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

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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

gallifrey Thu 28-Mar-13 09:58:59

We bought a 37 inch tv first and it was far too small for our living room, we changed it for a 40 inch and that is about right.
My friends have a 50 inch and it looks bloody ridiculous.

DorcasDelIcatessen Thu 28-Mar-13 09:59:49

YABU. Watching Jeremy Kyle has never been so good.

ArseAche Thu 28-Mar-13 09:59:55

yanbu - totally agree. I think it is a status symbol, which to me just states that the owner is a knob. (unless, like you say, the room is of a size of a small cinema)

Portofino Thu 28-Mar-13 09:59:59

we have 52 inches. it is bloody fab and came with a free goat grin. the room is quite big though....

gallifrey if you have a huge room I will let you off - what's 3 inches anyway smile

I also have a friend with a 50 something inch tv - it's along the wall of a really narrow room and you literally can stretch your feet out and touch it when you're sitting on the sofa. It makes me feel nauseous.

I totally agree. We have a 47" that DH couldn't live without. It makes our sitting room feel like a cinema, and not in a good way sad

ArseAche Thu 28-Mar-13 10:01:48

Aah, well if there is a goat thrown in, then that is fine! {grin]

wankerchief Thu 28-Mar-13 10:01:52

I think big cars, cushions, minimalist houses, giant fridges are naff naff naff.

Peoples tastes are different.

WandaDoff Thu 28-Mar-13 10:03:51

We have a 37 inch TV & it looks ok in our medium sized living room.

My sister has a 50 inch TV in her small living room & it looks ridiculous. She hates it but BIL wanted the biggest TV he could afford.

ArseAche Thu 28-Mar-13 10:03:52

A friend of mine has a 5o something one. The room is long and narrow, We sit opposite it on the thin side iyswim so this farking great thing is only about 10 feet away and you have to literally move your head around to see the whole picture. Makes me laugh every time I go round.

Portifino is there enough room for the goat now though?

And goat or not, unless your room is at least 50ft in any one direction, YABU grin

Wanda does your BIL have a very small penis?

CaramelLatte Thu 28-Mar-13 10:06:27

We have a 55" I'm not a knob, really I'm not. Our room is big enough to take it though but I know what you mean if the room really is too small.

Pascha Thu 28-Mar-13 10:07:42

I have a 26in square CRT telly which is 18 years old. I would sell my goat for a great big flat one. Unfortunately its still going strong, until it breaks, I am doomed to miss the sides of every programme.

Messandmayhem Thu 28-Mar-13 10:08:47

We have a 40in tv. Our previous one was a 37inch tv, but was about a million years old so was one if those big things with the huge back and a massive bezel (is that the word?) around the screen. The now one takes up much less room.


I feel so irrational about this but I think it does look pretty tacky to have a huge TV in a small room.

We have a 19" TV, it's perfect for us as we pretty much just watch DVDs on it but apparently when it eventually breaks it will be really hard to get another TV so small. No one buys small TVs anymore apparently!

I loved my enormous 26 inch 15 year old telly. I was officially fed up when it exploded a few months ago. When we bought a new one, as a mark of protest I refused to fix it to the wall and have stood it on the enormous oak tv unit the old one used to be on - thus taking up just as much space as it used to grin

ParadiseChick Thu 28-Mar-13 10:11:29

I'm still rocking the fat back crt look. I feel quite attached to it really. I learnt all about how crt tv's work in standard grade physics many moons ago so I feel fat back and I have an understanding.

Tailtwister Thu 28-Mar-13 10:11:54

Depends on the size of the room. Our friends used to make fun of us because our TV was so small! We replaced it with a bigger one (not 27 inch though) and I hate it.

So, YANBU if the TV is so large it dominates the room.


We have a massive 52 inch monstrosity in our lounge - my DP's. To be fair the room is quite large so it doesn't look massive, but still.

My lovely 26 inch TV (that I used to have in my lounge and worked perfectly well thank you very much!) has been consigned to the spare room. sigh

ivanapoo Thu 28-Mar-13 10:14:16

We have a 32" in a fairly large sitting room.

We wanted a 28" but they were more expensive!

Now it looks quite small, compared to our friends" giant screens. I admit I don't like to see a TV dominate a room.

TV in the bedroom - now that's naff.

Astr0naut Thu 28-Mar-13 10:17:06

We've got a 26inch one, although it would have worked out cheaper to get a bigger one, really. It took me ages to get used to how big it seemed, but now I thiknk it's just right.

Dreading when dcs are old enough to care about this sort of thing and want a bigger telly cos all their mates have.

usualsuspect Thu 28-Mar-13 10:17:35

I have a TV in my naff bedroom. I'd love one of those beds that the TV pops up out of the end.

If I win the lottery thats the first thing I'm going to buy.

ParadiseChick Thu 28-Mar-13 10:18:22

Oh I love my tv in my bedroom. Dh and I proper cuddle up nice and cosy on a cold night watching films or Sunday morning lie ins with the Andrew marr show, coffee and croissants. What could possibly be naff about that?

turkeyboots Thu 28-Mar-13 10:19:48

Most of my neighbours use their giant tellys in place of curtains. Telly has it back to the window and you cant see round it from the outside. So YANBU.

In-laws all have massive tellys too. Made DD seasick watching Cbebees!

piprabbit Thu 28-Mar-13 10:19:57

We have a 42inch TV - it takes up an awful lot less room then our old 32 inch CRT TV.

GinAndSlimlinePlease Thu 28-Mar-13 10:19:57

YANBU. It assumes that everything in that room will focus around the tv. It's worse when it's left on whilst your having a conversation.

We have a small tv in a large room. DH wants to upgrade to a larger one. I'm mean and say no, not until we've got a washing machine and dishwasher that works! If the tv works, why replace it? !

usual I would like one of those too - I saw a lovely one in an antique shop once - it was a 70's mustard yellow vinyl original with the popping telly and everything - but it cost thousands sad

Sometimes ridiculously naff means not naff at all IMO. But that doesn't apply to huge tvs grin

Hulababy Thu 28-Mar-13 10:21:09

Each to their own.

Our TV is about 40-42 inch. We have a big living room. It doesn't look big for the room, or out of place. It would probably be too large for a smaller room I guess, but not here.

Having a larger screen does also, at least, mean that I can actually read anything that's on the screen too! No idea why it would make anyone feel sick to watch a larger screen tbh. Do you not have real issues when you go to the cinema or have to watch presentations on large screens?

It's most definitely not a status symbol here, lol! It's a TV, nothing more, nothing less.

Hate the big old TVs that took up so much room, had huge surrounds and a tiny picture.

We don't have ours on the wall. Very few people we know do tbh as it is a faff - wires need hiding behind walls, etc Ours stands on a nice black gloss unit we purchased last year when we re-did our living room. Unit cost a fortune but looks good and fits in with our more modern look.

I don't do old houses, original features, etc. Just not my taste at all.

Poppet48 Thu 28-Mar-13 10:21:33

My friend has a 50" TV in her tiny living room, It looks utterly ridiculous.

I cannot be any good for her DC's eyes either.

freddiefrog Thu 28-Mar-13 10:21:47

We compromised on a 40 inch. DH wanted a massive jobbie but as he forgot his wallet on the day we went tv shopping, I refused to get my debit card out for anything bigger than 40

It took me ages to get used to how big the thing is, but it doesn't actually look too bad in our fairly large but odd shaped living room

Some friends of ours have an enormous tv in a tiny room, you have to sit so close to it you can't see the whole screen at once.

MooMooSkit Thu 28-Mar-13 10:23:23

I hate big TV's. They hurt my eyes! My ex sil had a 50 inch in her teennny lounge and it hurt my eyes having to watch that! We have a decant size lounge though we sort of split it lounge one side, play and eating area other and have a 32inch and it's defintely big enough, I would never ever buy any bigger than that!

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Thu 28-Mar-13 10:23:44

We have a 51". DP wanted it to watch films on. I wouldn't be without it now - I really enjoy having a large screen.

It's in a big lounge though, and still fits onto an average size corner unit.

Hullygully Thu 28-Mar-13 10:26:10

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Hula it's not the big screen itself that makes me feel sick, it's how close I have to sit to it in a small room - a bit like if you get to the cinema late and have to sit right at the front, but worse.

Hully you're evil.

Hulababy Thu 28-Mar-13 10:27:34

Ah - not an issue here personally. I can see the whole screen from where I sit on the sofa. Never experienced the sickness at all.

Now 3D often makes me feel sick, but not a standard big tv.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 28-Mar-13 10:27:55

Ours is 50 inch but the room is big. I like a big, fat TV. I hardly watch TV at all but when I do I like it to be the most glorious, all engulfing, technicolor, cinematic experience that money can buy.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 28-Mar-13 10:28:55

Hully has a point. You can see the wing detail on each fly clearly.

SunflowersSmile Thu 28-Mar-13 10:32:53

I was given a 43 inch tv recently and am slightly embarrassed by it as is too big really for our room. Would have preferred smaller one but would been seen as a right ungrateful cow if I said that.
So the cinema screen stays.....

BarnYardCow Thu 28-Mar-13 10:36:09

57 inch suits us fine in our barn sized living room! Do agree they look naff in a small space though.

Theicingontop Thu 28-Mar-13 10:44:44

I completely agree. Unless your living room is massive they look ridiculous, especially if on a stand. TVs tend to look bigger when they're not on the wall.

