Pros and cons of hanging your TV over the fireplace

TVs have drastically changed over time, both in their design and functionality. The days are gone when only the wealthy had a TV. They've been a staple in almost every home since the 1950s when they rose in popularity. In a typical household, your sofas and chairs will be pointed towards your TV, allowing for optimum ease when viewing your favourite shows.

TVs used to be big, bulky, heavy things, and so were most appropriate sitting on a TV stand strong enough to hold their weight. In recent years though, TVs have become slimmer, lighter, and much more portable. Many are now ideal for hanging on a wall. They often come with the necessary fixtures and fittings for DIY-ers to hang them themselves. A common placement is over fireplaces.

Why Hang Your TV Over Your Fireplace?

First of all, it looks great! Very stylish, modern and attractive.

  • First of all, it looks great! Very stylish, modern and attractive.
  • You save some valuable space. There's no need for chunky TV stands, which is ideal if you have a smaller living area.
  • Got kids? Your TV will be well out of reach of little hands who, as we all know, love to touch things they shouldn't!
  • Being higher up means that it's easier to see the TV from most areas of the room. So, your furniture placement can be more flexible and creative.
  • It's like having a feature wall and draws attention to your TV, as well as your beautiful fireplace.

The Downside to Hanging Your TV Over Your Fireplace

Of course, as with most things in life, there are drawbacks as well as positives. Let's take a look at what those are:

  • The big downside here, and perhaps the most obvious, is that the heat from the fireplace may interfere with or damage your TV set. Consider the type of fireplace you have and whether its well-insulated.
  • It's not for everyone's taste. You may not like the thought of your TV being the focal point of your living room.
  • It could be uncomfortable on your neck or eyes if you're not used to the angle when watching it.
  • If you have a very large room, it may difficult to see your screen properly from your sofa or chairs.
  • If you're not confident enough to hang the TV safely yourself, you may need to hire someone to hang it for you, costing you money.

The Choice is Yours

It all comes down to personal preference and practicality. Here, we've given you the pros of cons of each option. But, if you're still undecided, particularly if you have a traditional fireplace and are concerned about the heat, get in touch and we'll happy to have a chat about your options. We mentioned a little about insulation earlier. We can help you out with this too.

Don't get caught in a minefield. Simply pick up the phone and give The Fireplace Warehouse a call today. Let's make the best of your living space.

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