Television mounted over the fireplace? Yes or no?

My husband and I are in a disagreement as to where to place our 65 inch television. Currently it is on an old buffet along a big wall. I would rather place the television above the fireplace and use the large wall area for a conversation area reading nook, etc.

What are your thoughts?

q television mounted over the fireplace yes or no
Current position of tv.
q television mounted over the fireplace yes or no
I've measured the space and the tv will fit.
  38 answers
  • Michael A. Marciniak Michael A. Marciniak on Jan 21, 2018
    YES - just do it for more space!

  • Caton Susan Caton Susan on Jan 21, 2018
    Above the fireplace is too high and will strain the eyes and neck to be looking up to watch tv. Eye level or slightly below is best for viewing computer monitors and TVs.

    • Denise Denise on Jan 23, 2018
      Not necessarily. Depends on how far away the seating area is and what type of seating.

  • Connie Connie on Jan 21, 2018
    i prefer the tv at a lower level, have in an armoire. It really is your personal preference. I like my decorated mantle and oil painting.

    • Denise Denise on Jan 23, 2018
      An armoire large enough to accommodate this size of a TV would be HUGE.

  • Kaye Kaye on Jan 21, 2018
    Joe and I had the same argument I didn't want the TV to be the center point of the room. If I were you, I would consider something more colorful over the fireplace to compete with the opening and the TV. Good Luck

    • Denise Denise on Jan 23, 2018
      Depends on your lifestyle. A lot of decorators also do away with ceiling fans for a lovely light fixture. Although I agree with the look of it, we could never give up ceiling fans.

  • AJ AJ on Jan 21, 2018
    My sister is dealing with this issue now. Her TV is above the fireplace. It is an old school iron one that REALLY kicks out the heat. She has noticed that the heat seems to be negatively impacting the if the television is internally screaming, "Help me, I'm melting!" I highly advise against it unless it is an electric fireplace that allows you to determine the intensity of the heat.

    • Denise Denise on Jan 23, 2018
      Depends on how frequently the fireplace is used. Although it rarely gets cold enough to justify a fire in Southeast Texas, we are cognizant of the possibility. So many people are placing TVs above fireplaces these days, there are heat diverters that can be placed and are all nut invisible.

  • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Jan 21, 2018
    I have my 65” hdtv mounted to my wall at 40” off the ground to the bottom side of my TV. What’s too high really depends how large your room is and how far your going to be sitting away from the TV. I have a large front room and my TV sets about 8” above a cabinet with a fake fireplace that has a heater in it!
    Height of your TV a personal choice, but If you’re not sitting to close to your TV you should be fine with your TV height between 40-45” off the floor to the bottom of the TV set! Btw, I sit 12’ away from my TV set! So say your only sitting 6’ away then this height I mentioned could be too high for you and may want to stay between 30-36” off the ground to the bottom of your TV set. In other wards the farther you sit away from your TV the higher you can have your TV without feeling like your looking at the ceiling to watch TV!

  • Emily Emily on Jan 21, 2018
    No. The t.v. is far larger than the mantelpiece and would overwhelm it. It is even too high on the piece of furniture it is on. If you did lower it, it would be more in line with the opening in your fireplace. . .would look more of a piece. You should be looking slightly down at a t.v. I would actually try in some way to hide the t.v. when you are not watching it. But that is my own opinion and I do love my t.v.! Gale above makes a good point. If I sat 12' away from my t.v. I would be in the front yard! We are lucky in having another room than our l.r. to watch t.v. in and it is in a niche so hidden by a French door when we are not watching. BTW thank you for posting the pics. It makes given advice far easier.

  • Loni.andersonline Loni.andersonline on Jan 21, 2018
    Thank you everyone for your suggestions! Great advice. Lower the televsion, do NOT mount it above the fireplace and try to conceal it (if I am able). He wins...just don't tell him! LOL

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    • Jacqui Jacqui on Jan 23, 2018
      Not being aware of your decor style... You may want to think of a "barndoor" cabinet as an alternative to an amiore. You can close the door(s) easily when you have visitors. A buffet that offers storage space in your style would be an attractive addition. Plus more space for seasonal decor of your choice.

