I am frameing a gas fireplace im a masterbedroom which will have a
flatscreen over it with a small mantle. I am going to use cultured stone to
finish the face of the wall. the wall is about 6 feet wide and is 8' tall.
How do I go about figuring what would look good in proportions? ie how do I
determine the height of the fireplace and placing of mantle and tv to look
good? Are there any standard guidelines that builders use?
I pretended I was in the "bed" and was watching TV. It is directly across
from the bed and because the fireplace/TV will be so far from the foot of
the bed ~ 6', any height on the TV will be comfortable.
Which is in contrast to what I have now, a 21" TV on a 5' bureau 1' away
from the foot of the bed. That hurts the neck muscles!! LOL
I get asked this one a lot. There is no industry study for placing a TV
over a fireplace. A vented fireplace will put out less heat over the mantle
(vent free not allowed in bedroom anyway, unless under 10,000 BTU). I have
never hear of a failure and I know of a lot done that way. If possible, I
suggest recessing the TV so the front is even with the wall, it will receive
less heat than if in front of the wall.
Check the specs on your gas fireplace - there are some minimum clearances
that you need around and above it, perhaps 12 inches or so. You will have
to factor that in, with the size of the fireplace itself, and the size if
the size of the mantle. Bottom line is that the top of your mantle is
likely to be around 40 inches or more above the floor.
you put an lcd monitor video fireplace in the fireplace. you add 250
watt red brooder heat bulbs for skin warmth. and put the plasma or
whatever flat tv over the mantle. otherwise or in addition, the
bedside end tables or foot of the bed might get the combo monitors
that can be used as a tv with tuner and a computer monitor by LG. try
this measurement: the distant tv must fill a diagonal field of view
not less than [9"] as measured by your extended arm holding a ruler.
[the 9" is a suggestion, you pick the field of view you like.] it's
surprising how small any wall mounted tv's get at a distance, so
reconsider and bring a pair of them in closer for twice the channels
to watch. enjoy some headphone and sleep timer features.
look at this calculation for 7" times the distance in feet equals your
desired diagonal in inches, see:
and technology and room darkness play a choice, see:
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