To think tvs with screens over 37" are naff naff naff?

(307 Posts)

Unless it's in a room the size of a small cinema, that is...

As part of my job I see the insides of lots of peoples' houses. And it never ceases to amaze me how so many people seem determined to squeeze a ridiculously enormous tv screen into a small room. It doesn't seem to bother that they sometimes have to obscure half the window, or remove most of the other furniture from the room to fit it in (ok that's an exaggeration). Just cos something is available in an enormous size, doesn't mean you have to buy it.

When we were looking at tvs in John Lewis the other day, I overheard a saleswoman telling somebody that she would always recommend going no bigger than 37 inches in an average sized room. She'll probably get the sack if she keeps telling people that, but I wanted to kiss her.

If I ever try to watch one of these ridiculous tvs, they make me sea sick. Seriously.

Rant over smile

CandyCrushed Sat 30-Mar-13 00:54:10

poster GreenEggsAndNichts

Watching James Martin in Saturday Morning Kitchen in HD on our big TV is actually a bit scary confused

Cocodale Sat 30-Mar-13 05:00:48

Our neighbour has one on there wall and its so big we can watch it from our living room.
It's far to big for the room on the other hand they have Sky and we don't so do get to see different programmes grin

ceres Sat 30-Mar-13 06:04:34

we have a 42" tv. we think it is the perfect size for the room and, as it is flat screen, it doesn't dominate.

i don't like wallmounted tvs, particularly over the fireplace, so ours sits on a sideboard. although it is a far bigger screen than our last tv, which was a 28"widescreen, it takes up much less space and is therefore much less of a dominant feature in the room.

tbh i love my sitting room, complete with big tv, and if others think it is naff that is fine by me - i live here, they don't!

theodorakisses Sat 30-Mar-13 08:21:06

naff=ok on MN
common=huge offence on MN

"we only have a 1" tv that is so old the programmes are in sepia and we only watch a milisecond of highly educational documentaries once a year" = "I wait until everyone is out and watch Jeremy Kyle and Big Brother but I am a snob who judges people for being common so as long as I keep it a secret it doesn't count"

GreenEggsAndNichts Sat 30-Mar-13 10:51:52

CandyCrushed hah grin I can imagine.

That reminds me, I believe that's how we ended up with the larger TV. We had an ancient old-fashioned box one up until last year, until the picture started going different colours in the corner. We were in the market for a new one, and DH declared if we were buying a new one, we might as well get one which is HD ready, etc etc. He wasn't sold on a big screen but I'd seen the at friends' houses and thought it was really nice.

I do get that people get very judgey about TV here, and if they see a massive one they assume we spend all our time watching it. No, if I have spare time, I'm plonked on the internet. Which isn't any better, really. smile

When I needed to replace my small old CRT TV recently I wasn't sure what size to get, so I did a bit of research. Found a website that you can use to calculate the ideal sized TV based on how far you'll be sitting from it. I also read many blogs and reviews and it was pretty common for people to say they wished they'd bought bigger rather than smaller, so I took note of that too. In the end I went for a 46" (I sit 10 feet away from it) and, although it seemed huge to begin with, I've never regretted it. It's certainly no status symbol for me (I'm not one for technology really), I just wanted something that would make the most of the films I love watching. TBH I do prefer to have TVs hidden as they aren't exactly decorative are they - my old one was in a lovely cabinet - but it was a trade off between discreet but a crap viewing experience, and something more in your face but brilliant to watch.

zukiecat Sat 30-Mar-13 17:18:19

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