  • Cynthia Cynthia on Jan 21, 2018
    you currently have different focal points whether you intended to or not. I'd definitely mount it above the FP, and create another seating area on the wall with the buffet. You refer to that buffet as"old", but it's a good looking Piece. Have you considered painting it white to match you mantle/surround, trim?? Good luck!

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Jan 21, 2018
    I've heard that it isn't a good idea to put your Tv over your fireplace, even though a lot of people do, I won't chance it. I have a beautiful round mirror over my fireplace. It is the focal point of the room, why would you want to put a tv over it. Just my personal opinion.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Jan 22, 2018
    Your fireplace would look lost with the TV above it. Rearrange your furniture in the living room and place the tv on a different wall if you can.

  • Nun32489822 Nun32489822 on Jan 22, 2018
    you are not supposed to look up to long at anything as you will get tiered sooner than you think, unless you have recliners so your eyes are looking upwards anyway eric

  • Denise Denise on Jan 23, 2018
    WWe have our 70" above our fireplace. It'
    Mounted on the wall and the mount allows the TV to tilt down just enough. We don't have a huge living area but large enough to accommodate. The type of furniture to have and the veiwing distance will determine your comfort level and avoid neck strain. We rearranged the entire area including the TV during Christmas to decorate. We placed it on the entertainment stand which placed it at "eye level". Let me tell you, we couldn't get that sucker back above the fireplace fast enough. Right after breakfast on New Years Day, Christmas decor down for the year and TV back in its rightful place.

    What I was going to say is, put it above the FP. If you don't like it or it doesn't work out, move it back. No harm no foul😊

  • Deanna Deanna on Jan 23, 2018
    Place your reading nook by the fireplace for a cozy feel. A chair, small end table and lamp and you are good to go. Tv on the wall. Above the fireplace use pictures or empty frames layered to give some height and balance to the fireplace. Draw the eye upward.

  • She27786316 She27786316 on Jan 23, 2018
    i was totally agaisnt having my tv over the fireplace and my husband “won” and I absolutely love it. I also suggest trying it to see what you think. It definitely frees up floor space!

  • Connie Connie on Jan 23, 2018
    dMj, I’m not suggesting they put a huge tv in a cabinet of any size. Mine is 40” and is at eye level.

  • Connie Connie on Jan 23, 2018
    the picture of tv just came through. No way should this go over the mantle for many reasons. It would look monstrous, overwhelming the fireplace. Too high to view.

  • Stephanie Stephanie on Jan 23, 2018
    Hi Loni, currently our tv is mounted above our fireplace and I think it's too high. We rent right now so we can't move it. We are in the process of buying our own place (closing in 1 month!) I think that for viewing, above your fp is an ideal location for the tv. Can you re-arrange your furniture to accommodate better viewing on the wall it's currently on? If that's an option, maybe mount the TV so it looks floaty (my own word!) If you want to, you could paint the buffet a lighter color and that would make the area look lighter. Just remember you have to be happy with how it functions and how it looks. On a different subject, I LOVE your flooring. Is it tile or hard wood? Where did you get it? Our new place needs all new flooring & I love the look of the wood floor but with the easier upkeep with tile. Good luck with your decision. Post what you decide!

    • Loni.andersonline Loni.andersonline on Jan 26, 2018
      Hello Stephanie, thank you for your comments and compliment on our floor! It is a grey wood like tile. Super durable and not expensive!

  • Bryan Taulbee Bryan Taulbee on Jan 23, 2018
    i have a 65” tv mounted above my fireplace and I love it. This is the third tv I have mounted above the fireplace in different homes. I can’t imagine a better spot because the fireplace is a natural focal point. Go for it!

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Jan 23, 2018
    TV should always be at eye level.

  • Dawn Dawn on Jan 23, 2018
    It seems like designers always put TV above the FP, and every ad shows this placement, and fireplaces are built allowing for a TV connection, etc, but, personally, I hate the idea. I think the TV detracts from the fireplace as a focal point. I especially hate the aesthetic of a TV that is larger than the fireplace opening.

