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.