What’s the Best Viewing Distance For TV?

I like to sit close to the TV when watching a favorite movie. Real close. So close, in fact, I want to feel like I’m about to be sucked into the screen like that little kid in Poltergeist.

But where you sit depends on your personal preference, the size of the screen, and whether you have a 4K TV or a regular High-Definition set.

4K TV offers four times the resolution of a typical High-Definition TV.  To really appreciate the extra pixels on a 4K TV screen, you need to sit closer to the screen than you normally would. Otherwise, you may not see some of the details that are visible in 4K that may not be displayed in the high-def picture.

Below are my recommendations for the optimum viewing distance to watch a 4K TV, or a High-Definition TV. These are just recommendations. Don’t be shy about making adjustments based on individual preference, room dimensions and lighting factors. As I noted, I tend to prefer sitting closer to a TV than some people. So if you feel more comfortable being further away, it’s your choice.

4K TV Viewing Distance
40-inch — 3 to 3.5 feet.
43-inch — 3.5 to 4.5 feet.
50-inch — 4.5 to 5.5 feet.
55-inch — 5 to 6 feet
60-inch — 5.5 to 6.5 feet

65-inch — 6 to 7 feet
70-inch — 6.5 to 7.5 feet
75-inch — 7.5 to 8.5 feet
80-inch — 8.5 to 9.5 feet
85-inch — 9.5 to 10.5 feet

Now, what about a HDTV?

As you’ll see below, I would recommend sitting around three to four feet further away for a high-def TV.

HDTV Viewing Distance
32-inch HDTV — 4 to 6 feet
40-inch HDTV — 5 to 7 feet
50-inch HDTV — 6 to 8 feet
55-inch HDTV — 7 to 9 feet
60-inch HDTV — 8 to 10 feet

65-inch HDTV — 9 to 11 feet
70-inch HDTV — 10-12 feet
75-inch HDTV — 11-13 feet

At those distances, you will best experience the high-def picture without straining your eyes, and your noggin.

If you have different views on where to sit, feel free to share them below in our comments section.

Written by phillip swann

The TV Answer Man is veteran journalist Phillip Swann who has covered the TV technology scene for more than two decades. He will report on the latest news and answer your questions regarding new devices and services that are changing the way you watch television.

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