NZ Lifestyle Block

Why you don’t want to put your TV above the fireplace


When you’re designing a lounge, it can make sense to save space by having the two most common focal points on the same wall.

But the heat generated by many fireplaces may damage a TV’s delicate electronic­s. The technical manual for a fireplace will list the minimum clearances required. Also, measure the heat rising above it. Generally, TVs shouldn’t be exposed to temperatur­es above 40°C. Additional­ly, unless you have an enormous room and reclining chairs, a TV above a fireplace creates a terrible viewing experience that’s hard on the neck. TVs are designed to be viewed straight on, with the bottom third of the TV at eye level, not at a steep angle.

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