I have a 37" on a stand, standing in my bay window so it doesn't poke out into the room. Any bigger and I'd be losing light.

chris481 Thu 28-Mar-13 10:47:01

YABU and probably think this way because your taste is conditioned by a past in which screen size was limited by CRT technology.

What matters is not how the TV looks in the room (when it's off) but how the HD picture looks to the eye when it's on.The appropriate screen size has nothing to do with the room size, it depends on the viewing distance.

The way I have my living room furniture arranged, my viewing distance is about 8 feet, and at that distance a 50" or 55" screen is correct.

If I arranged my furniture differently I might have a viewing distance of 17 feet. At that distance a projector throwing a picture with a 120" diagonal would be the minimum required, however projectors are not suitable for everyday use in a living room.

Based on percentage of time used for each purpose, I believe there's no such thing as a living room in most households, it's a TV room that's occasionally used for other purposes. It should therefore be optimised for the TV viewing experience. Optimisation will mean seldom have a screen size of less than 50 inches, since very few people watch from less than 8 feet.

Pigsmummy Thu 28-Mar-13 10:48:29

I hate it when you go to someone's house and the giant 50inch tv takes over the whoe room and is left on during the whole duration of the visit even though no one is watching it.

I can understand however that my 90 year old gran with failing eyesight does benefit from watching her favourite sports programmes (snooker and cricket) on a HD 42 inch tv.

NinaNannar Thu 28-Mar-13 10:49:16

they are generealyl with naff brown leather sofas, twigs and pebbly shit

ArtVandelay Thu 28-Mar-13 10:50:41

We have a 60inch (ducks and runs). It's hanging on a big wall in a big room so it looks fine. It's our only telly.

My mum once sat on my sofa to watch a film and said "y'know Art, I always thought it was common to have these big sofas and a huge TV but it is comfortable and the picture is marvellous". Well thanks for that Mum, but just because I'm not obsessed by turning my house into Mrs Tiggywinkle's ye olde cottage (like you) doesn't mean I'm 'common'!

KellyElly Thu 28-Mar-13 10:52:35

I have a 52" and it looks great as I have a big living room so there. You are just jealous that when I watch a film I feel like I'm in the cinema grin

ArtVandelay Thu 28-Mar-13 10:52:59

Chris481 - DH is that you??

But chris it does matter to me how the tv looks in the room when it is switched off. It's not a tv room, or a cinema, it's a sitting room, where quite often, the tv is turned off, thank god. Unless there is a specific programme on we want to watch, we do something else and the tv is off, not rattling on in the backround.

<and breathe>

And yes if I had a separate 'tv room' I wouldn't mind it being enormous. But I'm not Elvis so I have a sitting room, a dining room and a conservatory downstairs, two of which rooms have 'normal' sized tvs in!

ouryve Thu 28-Mar-13 10:56:32

We have a 32" in our 11' wide livingroom and it's just right. Anything else would dominate the room. Of course, many of the neighbours disagree!

If the screen's too big in a small room, all you can see is how crap and pixellated the picture is, anyhow.

Art I like living in a ye olde cottage actually grin. Well it's not a cottage but it's a (quite) ye olde house.

Kelly I actually like just going to the cinema to be in the cinema grin

ouryve you know you've just opened the floodgates for loads of 'HD boasting' now don't you? wink

specialsubject Thu 28-Mar-13 11:00:18

not so much naff, as inappropriate. The John Lewis woman is quite right - unless you have a huge room, a gigantic TV is daft as you can't get far enough away to see the picture correctly. These things have designed viewing angles and distances.

ArtVandelay Thu 28-Mar-13 11:00:49

Hey, nothing wrong with ye olde cottages smile

GreenEggsAndNichts Thu 28-Mar-13 11:01:34

Two TVs? How tacky. smile

We have one big TV, no idea what size it is. It's not showing off- it was extremely affordable. It would have been more expensive to get another smaller TV when we bought it.

HappyJoyful Thu 28-Mar-13 11:01:59

A friend of mine had a theory based on sq meters of size of room v size of TV as a measure of 'chavness'.
We recently went for a 32in (as other's have said, cheaper than the 26in that we went to buy) and it fits perfectly in the alcove of our tiny cottage and it doesn't look out of place, also takes up less space on a new slim unit with storage underneath far better than smaller screened, large backed tv on bigger stand so I must admit I love it!

Crinkle77 Thu 28-Mar-13 11:02:41

yeah I agree. And why do people insist on putting them on the wall above the fire place. It is really uncomfortable watching the telly and having to look up all the time.

Yes tacky it may be but it means I don't have to watch the football smile

And ooh yes double naff points for having it fixed over the fireplace. It's crap having to get neck ache to watch it, and assuming people actually use their fires sometimes, surely the heat rising up is not good for a tv? confused

ouryve Thu 28-Mar-13 11:05:48

I'm so glad that DH agrees with me and doesn't think like Chris.

Mr Maker really is fine on a 32" screen, from 10' away. On a 50" screen, I'd be annoyed that there's no CBeebiesHD.

ouryve Thu 28-Mar-13 11:07:31

badtaste I daren't even admit that we only watch freesat, or, occasionally, freeview on our screen. No paid for Sky or Virgin media whatsoever. Why pay just to have more choice of crap you don't want to watch?

Butkin Thu 28-Mar-13 11:07:39

We bought a 42 inch just before Olympics and it's my pride and joy. Did consider bigger but went for quality over size (DD begged for a 50 inch!).

Doesn't look much bigger than our old CRT TV because it had a massive border/integral speakers and of course huge back to it. Our new TV, whilst a gorgeous big picture just has a thin silver frame around it with no wasted border at all.

We do have quite a long room and I couldn't read the captions (eyesight not great) before but can do that well now.

My Dh doesn't really care either - although he does have HD football somehow, apparently blush. But that's in the conservatory, which is the official 'man tv' room. Football just doesn't go with the sitting room decor dahling grin

RatPants Thu 28-Mar-13 11:09:15

I hardly ever watch tv and don't have an enormous one but couldn't care less about anyone else's either. A tv is a tv. Why do people care so much about this?!

ArtVandelay Thu 28-Mar-13 11:10:42

Ouryve Dr Ranj's eyebrows are simply magnificent on 60".

Now, Embarrassing Bodies... Not so nice really.

Rat because this is AIBU and I love to rant about stuff. And I get to snout in lots of peoples' houses in RL and love to be judgey about them grin

Hulababy Thu 28-Mar-13 11:15:00

We chose not to have a fireplace/fire when our house was built, so no fireplace for the TV to go over anyway.

It's just different tastes isn't it though?

I'd not want to like in some old cottage or period house, with drafty windows and doors, creaking floorboards, constantly trying to keep on top of maintaining it, it costing a fortune to heat, etc. I do like older furniture much and lots of stuff rammed in. I like light, modern and airy. Our TV fits in with our room. It may well look wrong if in a more traditional type of room I grant you. But that's not for me anyway.

Machli Thu 28-Mar-13 11:16:49

Well I've got a MASSIVE one in a small room thanks ex H for buying it just before you left and we love it. My sister came to stay for a few days and when she got home bought one that was a similar size for a smaller room because she'd got used to it and loved mine.

chris481 Thu 28-Mar-13 11:17:06

I'll just add that if you don't watch HD TV then you should ignore my previous post. Standard definition TV will look terrible on a screen sized correctly for HD, I almost never watch it.

Well since I'm not 93 I didn't get much say in my fireplaces when my house was built <stealthy house-age boast> grin

Though seriously I do agree that big tvs don't look quite as naff in new houses - their naffness kind of fits in


Only joking wink

Hulababy Thu 28-Mar-13 11:21:03

Ah you see for me - a 93 yer old house does nothing for me, so don't see it as a boast. I prefer new homes.

<sticks out tongue as can't think of a clever come-back>

flowery Thu 28-Mar-13 11:24:34

How can a telly be tacky or naff? confused

I understand if people would prefer not to have a huge one.
I understand it being a little bit daft if you have to sit close to it and can't actually see it properly.

But how is it naff and tacky? How do people have enough time and energy to expend it deciding what home furnishings are acceptable and which are naff and tacky?

And yes, I realise I seem to have enough time and energy to post on MN when I should be working grin

chris481 Thu 28-Mar-13 11:25:45

"not so much naff, as inappropriate. The John Lewis woman is quite right - unless you have a huge room, a gigantic TV is daft as you can't get far enough away to see the picture correctly. These things have designed viewing angles and distances. "

Yes, and these distances are very different for HD and standard definition. Her advice might have been appropriate to someone who only intends to watch standard definition, i.e. someone who doesn't really care about TV picture quaility.

I don't even know how big ours's smaller than 32" inch though (we got given it).

My Mum and Dad have a 42" and it's awesome...but they have a large living room so it fits. When I first saw it I thought it was ENORMOUS....but now it just looks normal.

My SIL has a TV about as big as my parents but it's in a tiny room...looks stupid, you sit about 6 feet away from it....pointless.

