Four Tips for Hanging a TV above a Fireplace
Your fireplace is a focal point in your living room. And that space directly above it? Well, it’s practically begging for a flat screen television to be hung there. Hanging a television over the fireplace has become increasingly popular in recent years. Thanks to lightweight and slim designs, homeowners can free up space for more seating as opposed to bulky entertainment stands to house the television. But before you start planning to hang your television, it’s important to consider a few key items. Follow these four tips for hanging a TV above a fireplace.
What material is the wall above the fireplace?
Not all fireplaces are alike. Some have brick or stone that extend all the way to the ceiling. Others have drywall above them. Before you start hanging anything, be sure to check to see that you’ll be able to properly anchor your television above the fireplace. Is the area covered in fake stone or brick with a shallow facade that prevents easy access to a stud? If so, check with your local hardware store to find the proper supports to keep the television secure.
Know the temperature over your fireplace
Heat is not a friend to electronics. If you have visions of watching the big game while a fire crackles in the fireplace beneath it, do your research. Measure the temperature of the space above the fireplace while the fire is burning. Then, check the specifications for heat limits for your television. If it’s going to exceed them, you can still hang the television. Just don’t plan to burn a fire while you’re watching TV.
Test out the angle for optimum viewing
The ideal viewing angle is at eye level when you are seated. For a TV above a fireplace, that’s not usually possible. Before you commit, it’s a good idea to take that potential spot for a test drive. You can simulate a television by taping up a paper or even an outline of the TV with tape. Then sit on your couch or favorite chair and look at that space for a few minutes. This will allow you to see if that angle creates neck discomfort during extended viewing. If the height of the television is uncomfortable for your neck, consider a wall mount that allows you to adjust the angle.
Pick the right mount and method for hanging your TV
Everyone loves a good deal. But when you want to hang a TV above a fireplace, it’s no time to cut costs. Most televisions come with recommended wall mounts. It’s important to follow these guidelines to ensure you find a wall mount system that will work with the size and weight of your television.
Call your local fireplace experts
You’re armed now with tips for hanging a TV above a fireplace. Now it’s time to make sure you have the right fireplace. If you’re looking to add one to your home or upgrade your existing fireplace, it’s time to contact IHT Hot Tubs & Fireplaces. Our knowledgeable team will help you find the perfect fireplace for your home. We offer an extensive selection of gas, electric and wood burning fireplaces, including Kozy Heat®. Call us today at 303-755-4772 to learn more and ask for a free quote.