If you are going to buy a new TV or replace the existing one, but you are worried if a 70-inch TV will be a good fit for your room?
Here is my Golden rule for anybody confused about TV sizes:
Always go for a bigger size to get a more immersive experience if your room size and budget allows you. Because #1 remorse of TV buyers is buying a small TV size and it is the biggest reason for buying a new TV.
Now let’s answer your question.
Is a 70-inch TV Too Big?
A 70-inch TV is not too big for your room if you can maintain the required viewing distance of 9.5 feet and vice versa. So, a 70-inch TV is big for standard 11 x 12 feet (bedroom, drawing room, or living room) because you can’t maintain the viewing distance of 9.5 feet which is required. Similarly, a 70-inch TV is too big for apartments of 800 sq. feet or less. So if your master bedroom or family room is around 14 x 16, and you can maintain 9.5 inches from the TV, 70-inch is a great choice for you.
Note: THX recommends a viewing distance of 7 feet for 70-inch 4k TVs. It gives you a more immersive cinema-like experience. While SMPTE recommends 9.5 feet viewing distance for 70-inch TVs. If you are a gamer or you love to sit in front rows in cinema, you can go for 7 feet distance while the rest of you should keep 9.5 feet distance.
So, your room size is the one that matters the most in deciding whether a TV is too big or not. Always measure the room size and then your viewing distance before you go to the market to purchase a TV.
Pro Tip: If you have gone from a smaller size of 55-inch to 70-inch TV, the TV may look too big to you but you will get used to it within a week or two and start loving it.
Let’s look at the essential factors to consider while finalizing a TV size for your room.
Factors that Determine TV Size
Before deciding on TV size, you should know these 3 key factors well.
Viewing distance is the most critical factor to consider when you finalize your room’s TV size. You should know exactly your viewing distance before you are going to buy a TV.
For a 70-inch TV, you must maintain a viewing distance of around 7 feet to 9.5 feet from your couch to the TV screen. The minimum viewing distance of 7 feet is for home cinema usage recommended by THX for a 75-inch 4K TV. The 9.5 feet is the mixed usage viewing Distance recommended by SMPTE.
If you sit closer, you will strain your eyes and neck and eventually feel uncomfortable.
Your Preference also matters when deciding on a TV, as we have discussed the two recommendations about the viewing distance for a 70-inch TV from THX and SMPTE.
Now it’s up to you if you are the one who always prefers to watch the TV as closely as possible. You should maintain a minimum viewing distance of 7 feet for a cinematic experience.
On the other hand, if you always prefer to watch the TV at a reasonable distance to feel like a routine like TV watching, then you must keep a distance of around 9.5 feet; that is a recommendation by SMPTE for a 70-inch TV viewing distance.
As you are particular about the Viewing Distance based on your personal Preference. Let’s look at your room size and layout to ensure it allows you to maintain the required viewing distance for a 70-inch TV.
3-Room Size & Layout
Your room size is the most crucial factor to consider when buying a TV. Always make sure you will mount it on the wall or place it on the stand. If your room is 14 x 16 feet or more, then a 70-inch TV is a good selection.
Look at the layout, the position of your bed, and the couches to ensure that this furniture is not disturbing you while watching TV. If your room has enough space and allows you to maintain the ideal viewing distance for a 70-inch TV that is 7 to 9.5 feet, then go with it.
Is a 70-inch TV too Big for a Bedroom?
Yes, it is too big for a standard 10 x 12 feet bedroom. Most people buy bigger screens for their living rooms but go for small 43-55 inches for bedrooms. I don’t recommend a bigger than 65-inch TV for the bedroom. But if you love an immersive cinema-like experience in the bedroom, have a master bedroom of 14 x 16 or more to maintain the recommended viewing distance of 7 to 9.5 feet. You can go with a 70-inch TV to enjoy the cinematic experience in your bedroom.
Is a 70-inch TV too Big for an Apartment?
Well, it depends upon the size of the apartment. If you have less than 800 sq. feet, then a 70-inch TV will be too big for it as it’s room. If your apartment is as big as 900-1200 sq. feet and has a big enough living room that allows you to maintain the recommended viewing distance, then 70 inches is not a big TV size.
65 VS 70-inch TV Size Comparison
Now, comparing the exact dimension of a 70-inch TV with a 65-inch TV, we conclude that a 70-inch TV is around 5 inches wider and 3 inches taller than a 65-inch TV.
And we look at their viewing distances; 65-inch TV viewing distance is 6.5-9.1 feet. You need to sit around half a foot further away for a 70-inch TV compared to a 65-inches TV.
If you want to know if 65-inch TV is a good size for you, you can read our guide on: is a 65-inch TV too big?
Below is the table where you have 65 vs. 70-inch tv side by side dimensions.
|TV Size||Width||Height||Viewing Distance|
|65-inch TV Viewing Distance||56.7″||31.9″||6.5-9.1 ft|
|70-inch TV Viewing Distance||61″||34.3″||7-9.5 ft|
Hopefully, you have got the answer to your question: is a 70-inch TV too big? It is not too big as such. It is too big only for standard-sized bedrooms or living rooms, where you can’t maintain the required viewing distance of 7 to 9.5 feet. For larger size living or family rooms where you want to enjoy a cinematic experience, a 70-inch TV can be a perfect size.
Can a TV be too big for a room?
A TV can be too big for a room where you can’t maintain the minimum viewing distance. For instance, if we look at a 70-inch TV, if your room is too small to allow you to maintain a viewing distance of at least 7 feet, then it will be too big for your space.
How big is a 70-inch TV Across?
The screen of a 70-inch TV is around 61 inches wide and 34.3 inches in height.
How high should a 70-inch tv be mounted?
A 70-inch TV should be mounted at around 67 inches from the floor to the center of the TV.