DoubleMum Thu 28-Mar-13 11:29:58

I have a 50 inch at the correct viewing distance away (we measured and everything!). I also have a brown leather sofa. To sit on it watching a good film in HD is fantastic. My house is obviously the height of naffness. Don't care.

louisianablue2000 Thu 28-Mar-13 11:31:13

I wouldn't consider 93 years old, 500 would be more impressive. Anyway you're all being naff, no TV is the only way to go if you want to be really posh (or rather middle middle, I'm sure the toffs with money have enormous big TVs hidden away in their private apartments and the poor toffs will still have CRTs in wooden boxes).

Alternative stealth boast, DD1 came home from school telling me all about the special oven they used at school called a my-crow-wave.

louisianablue2000 Thu 28-Mar-13 11:31:49

Duh! I wouldn't consider a 93 year old house old.

HaggisMcNeeps Thu 28-Mar-13 11:33:55

What about those beds that have the tv popping up out of them. Horrendous things.

Part of me quite like those beds Haggis. At least you can hide the tv away - like part of me would like one of those old tv cabinets with the two doors that you close when you're not watching the tv blush

But anyway, sorry that my house isn't old enough for some of you <sulks>

EuroShaggleton Thu 28-Mar-13 11:38:59

We have a 40something inch and it looks lost in our living room (it's a large all in one living room/dining room/kitchen. Mr Euro keeps asking if we can get a bigger one. I wouldn't mind actually. It's difficult to see subtitles and stuff from the sofa on the current one. It very much depends on the house. And I personally couldn't give a shiny shyte whether anyone considers it naff anyway.

Why are you telling us then? grin

Crinkle77 Thu 28-Mar-13 11:42:22

Ouryve totally with you on that one

sue52 Thu 28-Mar-13 11:43:28

DH has expressed a longing for a 3D telly the size of a small planet. I judged him harshly on that one.

TomArchersSausage Thu 28-Mar-13 11:43:49

Ours is 50" but the room is def big enough for it.

EldritchCleavage Thu 28-Mar-13 11:45:37

27" in this house. DH and I were rather sniffily directed to the 'Small TVs Section' at the Curry's Superstore when we went to buy it. No doubt we'll have to get a bigger one when the kids are older so they won't be too mortified to have anyone come round, but for now I'm happy to be out of the giant TV trend.

My BIL sneaked off with the kids one day to buy a 50" which he knew my sister wouldn't like. She calmly relegated it to the basement den. Everyone happy.

TuftyFinch Thu 28-Mar-13 11:48:26

You'll only be able to buy 32" tvs from 2018 anyway because of the way digital signals are being limited and the new laws on noise pollution so eventually we'll all have the same size.
A 93 year old house would have been built in 1920. I'm nearly that old. Our house was built in 1124.
I don't have a tv, we prefer whale watching as a family. But horses for courses.

Fillyjonk75 Thu 28-Mar-13 11:52:34

We had a 26" TV which I thought was huge, then DH turned up with a 37". I was a bit miffed at first, but watching sport and movies is very good on a big screen.

I think the "Big TVs are naff" attitude is very noughties though, most people have big plasma screens now, it doesn't mean you do nothing but watch TV. I watch about 3 hours a week, if that.

member Thu 28-Mar-13 11:52:53

We have a 55" - dh is a bit of an AV forums geek so the viewing distance/angles/most true black etc were discussed infinitum before purchase then he paid even more money to get some other geek to calibrate it The picture is excellent I have to concede & it really doesn't take up any more room than our old CRT.

I'd prefer to have a living room where the two sofas face each other at either side of the fireplace but have to accept that any room where you sit & watch tv is going to have the sofas orientated towards the tv, thus the tv is the focal point no matter what its size imo. Given that we don't have the luxury of a tv-less drawing room, I'd rather have a tv that you don't have to strain to see!

Airwalk79 Thu 28-Mar-13 11:53:11

We have a 32. I find the tv on the wall thing really chavy but dh has seen bad accidents at work with toddlers pulling them over.
Baby is not up and going yet, and dd is big enough not to do anything daft, but I'm dreading the day it goes up!
Dh goes in lots of houses for work and says you can get the measure of people by how big their tv is in their council palace!
Not that all council houses are chavy, most I'm sure are normal homes!

haggisaggis Thu 28-Mar-13 11:53:24

You'd hate our house then - we have a 50" tv in the (large) living room, a 46" tv in our bedroom (I do think that's a bit too big actually - but it was dh's birthday present) and.....a projector with full wall size screen in our cinema room. (For cinema room please read "smallish spare room" - excuse is it came with the house and would cause more hassle to remove it - and we do now enjoy movie nights with popcorn!)

thezebrawearspurple Thu 28-Mar-13 11:55:06

I love our 50 inch, it's great for watching movies, we have loads of space but even for a small room I don't see why anyone would have to block a window since flat screens can be hung on the wall. Would be too much if you had to sit too closely to it though.

cantspel Thu 28-Mar-13 12:01:40

I have a 42inch 3d tv and sit on my brown sofa to watch it.

So shoot me.


orangepudding Thu 28-Mar-13 12:04:03

I have a 40 inch TV. Took a bit of getting used to after our 32 inch. Now I think it's great. Blu-rays look amazing. It's 3D too which is probably considered tacky too!

uggmum Thu 28-Mar-13 12:07:16

I have 2 lounges.

One has a 37inch tv. It's sufficient for the space.

My other lounge is purely for tv/movie usage and I have a 55inch tv on the wall with a lovely 4 seated sofa in front of it. It's a nice cosy room. The picture is amazing.

TomArchersSausage Thu 28-Mar-13 12:07:26

Ooh I have a brown sofa too cantspel. Are they not allowed either?grin Oh well who cares eh?!

cantspel Thu 28-Mar-13 12:11:11

I love my brown sofa and dont care how naff some pixels on my laptop think they are.

If mn was a true reflection of society then we would all be sitting on laura ashley natual fabric sofas whilst squinting at a 10 inch screen with no heating on whilst knitting our pfb a new school uniform.

MrsKoala Thu 28-Mar-13 12:23:57

I must say i'm not keen on big tellys, or tellys on the wall or in bedrooms or brown sofas . I thought our tv was massive then i went to some of the NCT groups houses and most of them have enormous wall mounted monstrosities in more than one room.

Tbf tho we don't watch the tv much. only for dvd series we buy. (about 2 episodes a week) And if i watch a programme on iplayer or something (usually some kind of history, art or politics programme which no one else wants to watch blush - because i'm very boring) then i don't even maximise the little screen. So i admit i am a telly freak. i am long sighted (i think that's the term) so i think that affects it.

DH doesn't 'get' telly either and finds adverts really confusing, so he doesn't like it...oh yes...and our house is fucking tiny. grin

CandyCrushed Thu 28-Mar-13 13:02:11

We have a smart 3D 48inch Samsung. The picture quality is bloody amazing. It really is incredible. Last year it was Which's top rated TV. It has a very small aluminium edge.

Our room is not that big and it has low ceilings, the TV looks too big but I don't care. It is just sooooo nice to watch. My DH loves sport and the TV makes him happy.

The rest of the house is tasteful. Honest.

KittenOfDoom Thu 28-Mar-13 13:05:48

I used to be sniffy about big TVs but my eyesight is pretty poor now, so I struggle to see anything on my little tastefully sized TV sad

foofooyeah Thu 28-Mar-13 13:10:13

Kitten - just what I was going to say! When our last big TV broke and we had a small temp one I couldnt see the channels on the listing and it was a struggle to view. Big TVs are great for old short sighted folk!

Springsister Thu 28-Mar-13 13:14:05

We have recently gone from a 24" to a 37". Love my new big tv soooooo much. It is in a v large open plan room though. Dh has been moaning about our wee tv for years and loved visiting family as they all had giant ones.... And now I find out the whole world regards us as naff.


Springsister Thu 28-Mar-13 13:15:10

The numbers are guesses btw. Never paid much attention when dh was droning on and on about them.....

Kendodd Thu 28-Mar-13 13:21:43

I have never in my life been into a telly shop and bought a telly. The first one we had for inherited from DH's nan when she died. When it finally broke we worked out it was 37 years old. Then we had one from ebay that cost £5 and lasted a few years. Now we have another dead man's telly, it was £10. All were about 27in, we've never had a flat screen and they have always been the only telly in the house.

So {bows} can I now be elected least naff person on MN?

Lovecat Thu 28-Mar-13 13:28:36

We've got a new one before Christmas and it's 40" with no 'frame' so is about the same size as our old 37" - which IMHO was big enough for our narrow living room.

DH was all for a 50" megabastard but thankfully we visited the ILs first and they have such a ridiculously huge telly in a room of similar size; BIL was standing next to it while talking and Dr Who was on - Matt Smith's head was level with his and it was twice the size - it put DH off, thank the Lord...

mmmerangue Thu 28-Mar-13 13:47:33

We have a fucking ridiculous 48 or something inch TV. DPs money, DP watches it, pays for the Sky etc. Could not live with out it. We do have a big living room but the sofa is as close as in anyone elses' to the TV.

I watch CBeebies before nap time and about one other hour of telly a week. DS (age 2) does like to play with the buttons and can probably work more of the functions than me. I would happily have no TV and stream shows online, on my 17" monitor (why didn't you buy a 22" or 24"? bemused brother asked. Because that too would be fucking ridiculous!)

My parents only upgraded from 18" CRT that was 10 years old, last year, to a 28" screen. That would seem reasonable to me.

