

“Hi I have a 46″ tv

Eye level is 40″

Viewing distance is 140″

How high should I put the tv center”

TV Mounting height would be 40in (ELH) + 140 in (VD) *0.22 (which is tanΘ, the reclining angle at 12.5 degrees) OR

TVMH=40+(140*0.22)

TVMH=71in

Hi I have a 46″ tv

Eye level is 40″

Viewing distance is 140″

How high should I put the tv center

Thanks Great site

Thanks Mate

“I have 42 inch LED tv. ELH is 40 inch, Viewing Distance is 105 inch. What should be the height to the center of the TV?”

TV Mounting height would be 40in (ELH) + 105 in (VD) *0.22 (which is tanΘ, the reclining angle at 12.5 degrees) OR

TVMH=40+(105*0.22)

TVMH=63in

“I have a 55 in LED, seated eye Level height = 39 in, viewing distance = 114in. At what height should my TV be mounted? Thanks.”

TV Mounting height would be 39in (ELH) + 114 in (VD) *0.22 (which is tanΘ, the reclining angle at 12.5 degrees) OR

TVMH=39+(114*0.22)

TVMH=64in

I have a 55 in LED, seated eye Level height = 39 in, viewing distance = 114in. At what height should my TV be mounted? Thanks.

I have 42 inch LED tv. ELH is 40 inch, Viewing Distance is 105 inch. What should be the height to the center of the TV?

Assuming a reclining angle of 12.5 degrees when sitting then the TV mounting Height to the center of the TV will be:

TVMH=(0.22*96)+43

TVMH=64in

what would be the center height of my tv for mounting?

Panasonic 55″ plasma

viewing distance 96″

seated eye level 43″

Hi Dave

Assuming a reclining angle of 12.5 degrees(tanΘ=0.22) then your TVMH should be:

TVMH=(0.22*150)+39in

TVMH=72 inches to the center of the TV from the floor

Hi, could you assist in center of TV mounting height? Thanks!

Vizio 70″

Actual Diagonal – 69.5″

Height – 38″

Midpoint – 19″

Seated Eye Level Height – 39″

Actual Viewing Distance – 150″

Sunil the optimum viewing distance of a 40in TV should be 40/.55=72in. In your case if we assume you will lay back on your couch (12 degree of reclining angle) then you should mount your TV at 40+144*0.22=72in

Assuming a 12 degrees of reclining your TV mounting height should be 38+132*.22 =67inches

Hi there,

I have a 55 inch flat screen. VD is 11ft (132″) and the ELH of 3ft 38″. Can you advise of the tv height.

Great web site as well. Merry Xmas from Oz!

1 First would like to derive formula if the VD is more than the expected. In case of Lodge, how did you derive 0.4 factor!!

Mine is

12 ft i.e 144″ from wall

40 inch tv ( height is 22″)

ELH : 40″

What TVMH here?

Thanks

Sunil

Great site, love your work and ideas. I have successfully mounted my 42inch tv set. What would you suggest for a LG Flatron M197WAP? TIA

Hi Sai

About 62 inches

Hi Natalie

About 59 inches

Thanks for the very useful post. Can you please suggest height of the tv to be hanged from your formula for a 55 inch TV (height 27.8) , VD = 14 feet, ELH = 40 inch

My viewing distance from our 50 inch will be 200″ eye level distance will be 40″ what would the mounting height be? I can’t seem to figure it out. Help please! Lol

Thank you…

At 68″, my particular set would then be 87″ – which is better in my estimation, however aesthetically i believe i’m going to wind up with a 53 or 54″ center of TV mounting… going backwards with function following form.

Thank you again for taking the time to reply.

Hi Lodge

If you are sitting 14ft away from your TV formula 1 assumes that your TV is 92in instead of 70in. If you combine formula 1 and formula 2 then the TV mounting Height would be (TVMH)=ELH+TVS*0.4. Where ELH would be the Eye Level Height and TVS would be the TV size in inches. In your case if you plug in ELH=40in and TVS=70in the TV mounting height would be 68in to the middle of the TV.

Thanks Dan.

I read this article with great interest as i found it to be the only one with a formula for precise measurements. Thank you.

I own a 70″ LCD/LED , have an eye height of 40″ and have a viewing distance of approximately 13 – 14 feet (3 to 4 feet longer than the ideal distance of 10.6′) – with your formula, the midpoint of the television should be 77″ – WOW! that would place the top of the television at 8 feet…while i do have close to an 11′ ceiling, this just seems way too high. There are other discussions / recommendations to have the television placed at eye level (my opinion too low) or around 1 foot above eye level – for me 52″ which “feels” more comfortable. the reason i mention this is that when going to a movie theater, i always try to sit just below mid-screen center. Understanding there are always personal preferences and variations involved, i do appreciate the time and thought process that went into this calculation.

LW

In the above chart, shouldn’t the 65″ tv be 65″ (39+26=65) mounting height, and the 70″ tv be 67″ (39+28=67) mounting height?

About 6.7 ft to the middle of the TV, assuming your eye height from the floor is 40 in when you sit at your couch.

For a 103″ Flat TV, what is the Mounting Height ?

Thanks,

Just re-read you comments and noticed your example states “to the midpoint of TV”, so I’m all set. Thanks, again.

This is helpful, thanks. One question, can you please clarify TVMH (ie. bottom edge of TV, top edge, some other point)? Thanks!