Not a great picture, sorry. The fireplace that my son in law is
obscuring has a gas coal effect fire. Plan is to mount a 32" LCD above
the mantelpiece. Can anyone see any problem in doing this?
I'm watching one now and I'm far more comfortable than when when the TV
was at "normal" height. The current position is only temporary whilst
the lounge is in pieces, but the new permanent position will definitely
be close to the top of the chimney breast.
Of course it depends what you sit on but it's easy enough to find a
comfortable position and see which way your head ends up pointing. For
me, on a pretty standard sofa, that seems to be at the coving on the
opposite side of the room.
We used to have a 42" plasma on the chimney brest (blocked in, no mantle
piece) mounted with the top edge at about 1.8m. Never appeared to be a
problem to us. Seemed to make the screen look bigger as well.
This was an very early plasma and was feck heavy, needed substantial
We now have a 46" LCD on there with the top edge at 1.3m and it does
feel more comfortable though. Also it's so light it's on a single
fixing, like a picture ;)
Fixings wise, not a problem, there should be 4" of brick at the level
you are talking about. Use an 80 to 100mm fixing (lose 20mm in the
plaster then 60 - 80mm in brick.
Aesthetically though it will look like shit, tellys over the fireplace
are sooo yesterday, were only for chavs in the first place and needed
something a lot bigger than a 32" to balance the size against the scale
of the fireplace.
Not too clever ergonomically either due to the neck position on looking
A 32" flatscreen is quite a discrete size so on a stand just to the left
of the fireplace would be my choice but I can see the potential for
kiddy related damage at that height.
When I re-do the lounge here the gas fire will go, the telly will prob
go in the gap and I'll close the flue to save the perpetual 1kW loss
that the open one creates.
Mine is going on the chimney breast, regardless of what any fashion
victims might think about that. I'll have it where it works best rather
than where it looks prettiest any day. It'll be fully visible from right
up the street too :o)
The opposite is true in my case, and I'm willing to bet I'm fairly
typical in that respect.
Depends on the furniture you'll be sitting on when watching it,
but quite likely it's too high - you'll all get a crik in your
neck watching it. Ideally, it wants to be no higher than your
eye level when seated, and lower is usually more comfortable.
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If you want to chase in the cables, you'll probably find the chimney
breast is brick even if the rest of the interior walls are soft concrete
blocks, so it'll need a bit more welly. On mine the render turned out to
be pretty thin too, so most of the thickness had to come out of the
brick. 25mm seemed to work fine without any sign of breaking through
though, and nothing untoward fell into the fireplace.
Time, and the first smoky fire, will tell if I've compromised the flue...
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