MrsKoala Thu 28-Mar-13 13:56:19

As an aside about the house age, we went to Canada last year and stayed in a hotel built the same year as our house (1890's). Everyone spent the whole time going on about how 'old' it was and were taking detours to take photos of it confused . When we told them our house in the uk was built in the same year we were looked at with a mixture of awe, incredulity and absolute pity. grin

Thingymajigs Thu 28-Mar-13 13:57:38

I'm not sure of the size of the TV DP bought with him when he moved in but its big enough to cause looks of disbelief from my family members. At first I got a little dizzy when I watched it but now it seems perfectly normal. Luckily its upstairs in our room so most people just see our normal sized TV in the living room. It is huge but we love cosying up and watching films so its ideal for us. I'm definitely converted but I'd be embarrassed having it somewhere where everyone could see it because I'm quite conscious of the stigma.

Thingymajigs Thu 28-Mar-13 14:03:45

*brought! I've just explained the spelling difference to ds2 so I have no idea how I got those mixed up. blush

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Thu 28-Mar-13 14:08:58

YABU. I love my 42" 3D telly more than my husband.

Skullnbones Thu 28-Mar-13 14:10:22

I think the word "naff" is naff wink

persimmon Thu 28-Mar-13 14:11:14

The snobbish part of me (sadly, rather a large part) always thinks "They do nothing but watch telly!" when I see a gargantu-TV. Especially in an average sized room.

LemonBreeland Thu 28-Mar-13 14:12:19

I was just discussing this with DH the other day. We are still rocking an ancient big bulky tv. We are looking to replace it soon and I said to DH that I don't want anything bigger than 32" for our living room. Fortunately he agreed, much as he would like a large tv, he knows that size will look best in our room.

Khaleese Thu 28-Mar-13 14:12:41

We have a 60" or something stupid like that....disclaimer the room is huge, we sit about 17 foot away from it.

It doesn't look big as it's on a big wall. My parents on the other hand have a 50 " in a small room, it dominates horribly.

Each to their own though, you should be less judgy, a film on a big screen is great.

itsallyourownfault Thu 28-Mar-13 14:14:05

Depends how big the house and room are. Some rooms can take over 50 inches without it looking naff. It is worrying seeing tiny council houses where the parents can't afford food for their kids but have a 60 inch tv though. That should be outlawed.

RubixCube Thu 28-Mar-13 14:15:37

I love my 47 inch tv.It looks fine not tacky atall

racingheart Thu 28-Mar-13 14:16:07

We have a 50" screen, given to us by a very generous relative. It makes me cringe (snob) and is too big for the space it's in. I hate it everytime I walk into the room...until it's on. Films look fantastic on it - and we tend to watch more films than tv. The DC often have film nights with friends all lolling round in the dark eating pizza, so it gets used like a mini cinema more often than a tv.

countrykitten Thu 28-Mar-13 14:16:48

Having more than one tv is ott imo. Why on earth would you want a tv in your bedroom? I don't understand it at all.

RubixCube Thu 28-Mar-13 14:18:56

I've got a tv in my bedroom.My dp can't sleep without one on and i can't sleep with one on.So bloody annoying

Why is it OTT to have more than one tv? There are five people in our home - we don't always want to watch the same things at the same time. And if I'm doing something (quiet) in the sitting room I don't like the tv on at all - particularly if it's anything sports-related grin

Kitten and foofoo glasses are quite useful for that as well grin
But I think I like your bigger telly solution better.

countrykitten Thu 28-Mar-13 14:29:58

Has your OP tried the radio instead rubix? I fall asleep to the radio every night and find it soothing.

badtaste I think that if more then one room is invaded by the idiot lantern then it says that you and your family value it a great deal more that I do. I find the thing sucks life out of a room so we have only one. I just don't get it myself and don't really watch tv - life is too damn short imo.

ginslinger Thu 28-Mar-13 14:30:44

Anything more than a wind-up gramophone is unnecessary and wasteful.

cantspel Thu 28-Mar-13 14:31:53

5 people in our house and 6 tv's but we dont have one in our bedroom.

countrykitten Thu 28-Mar-13 14:32:07

So in answer to the Op, my opinion would be that all tvs are 'naff' and don't get me started on those hideous satellite things that people put up even on lovely old houses. Gross.

caughtinagiggleloop Thu 28-Mar-13 14:33:59

We have a modest flat screen on an old TV stand as we only have a small room but DH keeps threatening to buy a huge one that fixes to the wall. I've managed to reason with him for the time being but that's what he says he wants when we can afford to move to a bigger house.

I wouldn't mind but he's always moaning that I watch too much crap TV (I don't by the way - it doesn't get turned on most days until tea time unless there's a decent afternoon film on) and he says he'd be happy if we never watched any TV at all. The reason he wants such a big one is so that he gets a better picture when he's playing his X-box games (boys and their toys, eh?).

We only have the one TV in the house but I do have a laptop and can watch TV on that if I want to watch in bed. The screen on that is on 15 inches and I can see the picture fine so I don't really think we need to get a huge one.

I miss our old crt TV we inherited from my mum and dad when I moved out. It died finally after about 17 years of service a few years back. It was a reasonable size and the buttons did what you wanted them to do as soon as you pressed them instead of waiting for 30 seconds before anything happens. Stupid new fangled technology.

OMG you have out-judged me countrykitten grin

KittenOfDoom Thu 28-Mar-13 14:38:39

TBH I can't stand watching TV any more. Too many advert breaks with far more ads than there ever used to be. Even BBC programmes are made for export and designed around breaks, so you get endless recapping and repetition.

EldritchCleavage Thu 28-Mar-13 14:39:15

I don't have a tv, we prefer whale watching as a family

idiot lantern

I am enjoying this thread.

kitten that's why we usually record most things we want to watch then you can FF through all the tat.

I think ours is 35" - the reviews we looked at when buying it were slightly worrying.

"Perfect size for your toddler's bedroom!!".

Who the feck has a 35" telly in their 3 year old's bedroom????

countrykitten Thu 28-Mar-13 14:41:34

No - not meaning to be judgey but realise that it sounds that way looking back. I was brought up without tvs (not poverty,parental choice) and have never really got used to sitting there being 'entertained' by it iyswim? I always feel that I should be doing something more interesting I suppose and genuinely don't understand what people see in the whole experience - it's so passive. I try and watch it a few times a week to keep my hand in!

But do I get judgey about those ugly dish things...yup I do. blush

And btw has anyone noticed how many references there are on here to the DH's wanting/buying huge tvs?

Maybe a huge tv is the new equivalent to the sports car for compensating for teeny winkies wink

Floggingmolly Thu 28-Mar-13 14:42:25

Was it John Lewis in Oxford Street, op? Did you see the 87 inch one? It's fabulous
You'd have to live in a barn.

countrykitten Thu 28-Mar-13 14:43:14

Yes fellow kitten it seems like progs are made for people with rather short attention spans.

complexnumber Thu 28-Mar-13 14:43:30

We have a 60inch (ducks and runs). It's hanging on a big wall in a big room so it looks fine. It's our only telly.

Crickey! That's huge!

I have no idea on the size of our telly, but I am guessing it is 37" as it fits well into a fairly small room.

However, my gripe is WHY AREN'T WE USING METRIC?

(Yes, I was shouting, shouting due to despair at the apparent reluctance of the UK to embrace the metric system... apart from pints in pubs... and possibly mph on speed limits... NO! lets get metric.)

countrykitten Thu 28-Mar-13 14:43:57

grin at teeny winkies!

35" for a toddler's bedroom? shock

What website was that review on horse? Am imagining Argos for some reason smile

Or maybe it was a MNer taking the piss grin

juanca Thu 28-Mar-13 14:48:57

Yep, totally naff. I really hate seeing a living space dominated by a huge TV, with all the chairs facing it.

We have a projector that we use for both tv shows and films, run from our laptop and it sits unobtrusively on a shelf.

Maggie111 Thu 28-Mar-13 14:50:05

Yabu - I love my TV and would have got a bigger one if DH allowed me. Ours is 42".

Considering a lot of what we do in our lounge, is look at it - why should I have a smaller one? So I can see more of the wall???

Ooh I like that idea juanca. Sounds a bit too technical for me though...

GreenLeafTea Thu 28-Mar-13 14:52:44

I know someone who has a TV in their bathroom so they can watch TV in the bath. Don't worry it is a special waterproof one for bathrooms.

I think ours is 37 so I am safe!

mmmerangue Thu 28-Mar-13 14:52:47

badtaste - RE 'Teeny Winkies' - DH is average to above average in that dept. But it may be compensation for not being allowed/ able to afford a stupidly fast car ;)

JustinBsMum Thu 28-Mar-13 14:53:32

I always feel that I should be doing something more interesting

kitten yes, you should be mnetting on your laptop at the same time like everyone else!

we have a 19" flat screen .....i have just measured it.

My lounge is quite large but its fine....i dont like big TVs.

The TV is not the focal point tbh. I cant see big TVs, i get motion sickness having to move my eyes (and my head)!

I can't remember what may have been the Curry's one. Do people really have tellies in their toddler's bedrooms?

