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When is a TV Too Big for a Room?

When is a TV Too Big for a Room?

TVs are awesome. And big TVs? Even better for watching your favorite movies and games. But can too much of a good thing actually be… bad? Find out! Learn how to tell when a TV is too big and how to pick the right size for your space.

How big is too big for a TV?

If you’re ready to upgrade your current TV’s tech and size, you may feel overwhelmed by all of the sizing options. What size TV should I get? Is a 40-inch TV too big for my child’s bedroom? Is a 75-inch TV too big for the den? Fortunately, when investing in a larger TV, there are a few simple guidelines for determining which size to buy.

Consider space and proportions

As you’re preparing to bring home a new TV, horizontal width and vertical height will have a huge impact on your purchasing options. To ensure you’re getting the best fit, consider the space and proportions of your current living arrangement with that of the TV.

For example, if you’re wondering, “is a 70-inch TV too big?” compare the TV’s width and height with the proportions of its designated space. If it dwarfs a table or hangs over the sides of your fireplace, then your TV is likely too big.

Consider seating and viewing distance

Watching a big screen from closer than recommended can lead to a poor viewing experience. So when buying or renting a new TV, prioritize seating and viewing distance. Depending on how much space will be between your new TV and the sofa, you can quickly decide which TV size will best suit your space.

In general, a 50-inch TV is best viewed from 6-7 feet away, 60-inch TVs from about 8 feet away, and 70-inch options from almost 10 feet away. However, calculating the ideal viewing distance and TV size can also vary depending on your TV type. Check out TV Buying Guide: How To Shop for a TV to find the best fit for your space.

Consider ambiance

Finding the right-sized TV doesn’t just end at viewing distance and proportions. It’s also important to consider the surrounding atmosphere and ambiance you’d like to create! Will you be using your TV in the basement for a home theater-style setup or in the den where everyone can gather around on game day? Maybe you prefer more subtle, moody viewing.

When watching TV in dim rooms, finding the right one is crucial. For example, plasmas might not be as bright as LED models, but they make up for it with their extreme black contrast levels. But for brighter rooms (without blinds), the LED’s superior brightness may be the better choice. Once you settle on the environment you want to create, you can narrow down your choices and make an educated decision on brand, pricing, and, of course, size.

Find the right size TV at Rent-A-Center

Now that you know the scope of the TV you need, look no further than Rent-A-Center for a range of styles and sizes. From the LG – 86” 4K UHD Smart webOS TV to the LG 70-Inch Alexa Built-in 4K Smart TV, Rent-A-Center has the TV sizes you need for every room in your home. With our no-credit options, flexible payments, and free same-day delivery*, there’s no need to wait until your next payday. Place your TV order online now, and reserve the big screen TV of your dreams today!

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