  • Gracie Gracie on Jan 23, 2018
    I don't think it's good for you or your electronics. It's too high above the fireplace.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Jan 23, 2018
    I think the TV will overpower the fireplace. Yes, the TV may fit wall to wall, but if it is larger than the fireplace mantle it won't look good.

  • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Jan 23, 2018
    Here’s a picture of where my 65” sits on my wall, floor to ceiling is 96” , as you might be able to tell the top of my TV is only 18” from the ceiling and the bottom of the TV is 40” from the floor. Hopefully this gives you a better visual perspective?

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    • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Jan 27, 2018
      Your very welcome! The wall my TV is on I built myself and ran all my wires thru the wall and down the back of the wall to the cabinet below where my other electronics are that connect to my TV. My computer and security system are also connected to my TV. So I would have a lot of wires showing if I couldn’t run them thru my wall to hide them all. Other side of the wall is my computer room about 7 feet wide. Originally the room had a floor to ceiling support beam to the right of the TV and the other 7 feet was a part of the living room! Never looked right and was a nuisance if you were sitting in the wrong areas trying to look thru the post! Adding the wall made the living room look a lot better over all and no more post in the way! By the way, if you put your TV on the wall, if I haven’t mentioned this before? Make sure you get a full movement mount for your TV that will pull out at least 6”-8” from the wall. More the better for seeing behind your TV while connecting your cables. It’s a real pain in the neck to connect cables to the back of your TV when it’s tight to the wall and you can’t see or even read where to put your cables at! The mount is more expensive, but you’ll thank me first time you need to get behind your TV to move or change cables around! Trust me, I learned the hard way! LOL

  • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Jan 23, 2018
    they need a edit option, type o on my measurements from the top of Tv to ceiling should read 28”

  • Vicki Vicki on Jan 23, 2018
    No, ours was up on the wall for 6 months, the whole family agreed it needed to be back down eye level. Was hard watching “up” all the time. Kids didn’t like for video games up high either. We vote to keep it low.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 23, 2018
    I guess our mantle must be higher than ours, our 65 inch would never fit. Ours right now is almost up to the ceiling. We have an old 48 inch underneath it attached to our entertainment center for video games and my dads old office chair to sit in to play the games so that one is eye level. We sit about fifteen feet from the TV unless you are playing a game. We don't use our fire place and right now have a large aquarium and a bird cage in front of it.

  • Cindy Peek Cindy Peek on Jan 25, 2018
    if you like to decorate your mantel, then no. Mine is above the mantel and I hate it! I have to be very careful with what I put on the mantel (garland at Christmas) so that it doesn't obstruct the sensors on the TV

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 25, 2018
    A tv at mantel height will force you to look up. Very uncomfortable.

  • Jan Jan on Jan 26, 2018
    My husband and I mounted our large TV above the mantle and it looked good. Problem...when watching TV you had to view as if you are looking up and we had to take it down. So check out that before mounting it. It was a pain in the neck, literally.

  • Hed32521576 Hed32521576 on Jan 26, 2018
    Speaking as someone who has the same design it doesn’t work well if the fireplace is on. And the tv is directly above it . The components get very hot. We’re looking at options to move ours

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jan 26, 2018
    It doesn't look like you have the wall space over the fireplace for the t.v.

  • Loni.andersonline Loni.andersonline on Jan 26, 2018
    Thank you everyone. I have a lot to think on.

  • Shirley Shirley on Jan 26, 2018
    Definitely move it to above the fireplace!

  • Barb Barb on Jan 27, 2018
    Yes the tv would start your focal for the room and I would paint just that section of the fireplace wall in a accent color picked from throw pillow or by adding an area rug, This will add height to your room and the tv console can be used in another. If you have another photo of the entire room, the changing of furniture placement would also add another layer to your room along with an area rug and center coffee table to complete the look.

  • V Smith V Smith on Jan 29, 2018
    I am looking at your picture and seeing that when the TV is off and no fire burning you have 2 black holes. If the TV is bigger than the mantle and fire box it will look top heavy, unless you paint everything black. Do you want to tilt your head back to watch TV?