Another review said "great for your caravan!". It's a nice size, 35" - big enough for what we need, and doesn't dominate the room.

do i win the smallest lounge TV prize?

complexnumber Thu 28-Mar-13 14:56:59

OK, ignore metric, you foooools!

fieldfare Thu 28-Mar-13 15:02:13

I think ours is 50". When we first got it it seemed huge and I was a bit hmm about it - dh chose it. Now though I'm very glad as it's great when playing play station. grin

juanca Thu 28-Mar-13 15:17:45

Badtaste - it's really not! You just plug the projector into the side of the laptop and play a film or stream a show on your laptop like you usually would. I'm a technical dullard and even I find it simple.

spiderlight Thu 28-Mar-13 15:26:16

We have a 32". It's the biggest I would countenance having in the house and it's still too big for my liking. I had a teeny tiny portable for years and it was fine by me! I hate the big gigantic ones. My inlaws have one and it makes me feel sick.

pot39 Thu 28-Mar-13 15:26:21

We've got a 28 inch in our bedroom and a 32 inch in the sitting room. The latter looked huge when we bought it but now is the smallest main telly of everyone we know.
DS's (13 and 17) moan about it being tiny but then they watch it 3 X as much as their main slave (me) or assistant slave (dh). Interestingly they are quite happy to get into our bed and watch Top Gear on the even tinier telly whilst we watch Call the Midwife on the bigger one.

purples Thu 28-Mar-13 15:30:28

Wish I had an enormous house, then I might get that enormous TV!
But until hat day, I'm perfectly happy with my 37"
Years ago I just had a small portable black and white tv, which made everyone laugh!!

purples Thu 28-Mar-13 15:31:14

bit of a typo....for hat, read that.

Wafflenose Thu 28-Mar-13 15:38:01

We have no TV. My kids aged 7 and 4 have never watched TV confused but they watch DVDs on a computer screen!

countrykitten Thu 28-Mar-13 15:39:01

Our sitting room is large and our tv is 20" I think - maybe 22". I think it's too big but at least it does not dominate the room. Our last one was a portable which eventually blew up.

countrykitten Thu 28-Mar-13 15:39:47

Wafflenose you have my utmost respect! You have done your dcs a great favour.

Wafflenose Thu 28-Mar-13 15:42:18

When I left home in 1995, I couldn't afford a TV and didn't want one. When I got married 4 years later, DH wanted a huge one we couldn't afford, then I reminded him about the license fee on top! We couldn't agree, and ended up not getting one... 18 years later, I watch the odd documentary on catchup, and the rest of the family is happy to go without. Doesn't stop the girls getting all materialistic though... we just went shopping, and all I heard was, "I want... I want... I wish I could have..." aargh!

glitch Thu 28-Mar-13 15:43:59

My STBXH bought a hideous 50" thing. I hate it, I have always hated it but would he take it with him when he left? Oh no, he decided to get himself a new smaller one and leave me with the hideous thing. (and so anyone coming to the house thinks it is my choice to have it )
As soon as I have the spare money I am buying a nice small one and this is going on freecycle.

Kaekae Thu 28-Mar-13 15:47:05

I don't really care what others have. I have never gone in someone's house and thought about the size of their TV! I do however like a decent sized TV as it makes the viewing all the more better. I have a large through lounge though so a small TV would be no good for viewing!

Fluffy1234 Thu 28-Mar-13 15:49:24

We have a 50 inch T.V and love it. Love watching HD films and nature programmes on it. Im not really into gadgets but love my T.V and really love, love, love sky plus. My MIL always comments on the size of it so it's probably a Daily Mail thing. I'd never have a T.V in the bedroom.

mmmerangue Thu 28-Mar-13 15:49:26

Ah yes, I was brought up with only Videos (no disney!). We did watch TV at the childminders. Waffle are you sure your kids have never watched TV? At a friends? Even at school? I know we watched Mr Moon etc. in P1/2.

When I was 12 DParents caved and got Sky - full package - all the extras - My brother and I watched TV for 3 years straight.

But not having it when very young probably contributed to my not being too fussy about it these days... DP had one in his room from 5 till living with me and honestly I think he would have withdrawals if it broke/Sky went bust/whatever.

thebody Thu 28-Mar-13 15:50:52

My sister boasts she has no TV, she hides it in her bedroom and secretly watches it.

Couldn't give a toss really op whether a TV is big or small or none at all.

Personal choice but doesn't make you a more worthy human being if a better parent really does it either way.

Wafflenose Thu 28-Mar-13 15:53:03

I suppose it's possible, mmmerangue. I'm not bothered, as we've never put a ban on it. They just can't watch it at home!

NinaNannar Thu 28-Mar-13 16:32:09

lol at "never watched tv" wtf is the difference between that and a DVD


Faxthatpam Thu 28-Mar-13 16:34:14

My DB had a kitchen extension done and got a giant pull down screen with a projector... it's about 2m wide and makes watching the news really quite upsetting. I suppose it's good it's not down all the time but IMO it really is just not necessary. My DCs love it though [hmmm].

amothersplaceisinthewrong Thu 28-Mar-13 16:56:53

have a 50" TV, but our sitting roon is about 35 feel by 20, so it fits in OK.

WhatKindofFool Thu 28-Mar-13 17:00:08

I have a 52" in my media room. I thought I was being quite restrained actually.

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Chockyeggpants Thu 28-Mar-13 17:02:49

Big TVs are for the goat owning Chavs.
The bigger the tv the smaller the brain.

You know what I find naff? Competitive lentil weaving.
Some fine examples on this thread.

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nannynick Thu 28-Mar-13 17:10:15

At one point in my tiny flat I had a projector, so a screen size of say 84" wide by 60" high, so I think that's about 103" in terms of screen measurement.
Bit of an overkill but it was my home cinema grin
I went from that to a 14"... and now have 32", which is probably as big as is sensible given the room size, it sits nicely in the corner.

It's personal choice really isn't it and over time your choice may change, either down size or up.

Now if only there was something to watch... I've not yet caught up with Lightfields, so I'll watch that... iPad to stream it to the TV via AppleTV as the TV does not have ITVplayer, though it does have iPlayer. Technology is still a bit of a mishmash when it comes to connected/Smart TVs. Anyone else have a collection of boxes and cables under their TV?

FasterStronger Thu 28-Mar-13 17:11:16

at the moment we have a small old tv in a large lounge but the building plan is to have a drawing room, with the small old tv, and a snug will have a shamefully sized screen with surround sound etc. and comfy sofas. makes better use of space than a home cinema IMO.

so gogglebox and tv free room.....

BarredfromhavingStella Thu 28-Mar-13 17:14:11

We have a 50" & I love it, doesn't look massive in the lounge so the room is clearly big enough for the TV...

juanca Thu 28-Mar-13 17:14:12

'lol at "never watched tv" wtf is the difference between that and a DVD'

the difference is (in our house anyway) that you don't end up watching hours and hours of shite and only watch what you really want to watch. Maybe this doesn't happen to others but when I had a TV I ended up turning it on just because I was bored and ended up watching TV movies entitled 'My stepbrother, my lover' and reality shows called 'when animals attack' and eventually I decided it had to stop! Have cut down viewing by at least half, I think.

mmmerangue Thu 28-Mar-13 17:14:59

Nina, for my parents the concern was advertising. Guess what I studied at Uni?

nannynick Thu 28-Mar-13 17:18:27

juanca - I rarely watch live tv, it's mostly all catch-up so get to watch what I want to watch rather than just leaving it on watching endless things. So I half agree, though it's not the TV's fault, it's how someone chooses to use it.

cantspel Thu 28-Mar-13 17:19:09

juanca if you dont want to watch crap then locate the off button of your tv and use it. Why miss out on the decent tv programs just because you are too weak willed to turn the tv off when a program fininshes.

Or buy a tv that will turn itself off after a certain time. My tv is set to 3 hours so if someone falls asleep infront of it it is not on all night.

juanca Thu 28-Mar-13 17:22:27

'juanca if you dont want to watch crap then locate the off button of your tv and use it''

smile that's like saying 'if you don't want to get fat just eat one chocolate in the box!' if that works for you, then great. But it doesn't work for me.

Chocolatemilkshake Thu 28-Mar-13 17:24:18

YABU. We have a 60" 3D tv and I love it.

fl0b0t Thu 28-Mar-13 17:30:41

I hate tellys as the focal point of the room, but then having said that.... we have borrowed a projector and screen from a friend who is currently travelling.... the screen is about 2m on the diagonal!! We do have a 26ft lounge or something stupid!

Bartlebee Thu 28-Mar-13 17:40:55

Like the OP, I snoop look at houses for my job.

I like a big screen in a basement cinema (of which I see many - affluent area), but a huge TV in a poky semi, where it overpowers the room, looks quite sad to me.

poppydoppy Thu 28-Mar-13 17:42:05

We have various sized TVs ranging from 65 inch to 40 inch, it depends on the size of the room or personal choice.

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TobyLerone Thu 28-Mar-13 17:54:56


We've just upgraded from a 32" to a 47" and it's ridiculously awesome.

I wish I could say I bought it with my JSA or something, just to be more annoying.

I recently inherited a 50 inch tv (my dad gave me his when he upgraded to a 3D jobby), I don't see why it's naff, it's just a tv in a room confused

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Pan Thu 28-Mar-13 19:25:34

There's a late Victorian house recently sold near me. Gorgeous, with oodles of original features. I walked by the other night - lounge had no curtains, with the light on. Above the Italianate marble fire place, fixed to the wall, was a......massive plasma flat-screen.....thing.

