The Pros And Cons Of Having A TV Over The Fireplace

It’s so much easier nowadays to hang the TV on a wall instead of occupying floor space with a piece of furniture. If you also have a fireplace then you must have though at least once that hanging the TV over the fireplace could be a good idea. However, it’s difficult to decide. Both the pros and the cons of doing that are strong enough to let you doubt yourself.

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The BIG PRO of displaying the TV over the fireplace is that you get to save space. The rest of the walls can be used to display artwork or for mounting furniture on. Also, since both the TV and the fireplace are focal points in any living room, putting them both on the same wall means that they’ll create a common focal point.

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Of course, there are also the CONS. First, there’s the height dilemma. Placing the TV over the fireplace means that it will sit higher than usual and it can be uncomfortable to watch your favorite shows like this. This being said, measure everything before you make a decision that you might regret later.

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Then there’s also another disadvantage: the heat from the fireplace can damage the TV. So it’s best to first figure out the exact temperature in the spot where you plan to hang the TV and, just to be sure, you might want to insulate your chimney properly. Use calcium silicate plates and you should be able to solve the problem.

Now that you know the major pros and cons, what do you think? Hanging the TV over the fireplace is a no or a go?

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