Finish a Basement: A DIY remodeling adventure!
Great home theater tips to help you design and setup your basement home theater!

Return to our Home page
Visit our project planning page to learn how to prepare to finish your basement whether you're remodeling your basement by yourself, or hiring a contractor to finish your basement
Visit our design page to see how we created our basement design, and for tips on how you can design the basement of your dreams
Check here for information on the tasks you'll need to complete to finish your basement. Complete with the lessons we learned as we remodeled our basement, and tips to help you avoid some of the mistakes we made.
Whether you're designing a dedicated home theater, or creating a multi-purpose media room, check here for tips on selecting home theater components, and calibrating, and setting up your AV equipment
Check here to follow along as we complete our DIY basement remodeling project!


>Home >Home theater >HDTV screen size

HDTV screen size

See the previous topic in this sectionSee the next topic in this section

The general rule for screen size is that you should sit at a distance of 1.5-2 times the diagonal screen size. So, if you have a 60" screen, you should sit 90-120 inches away (7.5 - 10 feet).

How far should you sit from your HDTV, and how big of a screen do you need? Check out different screen sizes and distances to see what 'feels' best for you! After you've laid out your seating during the planning stage of your basement, you'll know about how far away from the screen you'll be sitting. Use the rule above, or an online distance calculator to get a feel for the screen size you need.

When you go shopping to compare the different sizes and models, stand about the same distance as you'll be at home and find the size that suits you best.

Approximate viewing distance

Recommended screen size (approx)

5-6 feet
6-7 feet
8-10 feet
12-15 feet

Note: These are just general guidelines, but remember- if you are much further than this away at a given screen size, you'll be losing some of the detail in that beautiful HD image!

Since my basement plan has the main viewing area about 12 feet away from the screen, a 70" screen would be a good size. Even the seats at the back of the room would have a decent view of a screen that large. If I go with the front projector I'll have room for about a 100" screen- which will create a very immersive home theater experience!


Home Theater Topics

Setting your budget

Selecting components

A/V receivers

How big should the screen be?

Display technologies

Front projectors

HDTV shopping tips

Speakers and subwoofer

DVD players

Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD

How to buy a Blu-ray player

Top Blu-ray players

Lutron dimmers: Custom home theater lighting

Lutron Spacer System: Custom programmable scene lighting

Cables and accessories

Buying home theater systems

Buying home theater speaker, Blu-ray players, and accessories

Home theater setup



Home |Project Planning | Design | Construction | Home Theater | Our Progress | About this site

©2008-2012 Wilk Web Works
All content is protected by copyright. Unauthorized duplication is prohibited.
All rights reserved.