So I barged in, ripped the offending monstrosity off the wall, and ordered the incumbents to fuck off and live in a 'modern mews' somewhere near Basildon. Which they did.

<disclaimer - not all of that scenario is entirely accurate>

nkf Thu 28-Mar-13 19:42:34

I have a very respectable 32 inch. And I long, just long for some enormous affair with all round sound. Just like I'd rather like to travel in a bubble gum pink limo. Just once.

CheshireDing Thu 28-Mar-13 19:42:53

YANBU, very tacky.

We replaced our little portable TV last year as it really was getting a bit comedy, it was a 20" and the living room is 30ft, we don't watch much TV so hadn't bothered about it but then we got some vouchers and decide to buy one.

The thing I don't understand (aside from big TV's in small lounges) is that when you are up close to some of the really big ones you can see all the little squares. Why pay lots of money for what doesn't seem as sharp a picture to me?

Pan Thu 28-Mar-13 19:44:41

dd is demanding a 32" screen. Currently we have an 18" thing, 15 years old, with a big fat bit at the back. I like it, she hates it.

slatternlymother Thu 28-Mar-13 19:45:05

YABU. Watching Jeremy Kyle has never been so good.

<shrieks with laughter>

Our living room is larger than most, but we actually have a smaller TV than most. I think it's 37 inches, but only because it was on special grin

The wall would happily carry a 60 inch TV and not look swamped; but I'm tight and won't replace the current TV until its well and truly broken.

slatternlymother Thu 28-Mar-13 19:45:46

<cackles at pan>

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Pan Thu 28-Mar-13 19:48:43

<learns how to cackle....fails.>

oh come onnnn. Beautiful house. Defiled. Hard labour for 25 years for the fuckers. Or Basildon.grin>

Merguez Thu 28-Mar-13 19:54:22

Obviously there is a relationship between penis size and TV size.

Small penis = big TV.

Pan Thu 28-Mar-13 19:55:16


OBface Thu 28-Mar-13 20:00:33

YANBU - we spent a fair amount on a 28" tv a couple of years - the salesman couldn't understand why we wouldn't want a 40" plus screen for less money!

But each to their own and all that

Zatopek Thu 28-Mar-13 20:33:37

I hate large TVs.

We own one because when we were furnishing our first home, DH bought it off a mate for 20quid. I just wanted to cry when I saw it. It is so ugly and dominates the room. And because it's old it's almost as wide as it is long.
At least you can hang a flat screen on a wall.

Then DH decided we should get another TV for the bedroom after my retro portable bit the dust. Another friend offered his old TV. It was massive and stank. That had to go to landfill in the end- thank goodness.

My DH argues that it's great for sport and I suppose I do watch Wimbledon on it but I grew up with portable black and white TVs (no money for colour) and I just find big TVs obnoxious.

Pan Thu 28-Mar-13 20:35:48

I'm sure some of the really big screens show the people on screen actually bigger than life size. Which is just wrong.

VerySmallSqueak Thu 28-Mar-13 20:41:05

We have recently moved from an ancient 32" set big enough to camp in to a 42" flat screen.
We feel like real proper people now.

countrykitten Thu 28-Mar-13 20:43:33

Zatopek astonished that a tv set can stink! Brilliant!

Above the Italianate marble fire place, fixed to the wall, was a......massive plasma flat-screen.....thing.

DH wanted to do this in our house. I put my foot down. "NotGood, why don't I get a say in what we do with the house." "Because, DH, a flat screen TV on the fireplace wall in an old house is just wrong!" and probably against the law

We have a 37" now. I wasn't convinced we needed something so big - but the first evening I just sat gazing in wonder at some film. Didn't follow the plot at all, I was just amazed by the pretty pictures. smile However, Dragons Den is awful (you can see the pores on all those big faces) and 80's TV is pretty unwatchable quality. Also, now when we visit the inlaws and try to watch a film in letter box on their tiny portable I get the rage!

CandlestickOlder Thu 28-Mar-13 20:51:22


Mine is bigger than that but suits the room. The only bad thing about a big telly is that not every channel is yet available in HD. Non-HD is terrible. And worse on a bigger TV

jellybeans Thu 28-Mar-13 20:52:54

I have a 40 and it is fab! Wouldn't want bigger though.

CandlestickOlder Thu 28-Mar-13 20:53:44

And a TV on the wall is yuck yuck yuck.

Even worse than that are glass and chrome stands.

Zatopek Thu 28-Mar-13 20:56:15

countrykitten "Zatopek astonished that a tv set can stink! Brilliant! "

Well you see I blamed the TV because when it had been on for a while there was a horrible smell in the room afterwards. It seemed to be coming from the hot TV.

Turns out the TV was sitting on a table that is coated in a varnish or something that gives off a slight "eau de groin" odour when sniffed up close. The TV was heating up the table causing the smell to increase and permeate the room.

Still it helped me to convince DH to bin the TV!

Zatopek Thu 28-Mar-13 20:58:55

"And a TV on the wall is yuck yuck yuck"

Agree it's not great but a lot better than ugly stand we picked up on freecycle or a TV with huge depth

ATouchOfStuffing Thu 28-Mar-13 21:00:54

An ex bought me a 35'' when I had previously made it clear I didn't want one bigger than 32'' hmm but I couldn't exactly complain could I? I still feel a bit embarrassed when people come in and my living room isn't that small, so it probably looks in place but seems only marginally smaller than the over mantle mirror, which makes it seem huge!

MissBetseyTrotwood Thu 28-Mar-13 21:21:27

I don't mind them when they're on but when they're off they look really awful. Like a big black hole in the lounge wall.

TobyLerone Thu 28-Mar-13 21:25:04

I really do hate them on the wall, though.

NetworkGuy Thu 28-Mar-13 21:25:36

I have 32" and 40" in the lounge, connected to different sources, and a 42" upstairs (because it has more HDMI inputs, so can cope with the PS3, Toshiba laptop, Freeview HD/iPlayer, and FreeSat HD boxes).

House is two up, two down (plus a bathroom upstairs) and is quite small, but to be frank, it's not as if either TV is obscuring anything like a window (both are flat against one wall, and there are two two-seater sofas arranged in a V facing so I can relax and watch whichever I wish...

FWIW, the 40" (Toshiba) happens to not be as rich in colour as the 32" (Samsung), so I have one of my iMacs plugged into it, with wireless keyboard and mouse, so I can browse on the bigger screen while watching a film on the smaller... and yes, I do have a tablet as well, but viewing the Mac output on a big screen is pretty darn wonderful! (For sound I have a reasonable hi-fi amp and a pair of fair size speakers either side of the 32" TV about 2m from the floor)

blackice Thu 28-Mar-13 21:27:44

large TVs - naff
TV in bedroom - naff


NetworkGuy Thu 28-Mar-13 21:35:44

"apparently when it eventually breaks it will be really hard to get another TV so small."

nonsense - has 19" with / without DVD player for £79 / £99 (which can also be run on 12V so usable in a caravan)... they do offer 16" to 55" inch TVs though, for those who prefer bigger...

dimdommilpot Thu 28-Mar-13 21:44:56

We just got a new TV, it is 55inch. Id spent 3hr in the damn shop i was happy to agree to anything. It does fit perfectly on the tv stand and isnt much bigger than the previous 40inch due to the screen going all the way to the edge and not having the surround case thing. The lounge is fairly big. The kitchen and our bedroom both have 32inch.

VerySmallSqueak Thu 28-Mar-13 22:09:17

Big old bulky tv had to sit on a stand and took up a lot of room.You couldn't miss it.

I love my big shiny new flat screen on the wall - more space now and it fits into a corner where you can't see it unless you come right into the room.

I can stand in the doorway and not even see we've got a tv.

Horsemad Thu 28-Mar-13 22:12:10

I have only just got over my 'D'H buying a 55" at Christmas sad

It was nearly divorce; I hated it and he was adamant it was staying.

There was a 10page thread on here about it grin

determinedma Thu 28-Mar-13 22:29:06

Eek hate huge TVs on the wall. Might as well live in a pub. Refuse one in the bedroom too. I insist on at least one fecking room being idiot-box free.

Pan Thu 28-Mar-13 22:51:33

hi horsemad (SCD threads?)

I am going to have to give in to dd's demands, and have her drag me in to flat screen land, and soon. LG seem the cheapest simplest, and it is def going on a piece of wood furniture..when that sad day arrives...

Horsemad Thu 28-Mar-13 23:38:29

Hiya Pan!

Wish SCD was still on grin Sat night tv is rubbish atm.

Apparently Samsung are the tv people these days confused
Ours is a Sony - it's a smart tv, whatever the hell that means. I can only just manage to switch it on grin

Pan Thu 28-Mar-13 23:46:29

a funny. my sister bought a massive tv. I asked why. She said it was because of her failing eye-sight. I said, "so get some glasses?" B-i-l said " I know. We've been there." Sis didn;t flinch. She wants a big screen rather than glasses!

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Pan Thu 28-Mar-13 23:53:53

depends how big your bag is. She had a BIG bag. And a strong sense of denial.

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minibird69 Thu 28-Mar-13 23:59:53

DH persuaded me against my better judgement to get a 42" Tv which looked a monster in our lounge. I hated it, so I fitted a pop up TV lift (really easy, just 4 big screws in the wall) and now it hides away when we are not watching. Its more entertaining turning the telly on than watching the TV!

