Although smaller television screen sizes are predominantly used for kitchens and bedrooms where viewing distances tend to be shorter, today’s higher resolution larger HD & UHD TVs can be comfortably viewed from reasonably close up. This enables a larger screen TV to be used where once a very small screen was the only option.
For those with smaller living rooms - a great way to create extra space is to wall mount your new TV. This will allow you to hang your TV flat up against the wall and create extra space to enjoy the full effects of a larger screen TV.
When selecting the perfect screen size for your home, it is important to consider how far you will be sitting from the screen and also the resolution of the screen. A higher resolution TV (Full HD - 1080p, or Ultra HD - 4K) with an appropriate source will allow you to sit closer to the TV without noticing the pixels.
Our recommendations on viewing distances is shown here, however these are just guidelines and the screen size you choose should ultimately be based on your personal preference. The larger the TV, the more immersive the viewing!
A TV screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner. Measure from the visible corners of the screen, not including any part of the screen-surrounding bezel. A 32 inch TV is 32 inches (81 cm) from bottom left to top right of the screen, or bottom right to top left of the screen.
Small flat screen TVs are the perfect screen size for your bedroom or kitchen. For even smaller spaces, choose a versatile 12V model; ideal for motorhomes, caravans and boats. 22 inch up to 32 inch TVs are ideal for viewing up to 1 metre away whilst 26 inch to 38 inch TVs are ideal for a large bedroom or smaller living space, with viewing distances of 1 to 1.5 metres. Modern TVs are very thin, making it possible to fit larger screen sizes into compact rooms.
For an engaging viewing experience in an average living room (or a spacious bedroom), with an ideal television viewing distance of 2 to 2.5 metres you need a TV with at least a 39" screen.
A larger living space or home cinema setup requires a larger, top of the range screen, with viewing distances of over 3 meters a television over 51 inches is the minimum recommended screen size.