TV Wall Mounting Height Chart

Since flat screen televisions have gained in popularity, mounting them to the wall has become the way to go. A common question is how high do I mount the it? In researching this subject, it seems like everyone has an opinion. The chart below will give you all the information to will need to mount your television to the wall. The chart assumes you are seated while watching .

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Television Screens Viewing Distance Range Mounting Height
26” Flat Screen TV 3’3” to 6’5”        Middle 4’10” 49” To Center
30” 3’8” to 7’6”        Middle 5’ 11” 53” To Center
34” 4’3” to 8’5”        Middle 6’4” 54” To Center
42” 5’3” to 10’5”      Middle 7’10” 59” To Center
46” 5’8” to 11’5”      Middle 8”4” 60” To Center
50” 6’3” to 12’5”      Middle 9’1” 62” To Center
55” 6’8” to 12’8”      Middle 9’4” 63” To Center
60” 7’5” to 15’          Middle 11’3” 66” To Center
65” 8’1” to 16’3”      Middle 12’1” 69” To Center
Or You Can Use Formula VD = TVS/.55 VD= Viewing DistanceTVS = Television Size
TV Mounting Height Formula MHC = ELH +(VD *.22) MHC = Mounting Height CenterELH = Eye Level Height

(Measure in viewing chair)

VD= Viewing Distance

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15 Responses to “TV Wall Mounting Height Chart”

  1. Mike says:

    These measurements are way too high. Optimal height should be just about eye viewing level. This is almost a full foot higher than that. Disregard.

    • I would beg to differ with you. The heights and the formula are industry standards. You may have miss read them. Think movie theatre, the farther you are away from the screen the higher it needs to go.
      Thanks for reading
      Contractor John

      • Jordan says:

        I agree with Mike, these heights are dead wrong and too high by a good margin. These are definitely NOT industry standard. You might want to double check your work here…

  2. You made some decent points there. I did a search on the issue and found most people will agree with your site.

  3. Michael says:

    I am confused about how to measure distance in height the wall mount from floor to middle of my 40 inch television. Using my recliner, VD varies from reclining down to reclining up to sitting position. How do I calculate MHC with my following measurements?

    reclining all the way down with head rest ELH = 33 inches VD = 120 inches
    reclining to sitting position with head rest ELH = 38 inches VD = 113 inches
    reclining to just sit up straight with no head rest ELH = 42 inches VD = 105 inches

    TV mount got full motion features. Tilt is 12 degrees

    Michael

  4. Jennifer says:

    I agree. We just used these measurements to see where to mount a 55″ and the top of the tv was higher than my door frames! This can not be accurate.

    • Jennifer,
      These measurements are correct. I know it is different than setting the TV on a coffee table like is done so often. Think of a movie theater screen and how huge and high that screen is. Here is a suggestion. Go into a retail store that has a wall of televisions and find a seat and see what is comfortable for your viewing pleasure.
      Thanks for commenting
      Contractor John

  5. Maria says:

    John, you are right !

  6. Rick says:

    Hi John. So my TV is 60″ and my viewing distance is about 11 feet. My viewing height is approx. 40″. So when you say “66” to center” you mean 66 inches is the top of the TV, correct? Otherwise if 66″ is the center of the TV the top of the TV will be 7 feet, almost to the ceiling.

    Would you mind clarifying?

    Thanks.

    • Rick,
      I apologize for missing your comment, and not responding earlier. Yes that is correct 66″ to center of the TV. I have a 60″ TV and I am at 65″ to center. When I first found this chart and I used it to mount my TV, I thought the same thing. this is too high. Not the case at all. It works fine for me.
      Contractor John

  7. David Rodriguez says:

    Ok….so for those of you talking about 66 or 70 inches being the top of your ceiling and other comments like that, what are you guys midgets? What ceiling is only 5’10” (70″)? My 55″ screen should be centered at 63″ from the ground according to John’s chart. Which means if your tv is a 55″ the height of the tv is 26.5″ so round it to 27″ subtract 13 (which is roughly the middle of the tv) from 63 and the bottom of your tv will be 50″ from the floor (yes thats only 4’2″), so as he explained and it is self explanatory the key is your viewing distance which determines the height. Thanks John for the chart as a guide not as the rule.

  8. David Rodriguez says:

    here you go in simple form as mentioned like a theater, the smaller the tv the lower the distance, the larger the tv the higher. you don’t look down to watch tv you look directly into it or elevated.

  9. Common Sense says:

    Let an engineer speak up. Beware advice from here. Don’t use the chart at all. What a joke to mount a TV up high like a framed picture to be glanced at while standing. A TV is not, for most of us, simply a wall decoration over the fireplace. Actual situations vary on this topic, but use common sense. Mount your living room TV only high enough to watch it with a normal head orientation while seated. Put tape on the wall to test the height. About 40 inches on centerline if you have a couch, but you should take a measurement. All important in the home is to let TV viewing be comfortable. It is ill informed to mount the TV higher unless you must see over the heads of others, such as persons sitting on the floor. Then make the Tv bottom’s elevation 36″ or so. Do put the TV up much higher if it is to be watched from a reclined position such as a bed. Do you really want to mimic a theater layout of your favorite sports bar? And also, buy as big a TV as you like without regard for idiotic ‘rules’.

    • Dear Common Sense,
      I agree common sense is critical. The chart is a guide for people who do not have any experience in this area. Also if you are creating a home theater room you need to know the TV height before you hang it, before drywall, so you can correctly install the electrical and low voltage wiring. As I have said before I have been living with (2 years) a 50″ TV mounted by using this chart and it is at the perfect height from my couch.
      Thanks for your comment.
      Contractor John

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