MusicalEndorphins Fri 29-Mar-13 00:28:43

I prefer a larger tv screen. I have a smaller tv in the bedroom and it strains my eyes. Unless guests are there specifically to watch something with us, the tv is off when we have people visiting, with music on in the background.
Different strokes for different folks.

midastouch Fri 29-Mar-13 00:58:05

My mum has a 40 inch tv but there room is plenty big enough, it would look rediculous in our house, we have 32inch which i think is fine DP on the other hands wants a bigger one idiot

We have 55" and we are proud. Just over an inch deep and hanging on the wall oht of the way.

And at the end of the bed we have one that appears out of a wooden box. Rather coffin like but very stylish!

RubyGates Fri 29-Mar-13 07:28:22

We have a 24/26"(?) (not sure ) tucked away in the corner of the room. Our across-the road neighbours have the same sized living-room but when I'm doing the washing up (and looking out of the kitchen window) , their TV looks bigger to me than ours does when I'm in the same room as it.

I have to hope they're watching the same channel as us so I can watch theirs and hear ours.

I suspect they might have gone a bit overboard in the Telly shop.

countrykitten Fri 29-Mar-13 09:27:54

SecondhandRose I fear that your idea of 'stylish' is my idea of horribly tacky!

Mrscupcake23 Fri 29-Mar-13 09:33:31

I have never walked into anyone's sitting room and thought what a lovely tv whatever size it is. It's not really furniture and if you love tv why not have a big one. Really don't get the sea sickness thing either.

LadyMaryCrawley Fri 29-Mar-13 09:35:44

The bigger the tv, the smaller the bookcase...

I would happily get rid of our modest 28 inch telly. And am secretly glad that we can't get Sky because of next door's trees even though I pretend to sympathize with DH when he rants about it.

countrykitten Fri 29-Mar-13 09:44:58

LMC you will now get a raft of denials about this and also about how people only watch educational tv etc. I think that you are right though - it does seem to correlate that houses that really value their tvs don't value books as much. When I was an EWO I saw this a great deal on house visits.

Horsemad Fri 29-Mar-13 09:54:19

This is why I was so gobsmacked my DH 'needed' this tv! He is extremely well educated and just isn't the stereotypical crap tv watching person that people imagine, and nor am I!!

He does however love 'tech' so there is the appeal I fear.

kennyp Fri 29-Mar-13 10:02:34

I absolutely MUST get out of bed and measure our tv screen. Its quite big but i can lift it when dusting annually

The ils have a telly the size of some patio bloody doors. Its constantly on and no ine watches it and i hate those sky remotes anyway such neuroses explains why i havent been to ils house in 11 mo ths

Loulybelle Fri 29-Mar-13 10:06:17

My friends Neighbour has 70" beast, you can see it through the window from her window, the houses are so not big enough for a telly that size.

I cant remember what comedian said it, but he said if you have a telly too big for your lounge, your working class.

ParadiseChick Fri 29-Mar-13 10:49:06

Oh here comes the snobbery!

My bookcase is now pretty minimal, thanks to my kindle, I was able to free up lots of room in my tiny house! I've only kept some reference and travel books and a few books I love.

ParadiseChick Fri 29-Mar-13 10:49:46

Sorry, meant to say, I'm a librarian grin

countrykitten Fri 29-Mar-13 10:50:38

Ah but do you have a big tv....? grin

ps - books are better then tv. Full stop. Amen.

VerySmallSqueak Fri 29-Mar-13 11:21:13

I have groaning bookshelves to go with my big tv.

I have to be honest-I don't actually watch that much tv and several nights a week it doesn't even go on when the kids are in bed.
But the kids do watch it,and on the rare occasion we do all sit down and watch a film it is quite nice.

For me a bigger screen was because we have quite a long front room/dining room so it seemed to make sense to get a bigger one if we were getting a new one.
The reason I caved in was that I really noticed the difference in picture quality when comparing others new tv's to our old secondhand one.

Angelico Fri 29-Mar-13 11:58:35

Tvs need to fit the room. We have a 32 inch TV which was perfect in old house but too small in new house as the room is big. I refused to wall mount it as just don't like them. Also detest TVs in bedrooms full stop.

Rubena Fri 29-Mar-13 11:58:52

We have a 50 inch, but the all of downstairs is one big open plan room. We want a 60 inch grin It's not our only TV either. We have a 32 inch in the bedroom.

Thank you 'country kitten' I shall take that as a compliment.

countrykitten Fri 29-Mar-13 12:12:36

Please do so! I am sure that you would find many things probably virtually everything about my house not to your taste!

charlearose Fri 29-Mar-13 13:05:50

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zlist Fri 29-Mar-13 13:06:39

I have no doubt we are judged by some who come to our home but DH just loves his TVs. We have:
42in in the sitting room that DH has informed me he is upgrading to a 46 in
46in (on wall) in a very long kitchen/dining/family room
32in (on wall) in the garden room
23in in my study
23in in master bedroom
19in in guest bedroom
32in (on wall) in DH's office
NO TVs (or computers) in children's rooms - it is the one place I have managed to retain some power over.
I have massively reduced the number of books and bookcases (apart from children's rooms) in the house too due to the internet & kindle.
It may be naff, naff, naff but I don't really care. I wouldn't have chosen this myself but I can live with it - they are clearly more important for DH to have than me not to have.

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countrykitten Fri 29-Mar-13 13:15:28

Good God zlist that sounds like my idea of hell. Why oh why would anyone need all those tvs? I would judge - it may be wrong but I wouldn't be able to help myself!

CourgetteSmuggler Fri 29-Mar-13 14:21:54

We have a 50". Why would you want a TV where you have to strain to see writing on the screen? In my opinion I think it looks really cheap when you see a tiny telly in a normal sized lounge.

coorong Fri 29-Mar-13 14:24:33


don't you all know the inverse relationship between television size and where you are on the social ladder ......

and between number of televisions / screens and number of books....

JaponicaTroggs Fri 29-Mar-13 14:33:26

What a vile and snobby thread. Some things I like about Mumsnet, this sort of thread I loathe. You seriously judge someone on their tv size? You think it makes you a better person because you have an older/smaller piece of technology?
Making ridiculous assumptions about level of education or class based on television size marks you as a grade A judgy cunt of the highest order imo. I'm so glad I don't mix with people like that in my real life. Seriously, some on here need to take a good look at themselves. Ugh. angry

HesterShaw Fri 29-Mar-13 15:40:43

Ours is 22 inches.

Everyone else is naff grin

Arisbottle Fri 29-Mar-13 15:45:40

We have a huge TV, our little brains need something to compensate.

A mumsnet fail is usually a life success IMO, once again am pleased to have failed to meet the standards of the MN snobs,

Arisbottle Fri 29-Mar-13 15:48:54

The bigger the tv, the smaller the bookcase...

Just sneers, judgy typical MN bollocks. We have a huge TV, have 3 TVs overall and yet have a house full of books. This will come as a shock to the MN snoberatti but we can actually read all those books to.

In the age of the kindle you really cannot tell how much someone reads by their bookshelves.

Arisbottle Fri 29-Mar-13 15:51:19

Add message | Report | Message poster countrykitten Fri 29-Mar-13 09:44:58
LMC you will now get a raft of denials about this and also about how people only watch educational tv etc. I think that you are right though - it does seem to correlate that houses that really value their tvs don't value books as much. When I was an EWO I saw this a great deal on house visits.

Again judgy bollocks. We love a bit of TV, we also love the radio and to read. Humans have been created with the ability to enjoy more than one thing. Unless, despite my huge TV , I am simply more evolved than the MN snoberatti.

Changebagsandgladrags Fri 29-Mar-13 15:57:45

We have a 42 inch. It's on a table next to the twigs and pebbly shit. We have a brown leather sofa. We take the kids to soft play and sometimes they have chicken nuggets for dinner.

Arisbottle Fri 29-Mar-13 15:59:52

We also have brown leather sofas , I hate twiggy stuff but am tempted to buy one because every time I look at them it will remind me of the MN snoberatti.

theodorakisses Fri 29-Mar-13 16:11:16

I have an Escalade, a big tv and a big house (but not in the UK) I also have a pick up to walk the dogs and a housemaid and a gardener. If I lived in the UK I would not only not be able to afford it but would also look a bit silly. Not sure if it is fair to say it is naff but there is a context.

Iaintdunnuffink Fri 29-Mar-13 16:22:47

How exciting, I'm a couple of inches over the naff threshold. We also only have books in a couple of cubby holes downstairs, as thats all the adult books we own. I really should leave my e-reader out on display at the bookshelf page to show off my reading tastes to guests.

We don't have any CDs in the house, or DVDs so I can't even astound visitors with my superior music taste. I must admit to showing people my media NAS because it's so cute, it's tiny and a thing of beauty. I've been known to bore people about the disk size and RAID. All I need is a little screen on the side that pulls up random album titles to impress. Knowing my luck it would pull up Jedward over Samuel Barber.

Iaintdunnuffink Fri 29-Mar-13 16:24:42

I should start leaving the Rado app up on the tv when we know guests will turn up, radio 4 of course.

theodorakisses Fri 29-Mar-13 16:25:43

Radio 4 should have a health warning, if I can't hear it I panic

piprabbit Fri 29-Mar-13 16:28:16

If I'm making a cup of tea, the first thing I do is switch on R4.

