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Hang Your TV Here
By: Heather Culley
In the early days of interior design, it was unheard of to have a fireplace in the same room as a television. Overtime the average living space got smaller and TVs crept their way into the living room. As TVs got lighter and thinner it became easy and convenient to hang your TV on the wall. It was only a matter of time before we saw TVs hanging above fireplaces, creating a single focal point. Today this faux pas has turned into the trendiest layout for your living room.
There’s only one problem with this trend, electronics HATE heat! Heat and dust are the two main factors that decrease the lifespan of your electronics. So before you start hanging your TV above your fireplace, I recommend contacting the company that will be honoring your warranty. Some electronics companies will void your equipment’s warranty if you place it above a fireplace. You can also check with the store where your TV was purchased. Some stores will send an expert to your home and help determine the best installation point.
If you choose to place your TV above the a fireplace you will need to determine the acceptable distance between the top of the fireplace to the bottom of the TV. Fireplace manufacturers will provide you a clearance to combustibles, meaning the safe zone where combustible materials will not ignite. This measurement will be a good indicator of where the safe zone is for your TV . Comfort is also a factor when hanging your TV. You don’t want to hang your TV so high you’ve got your neck kinked at an uncomfortable angle.
There are 3 basic mounting options for your TV above the fireplace:
Having the TV placed recessed in the wall in an alcove is the ideal option to select. The further inset from the front of the fireplace the better. Having a mantel and fans inside the fireplace will help deflect rising heat away from your TV.
Consideration should also be given to the construction behind the wall of the fireplace. Is there an open cavity above the fireplace where heat can easily dissipate or is the fireplace shelved in where heat is trapped, thus increasing the heat behind the TV? Passive vents can be installed to help dissipate the heat. This will also lead to secondary heat recovery, adding more heat back into the room that would normally be trapped in the wall.
When using an electronic ignition gas fireplace, both the TV and the fireplace need to be on separate electrical circuits. If they are on the same circuit, a disturbance can be created that will compromise the TV picture quality.
If the interior designer in your head is telling you this layout is still a faux pas, but you are stuck on space, explore your camouflaging options. There are many creative ways to conceal your TV when it is not in use. This is one of my favorites:
Written By: Heather Culley
Heather is the Marketing Coordinator for Montigo Fireplace.