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How To Decide What Size TV Goes Over Fireplace?
Regardless of where you’re installing your TV, make sure your television is give or take two-thirds of the width of the furniture that is anchoring the TV beneath it. When you are mounting your TV above the fireplace, measure your mantel and choose a television that is about two-thirds of the mantel size.
Here are some general guidelines when thinking about what size TV to place over your fireplace or in your home:
- If your TV is on the wall and not mounted over furniture, divide how many inches (roughly) you sit from the TV by 2, and thats the size of your TV. So if you sit 120″ from the TV, a 65″ would look best at most.
- If your Frame TV is over a media cabinet or fireplace, use the two-thirds rule and choose a Fame TV that is two-thirds the size of the mantel or cabinet below it – and never bigger. For instance if your console is 75″ wide, a 55″ of 65″ would look best.
- Never use the same size TV as the furniture beneath it. Don’t go bigger, either.
- Leave approximately 6″ space or more at the sides. We added sconces so we have 15″ on each side.
- Remember, the TV size name is not the actual width! The size of the TV refers to the diagonal measurement. Scroll down to see each TV’s width.
2022 Frame TV Sizes
The latest 2022 Frame TVs are offered in 7 sizes and the measurements (without a stand) are noted below. Remember, the width is what’s most important. Regular televisions are approximately the same size as below.
- 32-inch TV is 28.7″ W x 16.5″ H
- 43-inch TV is 38.2″ W x 22″ H
- 50-inch TV is 44.3″ W x 25.4″ H
- 55-inch TV is 48.7″ W x 27.9″ H
- 65-inch TV is 57.4″ W x 32.8″ H
- 75-inch TV is 66.2″ W x 37.8 “H
- 85-inch TV is 75″ W x 42.7″ H
55″ Frame TV: Choosing A Size When Size Matters
After testing out the waters and LOVING what the 2019 Samsung Frame TV did for our bedroom (read the not sponsored Samsung Frame TV Review post here), I was not sad to wave goodbye to our old ugly TV and replace it with what looks like a piece of art hanging flat against the wall!
Our mantel is 78″ wide. Two-thirds of this is 52″, so we went with a 55-inch Frame TV over our fireplace in our living room (49″ in width). The 65-inch TV (57″ in width) would have also worked.
There was some back and forth – because my husband initially wanted larger (of course!). And speaking from a design perspective, both the 55-inch and the 65-inch would have fit nicely for the Frame TV over the fireplace without overpowering the room. The tipping point was that we wanted to add sconces above our fireplace as well, and the 55″ TV left more room.
Measuring Out the 55″ Frame TV
Here are a few notes specific to our situation that should help if you are also considering a 55″ or 65″ Frame TV above your fireplace:
- The width of the shiplap along our fireplace front is 87″ wide
- Our mantel is 78″ wide
- We have about 15″ on each side of the TV
We placed blue painters tape to measure the larger TV out. The 65-inch TV would have fit beautifully over the fireplace alone, but not so much after we wired for sconces on each side of the television. I needed to leave plenty of space along the sides of the TV for lighting.
Mounting The Samsung Frame TV Over A Fireplace
You don’t need to buy anything extra for this television to get it hooked up to the wall. Use the No Gap Wall Mount to keep the TV flush to the wall to really resemble art. The Frame TV comes with the No Gap Wall Mount, included in the box. It also comes with one single wire, connected to one black box (The One Connect Box) which is a hub for all your connections.
To hide the wire and box, we drilled one small hole in the left cabinet where the One Connect Box sits, and fished the wire through the empty “fireplace” – from the black box to the TV. Seamless. The TV finds everything like Netflix and Wifi on its own- so installation was easy.
The Frame completely changed how I felt about my living room. Now I love that this television/art is seen from every angle in the house.
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