How To Measure A TV For Size and Bezel

    How To Measure A TV For Size

    A TV size is one of the factors to consider when buying a TV especially if you a buying the TV from an online store. Most times, you can’t accurately tell the size of a TV from its specifications. For instance, just because the manufacturer’s specification said a TV is 32” doesn’t mean the TV is that big. Also, bear in mind that the screen size will depend to a great extent on the resolution and how far you will stay to view the TV. The good thing is that it is easy to measure a TV for size. 

    Factors To Consider When Choosing The Size Of A TV

    • The available space for the TV. 
    • The Screen Size Measurement
    • Bezel Dimensions
    • Viewing Distance
    • The TV Dimensions

    The Available Space for the TV: Available space is one important factor that will determine the size of the TV you buy. For instance, if you have a small space, it’s only sensible that you go for a smaller sized television.

    The Screen Size Measurement: The screen size measure is also known as the diagonal screen size of a TV. The diagonal screen size is always what is detailed in the TV specification size. It is always measured in inches. Know that sometimes, the diagonal screen size advertised may not be the actual size. This is where ‘Class’ comes in. class in lay term measures the screen size is a little bit smaller than the advertised size. For instance, the actual size for a 55” class maybe 54.5”. 

    Bezel Dimension: The Bezel dimension means the TV frame and it is also an important factor to consider when choosing the size of a TV. The screen size measurement does not on its own tell the actual size of a TV. You need to also consider bezel which is the height and width of the TV frame. Thankfully, most manufacturers include both the screen size and the size of the TV withstand. The frame size or bezel is usually ½ an inch to 3 inches. 

    Viewing Distance: This is the distance from your TV to where you will stay to view the TV. The viewing distance matters when picking a TV size. For instance, if your TV is too big and your viewing distance is too close, you will the pixels and this doesn’t give a good viewing experience. Generally, it is advisable to maintain at least 2 or 2.5 times the size of the TV screen away from your TV. For instance, you need to stay 7 feet away from the screen of a 42 inch TV. So the longer the viewing distance you have, the bigger the TV size you can buy. 

    Impact Resolution: The resolution of the TV is another important factor to consider. This because a TV resolution will determine the viewing distance. For 4k Ultra HD TV, it is advisable to maintain at least 1 or 1.5 times the size of the TV screen away from your TV.

    How To Measure Flat Screen Size

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    To measure a TV for size, place your tape measure or measuring stick on one end of the TV. It could be the top or bottom of the screen. Run your tape diagonally across the opposite end of the screen. The result in inches is the actual measurement of the TV screen. Ensure you measure just the screen and not the TV frame (plastic cover).

    How To Measure The Entire TV Dimension

    The TV dimension includes the bezel or the TV frame. To measure the height of the entire dimension, hold your measure tap vertically from one point of your TV frame to the other point. To measure the width, hold your measure tap horizontally from one point of your TV frame to the other point.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a Bezel On A TV?

    A TV Bezel On A TV is the frame size of the TV or the entire dimension of the TV. 

    What is ‘Class’ in a TV size?

    When there is a class tag on a TV, it means the TV screen size is smaller than the advertised size.