Iaintdunnuffink Fri 29-Mar-13 16:33:03

My 8 year told me that Radio 4 made even a 5 minute car journey feel like we'd been driving for hours, then did a rather good impression of an old man droning on and on and on. He needs educating.

monkeytrunks Fri 29-Mar-13 16:40:15

We're in the Fatback Band - silver Samsung that refuses to die. I kind of wish it would. Since we got a skinny wee telly in the kitchen we rarely sit on the settee /sofa in the lounge/sitting room/living room (delete according to class preference)

zlist Fri 29-Mar-13 16:58:40

He doesn't need them countrykitten. He doesn't need 15 guitars either; I manage with just the one piano wink. I don't mind people judging - it is excessive and I have indulged in plenty of piss-taking myself over the years.

ParadiseChick Fri 29-Mar-13 17:15:26

As I mentioned before I got rid of a lot of books, along with a lot of cd's and DVDs. I have stuff lying about!

Doesn'tmean that no one reads or listens to music.

In fact I just finished the new Jodi picoult whilst listening to some simply lovely classical rock music.


ParadiseChick Fri 29-Mar-13 17:15:58

I'm pure class, obviously.

ParadiseChick Fri 29-Mar-13 17:17:43

It's like that twats that bang on about their dc not getting a tablet/console/ds etc because they like to play OUTSIDE in the MUD.

It's as if the two are mutually exclusive of one another.

Oldandcobwebby Fri 29-Mar-13 17:25:58

We have a 60in plasma in our (very big) living room, and a 50in 3D set in the bedroom. We really don't care if people think they are naff - my wife and I would have bigger ones if space and cash allowed!

I also really don't care about what people may conclude about the size of my penis.

Oldandcobwebby Fri 29-Mar-13 17:27:50

Oh, and my wife used to be a librarian. We don't exactly lack for books, either!

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Fri 29-Mar-13 18:02:17

Jeeze - this is Mumsnet at it's fucking worst.

I think there are few things in life more properly naff than making stupid and ill-informed judgments about people based on your own prejudices and mainly to fluff up your own misplaced feelings of superiority.

This family's tv size is certainly not in inverse proportion to their number of books - and our TV is huge. Not that we watch it much, but when we do, we very much enjoy the films/documentaries we see.

This week, I'm going to dip my toe into the murky waters of reality TV for the first time since I saw the 'Castaway' programmes that launched Ben Fogle - I'm going to watch 'The Great British Sewing Bee'.

And there are well over a thousand books in my house - my kids are all avid readers.

Merguez Fri 29-Mar-13 18:19:32

Why do the big-TV brigade feel they need to justify it by then saying how many books they own and they only use them to watch David Attenborough etc...

Each to his own and all.

Arisbottle Fri 29-Mar-13 18:29:33

If have to admit I hesitated about posting as I do not want to justify. Of course I could have a wall full of books and not read them. Also I sure there must be a mumsnet thread somewhere judging you by how many books you read. I am quite sure I would fail that one too.

As I said earlier I "fail" by every mumsnet standard going and yet in the real world surrounded by people who do not have to endlessly put others down I am happy .

Arisbottle Fri 29-Mar-13 18:30:41

I also do not just use my TV to watch documentaries . I love trashy tv. I was also judged on another MN thread for my love of reality TV.

cantspel Fri 29-Mar-13 19:13:22

Well tomorrow night i am going to turn my large tav on and watch The Voice.
I dont own a book case but do have a kindle full of trashy amazon freebies. The only radio i listen to is southern fm whilst driving. i dont even have a radio in the house let alone one tuned in to radio 4.

i am clearly the some sort a lesser being to the oh so superior mn jury.

Rubena Fri 29-Mar-13 19:14:28

this is the way forward...... Cannot wait grin

cantspel Fri 29-Mar-13 19:16:08

Rubena that is a thing of beauty

I have a 30 incher in my bedroom wink

Arisbottle Fri 29-Mar-13 19:19:06

I have a TV in my bathroom, I often watch the soaps on it while lying in the bath .

Rubena Fri 29-Mar-13 19:19:42

Thank-you cantspel. I will be watching any and all reality tv on that little number when it finally gets installed grin

cantspel Fri 29-Mar-13 19:31:02

I would love it in my bathroom. A glass of something long and cool, a hot bubble bath, my packet of ciggies and some trashy tv sounds like heaven.

Mrscupcake23 Fri 29-Mar-13 19:55:22

Rubens I would love that but would the mumsnet snobs look down on that?

Why is reading books any different from watching tv?

chris481 Fri 29-Mar-13 20:30:44

The OP thinks a 37" TV is big. I've just looked it up on one of the many sites that give the correct size for a given viewing distance, and for HD programs a 37" screen is appropriate if your eyeballs are five feet from the screen surface.

As I said earlier, I really doubt anyone sits closer than eight feet from the TV, so all those with screens smaller the 50" have a set that's too small. Of course that's assuming they care about getting optimum picture quality, it sounds like most here have other priorities.

We looked at those sites too - recommended 40" for us. But, that would have been far too big for the room. Got a 37, though 32 would have been fine I think.

Unless all you do in your living room is watch telly, yes people do have other things to consider.

countrykitten Fri 29-Mar-13 21:04:18

Oh come on everyone play nicely! I for one have taken this thread with a pinch of salt and have had a giggle both reading posts and posting myself.

In reality - who actually cares? But that would be a very boring thread


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HesterShaw Fri 29-Mar-13 23:15:40

People with big TVs - this is a genuine, non-arsey, non-judgey question: do you think it makes you enjoy programmes more?

I understand for certain types of films and maybe nature documentaries, it will be good.

What about for things like Mastermind and Eastenders? Normal viewing?

MrsKoala Fri 29-Mar-13 23:20:57

oh god i love tv (judge judy is my fave prog). as i said earlier the fact we have a small one is because we have a tiny house and my eyesight means i'd have to sit in the garden if it were any bigger. Also we do genuinely rarely have it on because DH is like an alien when it comes to the telly. If it is on he cannot look anywhere else, he cannot function. he literally stands in the middle of the room staring at it and asking me, 'who's that?' 'why is he doing that?' etc. it is like pulling my hair out one strand at a time.

(i remember telling some 'friends' i loved the tv and they openly sneered saying whay not listen to the radio instead - as if one medium was superior to the other. it's all entertainment fgs)

We have been judged/teased by our friends for having a small tv. it is certainly not seen as a MC status symbol here! but each to their own. Our friends also all have brown sofas grin and we get teased for our too colourful house - people ask for shades when they arrive - but we like it smile

We mainly listen to Jazz or Classical music because despite being in our 30's we just don't get todays music - i think i was born 100 years old.

Oh, and we have bookcases in each room...and 'original' art on the walls - no prints here wink

Does that make me one of the Snoberatti? i don't see how having the things i like, and then saying i have them, on a discussion about them, is putting others down tho? Or should i lie?

I do feel as tho i am opting out of society and not keeping up with the zeitgeist, but i just don't seem to 'get' much out of current cultural trends. I don't judge others that do. but it bewilders me (i cannot fathom facebook or twitter either, despite being frequently shown them). So sometimes it's just nice to share that with others who may be like me, instead of feeling like a social leper.

(Chris481 - we do sit about 4/5ft from the telly - so our screen seems just the right size for the optimum televisualisation experience)

cantspel Fri 29-Mar-13 23:49:08

HesterShaw dont watch Mastermind and Eastenders so i cant say but sport which we do watch a lot is 100% better on a large tv

HesterShaw Fri 29-Mar-13 23:52:46

Oh forgot sport. Fair play, rugby would be better on a bigger TV than we have smile

I didn't mean exactly Mastermind and EE. Just, you know....programmes.....<tails off lamely>

CandyCrushed Sat 30-Mar-13 00:09:31

I am watching the Murray/Gasquet game on my crystal clear 48 inch full HD TV. I don't care if my TV is naff, naff naff because i think it is fab, fab fab grin

GreenEggsAndNichts Sat 30-Mar-13 00:13:48

We have one very large TV in a 5 bed house. I have no idea why people care about the size of TVs. We also have lots of books. Definitely more books than TVs. wink

Films look much better on it than on a smaller TV. I never get to go to the cinema anymore, and this is a decent alternative. Other programmes are hit and miss. I wouldn't get a large TV if all I were watching were Saturday Morning Kitchen. It's fine for stuff like CSI, when I get a chance to watch it (very rarely).

Basically, we bought it for watching films. We don't need a load of TVs in the house so decided on just having one nice one. I don't understand why people pat themselves on the backs for having small TVs? Does that excuse the medium, then? Oh it's alright that we're watching pap, because it's really tiny pap. It's not large ostentatious pap. whew.

NetworkGuy Sat 30-Mar-13 00:34:15

"As soon as I have the spare money I am buying a nice small one and this is going on freecycle."

glitch - don't know what smaller size you would prefer, but far better to flog the horrid big one on Ebay or Gumtree and have cash for not just the TV, but some {shoes or chocolate or <other treat | essential>}

JennyPiccolo Sat 30-Mar-13 00:40:14

We have a 32" telly. Our living room is vast. Nobody needs a bigger telly! I would probably get a projector thoughif I were to replace it.

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.

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