What's the best screen size for me?
Posted 06/12/2016 by BrightHouse Social Team
Thinking of getting a new TV? While it’s exciting to see all the amazing TVs you can choose from, it can be hard to know which is right for you and your home.
‘What size do I need?’ is one of the biggest questions, as it can be hard to visualise how a new TV will fit into your living room. If you want some help getting started, take a look at our tips for finding the right screen size for you.
What sizes are there?
There’s a huge range of screen sizes available, but here’s a rough guide to the sorts of sizes you can find:
Measure your TV
A good place to start is by measuring your current TV if you’re not sure what size it is. You do this by measuring the screen area from corner to corner, not left to right or top to bottom. This gives you a useful guide when choosing the size of your new TV, as you can get an idea of how much bigger or smaller a new TV screen would be compared to your current one.
Check your viewing distance
The size you choose is dependent on the size of your living room, of course, but not just for fitting in the TV itself. To get the most out of it you need to take the viewing distance into account. A curved screen works better if you sit closer to the TV, but a flat screen is better if you sit further away.
This chart gives you a rough idea of the distance you should sit from each screen size to get the most comfortable experience:
Your TV stand
Another thing to take into account when choosing your screen size is your TV stand, and whether it will be big enough. Some larger screens are supported by two feet at either end, which could be too far apart for some TV stands, so it’s worth measuring everything before committing to a particular size and model.
What do you want to watch?
Do you like to watch blockbuster movies and play exciting games on the latest console? A larger TV will bring your films and games to life, and give you that home cinema feel.
If you generally only watch your favourite TV shows and don’t go in for the home cinema experience, a smaller screen would be better for you. You can still enjoy HD visuals and bright colours, however, so you don’t have to sacrifice on viewing quality.
Take a look at the range of TVs available at BrightHouse now: www.brighthouse.co.uk/televisions