Standard 60-Inch TV Dimensions (With Photos)
A television is often the focal point of a room, especially if it is in the living room. Before buying a television, it’s essential to consider dimensions to find the perfect placement in a room.
A 60” TV screen measures 53”x31”, and it has a surface area of 1,500 square inches. They vary based on the manufacturer, but many 60” TVs measure 52.3”x29.4”. The metric conversion is 132 centimeters by 74 centimeters.
Things to Consider When Buying a 60-Inch TV
There are several things to consider before purchasing a television. You should consider size, resolution, TV position, room size, room type, and price.
When looking to purchase a TV, consider what screen size you want. Because a screen size is measured diagonally, the TV’s size isn’t precisely how much viewing space you’ll have.
If you want a TV that is 60 inches wide, a 60-inch TV certainly won’t give you that. A 60-inch TV will only give you a screen of about 53 by 31 inches. A 60-inch TV also has approximately 1500 square inches of screen area.
Different TV sizes are preferable for different amounts of people. The more people you entertain, the bigger your TV should be.
Before purchasing a TV, consider what resolution you’d like. The higher the resolution, the higher the pixelation. Because of this, you can sit close to the TV without it appearing grainy.
Most TVs are available in either 1080p or 4K. 1080p used to be the norm and is usually referred to as Full HD.
4K TVs are known as Ultra HD and have about four times the resolution of 1080p TVs. They have become much more popular in recent years. Nowadays, it will be easier to find a 60-inch TV in 4K than in 1080p.
Some TVs are even available in 8K, but they tend to be much more expensive than 4K TVs. Also, not much content exists in 8K. Until film, TV, and gaming content catches up, an 8K TV may not be worth the price.
When looking to purchase a TV, consider where you plan to position it. TVs can be wall-mounted or rest on a TV stand. Each position offers viewers a different viewing experience.
If you have considerable floor space, a TV stand may be the position for you. However, the width of your TV is not going to be the width of your TV stand. Your TV stand should be at least two inches wider than your TV.
A 60-inch TV is about 52-53 inches wide and should have a TV stand of a minimum 54-inch width. Of course, a larger TV stand can always accompany a smaller TV. However, a larger stand could dwarf a small TV if it is significantly wider than your television.
The height of your TV stand also plays a role in viewing quality. The middle of the TV should be at about eye level of the average viewer watching TV in your home.
The Best Height for Your Television Stand
To determine optimal TV stand height, measure from the floor to the eye level of a viewer in your home. Ensure the person is seated where most viewing happens, most likely a sofa or chair across from the TV.
Subtract half the TV’s height from this number. The height of your TV stand will fall within an inch or two of the resulting figure.
Make sure to account for the depth of the TV stand as well. If you have a smaller living room, a TV stand may take up too much floor space.
A wall-mounted TV can save you a lot of precious floor space. Mounting your TV on the wall will make it sit a few inches off the wall. However, this doesn’t jut into your space as much as a TV stand.
But, a wall mount can increase viewing distance by a foot or two. Because it is on the wall, it is further away than if placed on a TV stand. A mounted television also adds a slight viewing angle that does not usually accompany a TV stand.
How High Should You Mount a Television?
How high you should mount your TV varies based on the television’s size. If you have a 60-inch TV, mount it between 61 and 65 inches from the floor to the TV’s center.
You can do some math to determine the perfect height for your TV. You’ll need a graphic calculator to do this.
Take the “Tan” of your reclining angle, which is 10-20 degrees when laying back. Multiply this by the viewing distance from the TV. Add this number to the viewer’s eye level to determine the perfect TV mounting height.
Most wall mounts feature a design that can fit any size television. However, some models won’t be able to hold up the weight of larger TVs. To make sure your television is stable, use a wall mount made specifically for your size TV.
Your room size can determine what size of TV you should purchase. If the room is on the smaller side, a large TV will take up a lot of space. A large TV can easily overwhelm a small room. Conversely, a large room can easily swallow up a small TV.
