As technology evolves and improves, televisions also get bigger and better. If you just upgraded recently to a sleek model or eyeing to buy a new one for your bedroom or living room but don’t know what to look for, finding out what TV size to buy may be a bit confusing. You may be wondering how to measure a television for your display. Fortunately, measuring your television is very simple, and it only takes less than a minute to do so. Here’s a quick guide for you to read on.
Methods on How to Measure a Television
Here’s a simple guide for you on how to measure a television.
Check your TV’s Dimensions
- Measure your TV screen from corner to corner so you can confirm that it’s the same as the one being advertised. Whether you measure a flat-screen or another model, start at the top left corner of the screen and stretch it to the bottom right corner using your tape measure. Measuring your screen diagonally will provide you the standard screen dimension that manufacturers use to advertise their TVs’ size.
- Tip: Measure only the screen itself and not the bezel or frame that surrounds the screen’s outer edges.
- Find the width by running a tape measure horizontally and from side to side. Measure from the TV’s far left edge to the far right edge. And include the bezel on both ends. The number you will get is the overall width that should be a few inches lesser than the screen size.
- A TV that is listed as 60 inches (150 cm), for example, is only 52.3 inches (133 cm) wide in reality.
- The TV’s width is its most critical measurement—it will be a factor whether you opt to mount your television on your wall or set it on a cabinet or TV stand.
- To get the height, measure from top to bottom. Now, extend your tape measure from your TV’s upper edge to the lower edge on the same side. It will give you the TV’s overall height. Most newer ones have a height measurement that is around 56% of the total width.
- For example, a 48 inch TV with a 42 inches screen will have a height of about 25–27 inches.
- Generally, height doesn’t really matter as much as width. But, the vertical dimension might end up making an exception when you are deciding where to place your television.
- Measure from front to back to find the depth. This may seem a little tricky if the back of your TV is tapered. In such a case, it will help to hold a long flat object against the rear edge to measure the distance between your screen and the reference object. If this is not an option, you can also figure it out by simply eyeballing.
- Consider your TV’s depth to guarantee that it’ll fit the cabinet or stand.
- TVs are constantly redesigned to take up lesser space at home. These days, flat-screen ones are less than 10 inches deep with an attached stand and as thin as 3 inches without
Make Sure Your TV Fits the Display Space
- Measure your planned display space.
Now you know how to measure a television, you need to look for the exact width and height of the area where you will put your TV. You will also need to note the depths of your cabinet or stand to know whether they are enough to hold your TV.
- Round off the measurements you took to the nearest 1⁄2 inch for maximum accuracy.
- Take note of your display space’s dimensions and remember them when you’re shopping around for your new TV.
- Provide an extra 2–3 in of room to your display space.
Ensure that the stand you will be using has at least half a hand’s width bigger than your TV on all sides, so it will fit comfortably to avoid any surprises when the set-up time comes.
- Choose a TV that’s big enough for you to see clearly from where you will be sitting. A 50-inch screen may sound exciting, but it could be underwhelming if you are watching from the opposite side of your room. When deciding on a reliable size estimation, a good rule of thumb is to multiply the distance between your TV and your seating area by 0.84.
- If you are sitting about 72 inches away from your TV, a 60 inch TV will provide optimum visibility.
- Know your TV’s aspect ratio to experience and enjoy the best picture.
“Aspect ratio” refers to the relation between a TV’s display image’s width and height. Newer widescreen TVs usually have an aspect ratio of 16:9. This implies that the picture has a height of 9 inches for every 16 inches of width.
- A standard TV squeezes the picture into a square image with a smaller area, while a widescreen TV takes advantage of the added width to display the full image in the proper dimensions.
Televisions are one of the greatest inventions of all time. As the years pass by, TVs are constantly evolving. They’re getting bigger and thinner and lighter. If you plan on having an upgrade anytime soon, it is essential that you have an allotted area for your television at home, and find the right size may sometimes be challenging. On the other hand, if you have an existing unit and need to look for a good TV stand in your cabinet, getting the precise measurements is easy. We hope that this article will guide you on how to measure a television properly. Enjoy watching! Here’s how to learn more about measuring appliances.