TV stands don’t typically come pre-adjusted right out of the box. You will have to do a little tweaking to get it to the right height.
Others may not think this is a big deal, but having the wrong TV height can cause headaches, stiff neck, and just be an unpleasant experience for the people watching.
The wrong TV stand height can get in the way of enjoying a good show, so you must take your time setting it up.
But what if your TV stand can’t reach the height you need? Should you purchase a new stand?
Buying a new stand is one of the quickest and most straightforward solutions, but it doesn’t make sense money-wise.
So, for all our budget-conscious and money-saving readers, we’ll discuss some great ways to adjust your TV stand’s height.
1. Adjust Your TV’s Legs
Some TVs come with adjustable legs or “necks.” If you find that your TV is still not high enough, try turning your TV on its back and see if you can adjust the height of its neck or legs.
If your TV is on the larger/heavier side, ask someone to help you out to avoid injuring yourself.
2. Risers for Your TV
If you already have a TV stand, but it can’t seem to reach your desired viewing height, you might want to give stand risers a try.
These come in a wide variety of sizes and forms. It’s crucial to obtain your TV’s dimensions to avoid purchasing the incorrect risers.
Stand risers can be a great option for TV stands that are non-adjustable. So instead of adjusting the height of the stand itself, you will use risers to “lift” the stand up to your ideal height.
This solution is faster, easier, and safer for your electronics as it involves minimal handling of your devices.
3. Build a New Base
This third tip may involve a bit more time and elbow grease, but it’s still doable.
If you are currently using a makeshift TV stand and want to upgrade to a proper one, guess what?
You can build one by yourself!
Of course, you will need to buy the materials and do the measurements yourself, but you’ll be left with a TV stand that is custom-fit for your entertainment set-up.
Customizing your TV stand ensures that you get a set-up that fits your ideal aesthetics and maximizes functionality. Your stand can be as simple or as luxurious as you want.
4. Get a New Stand
This last one is not ideal, but if you really can’t achieve the right height with your TV, it might be time to buy a new stand.
No one wants to get rid of a perfectly working stand, but we don’t have much of a choice.
Luckily, you won’t have to lose all of the money you spent on your current stand. Online platforms such as eBay and Craigslist allow you to resell your old stand at a small loss.
You can use this money to get yourself a better TV stand.
So we’ve given you many options on how to make your TV stand higher. Now it’s up to you which tip you want to try out first!
How High Should My TV Stand Be?
Ensure your television’s center is at eye level for the greatest viewing experience. This is usually around 42 inches from the floor to the middle of your TV.
But you also have to take note of your TV’s size as that will greatly dictate exactly how high you need your TV stand to be.
Now, the question is, “How do you know how high your stand needs to be?”
Well, there is a technique to finding that out.
Don’t worry. We’ll make sure to take this step by step.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Find the Middle
As mentioned above, the middle of your TV is the ideal eye level for ease and comfort when watching shows.
To find where your eyes will rest the most, use painter’s tape to mark where your eye naturally rests when seated. Normally, this height would be around 42 inches off the floor.
If you’re unsure whether you have the right height, take your measuring tape and measure 42 inches. Mark this height with your painter’s tape.
Next, you will want to test this out by taking a chair and sitting across from the tape. See if your eyes naturally rest on the tape. If it doesn’t, simply adjust the tape accordingly.
We’ve provided a short YouTube clip for you demonstrating the step-by-step process of finding the ideal watch height here.
Step 2: Note Your TV’s Weight
Now that your ideal watch height is mapped out, it’s time to start thinking about your TV stand.
You will want a TV stand that is made with the right material to support your TV’s full weight.
A good-quality stand will be able to hold up your TV without the risk of it crashing onto the ground and getting damaged.
Therefore, it’s crucial that you are aware of how much your TV weighs and what material your TV stand is made out of.
Step 3: Do the Math
Once you know your TV’s weight and what type of TV stand you’re going to use, it’s time to map everything out.
Just like when you marked where your eyes naturally rest when you’re seated, it’s time to mark the middle of your TV.
Take your measuring tape and measure across your TV’s height and width.
Now, jot down your TV’s full height and divide that number by two. Now locate that on your TV.
Ideally, you should be laying your TV flat on the ground. To mark down the measurements, you can use tiny paper clips and position them in each measurement you take.
This way, you won’t be leaving tape adhesives or scratches on your screen.
Do the same thing to your TV’s width measurements.
Now, find where both measurements meet. That is the middle of your TV.
Step 4: Assemble the Stand
Finally, it’s time to put everything together.
Assemble your TV stand, then attach your TV to it, closely following the instructional manual. Now, try to match the painter’s tape on the wall to the one on your TV.
Adjust your stand’s height accordingly.
And voila! Your TV is set up at the perfect watch height!
Don’t forget to test it out by watching a movie or two. Feel free to keep adjusting the stand’s height until you’re satisfied.
Vance is a dad, former software engineer, and tech lover. Knowing how a computer works becomes handy when he builds Pointer Clicker. His quest is to make tech more accessible for non-techie users. When not working with his team, you can find him caring for his son and gaming.