As the TV has become a more prominent feature of the home, it raises the question; should it hold a place of prominence over the fireplace mantle? With family rooms still a popular design trend, homeowners often find themselves asking the question from a design standpoint (and logistically) should I put the TV over the fireplace? In almost any case you can put the TV over a fireplace, but there are pros and cons to this.
Considerations for installing a TV above the mantle.
Balance of space: From a visual standpoint, ensuring the TV does not feel too “heavy” on the wall along with the fireplace and mantle is important. This could be a problem if you have a smaller room or lower ceilings. In this Wellesley home renovation we had both going for us- high ceilings and a sizablel built-in despite it being for a gas fireplace- notice the gas fireplace allowed for transom windows above for more light!
Thermal considerations: The TV needs adequate height above a fireplace or a substantial mantle to allow the heat to dissipate before it reaches the TV or blocks the heat from traveling upwards. Remember a fire in the fireplace can reach 1000 degrees which can cause damage to most screens.
There are times when a compromise is required for the space you are working with- just make sure the placement takes the space and comfort into consideration… football season will be upon us soon so we may have friends over sitting and standing!