It is also important to consider how much floor and wall space you have available. Do you have space for a 60-inch TV and stand or a wall mount? If not, are you comfortable rearranging your furniture to make room?
Even if your room is on the smaller side, you can still have a decent-sized TV. As long as you have wall space, you can mount your TV on the wall. This loophole can help you get around a lack of floor space.
Coupled with room size, the room type can help determine what size TV you should get. TVs serve different purposes in different rooms.
If you have a TV in your kitchen, it’s likely background noise while you cook. If there’s a TV in your bedroom and living room, you will likely watch more in your living room.
For smaller rooms, keep the TV on the smaller side. This includes kitchens, small to average bedrooms, and smaller living rooms.
You really only need a 32-inch TV for these rooms. However, it would be best not to view these from more than about 4.9 feet away because viewing quality decreases.
Average and Large-Sized Rooms
For average-sized living rooms and larger bedrooms, a 32 to 40-inch TV will work just fine. You can view these TVs from 4.9 to 8 feet away, so there is more flexibility in placement. These TVs are also more likely to offer extra or smart features than a 32-inch or smaller.
In a living room and a large master bedroom, 45 to 55 inches will provide an optimal viewing experience. With this television size, make sure to view from 8 to 10 feet away.
Larger rooms, like a sizable living room or an outdoor patio area, can house 60 to 85-inch TVs. You will just need to increase the distance from the TV as the TV gets larger.
Of course, you can place a larger TV in a smaller room if you can keep viewing distance optimal. This will help viewers not to strain their eyes.
Price varies from TV to TV. The bigger the television, the more expensive it is going to be. A TV will also get more expensive with higher resolutions.
Brands also vary in price. You can expect additional features, like a smart or curved TV, to be more expensive as well.
TVs under 60 inches will likely cost several hundred dollars, though some are relatively cheap. Some smaller TVs only cost $150. A 60-inch TV is more likely to cost between $400 and $500. 60-inch TVs with higher resolution will be on the more expensive end.
However, 60-inch TVs are becoming less and less popular than 55 and 65-inch TVs. It may be harder to find one than a 65-inch model of the same brand.
The Perfect Viewing Distance for a 60-Inch TV
If you decide to purchase a 60-inch TV, it is time to consider where to place it. As discussed above, you can either mount it on the wall or use a TV stand. Whichever you choose, there is an optimal distance to place your TV from the viewer.
To determine where to place your TV, take the diagonal measurement of your TV. Multiply that by 1.5. This gives you the minimum distance you should be sitting away from your TV.
For a 60-inch TV, that is 90 inches or 7.5 feet. However, the distance can act as a range.
If you have a 1080p TV, you’ll want to sit farther away, between 7.5 and 12.5 feet. If you have a 4K TV, you can sit closer without the image appearing grainy. You can sit between 5 and 7.5 feet from a 4K TV.
If you mostly use your TV to watch movies, place your seating a bit closer to the TV. This will provide you with the closeness a movie theater offers.
What is the difference between a 60 and 70-inch TV?
Because TVs are measured diagonally, a 70-inch TV offers significantly more screen size than a 60-inch. It is about 9 inches wider and 5 inches taller on average. A 70-inch TV provides about 36% more screen than a 60-inch TV.
How can I make sure I get the right wall-mount for my 60-inch TV?
Thanks to their design, you can mount most flat-screen TVs. But, be sure to check your manual before to be certain. Find “VESA” (Video Electronics Standards Association) and its accompanying number in your manual. Buy a mount with the same VESA number to ensure your TV and wall mount match.
Other Places To Put Your TV
Most people put their TV’s in their living room, and their bedrooms. But, if you have turned your garage into a work area, why not include one out there? That way you don’t have to miss your favorite show, or game, and you can stay productive.
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Stacy Randall is a wife, mother, and freelance writer from NOLA that has always had a love for DIY projects, home organization, and making spaces beautiful. Together with her husband, she has been spending the last several years lovingly renovating her grandparent's former home, making it their own and learning a lot about life along the way.
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