This is where to put a TV in a small living room, according to interior designers

Choosing the right place for your TV in your small living area is a key part of styling the room

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If you live in a space that's short on square footage, one of the many questions you might be wondering is where to put your TV in a small living room. It can take up a lot of space, but it is a key part of living area lounging, so it’s important to put it somewhere functional yet stylish.

When I moved into my rental, it took me and my partner forever to figure out where to put our TV. With an awkwardly shaped room, we spent months flipping between different furniture arrangements. We eventually found the perfect spot, but it was a lot of hassle to get there.

If you’re reading this and would much rather get things right first time, I’m here for you. I’ve spoken to experts to find out where you should put your TV, so you can bring your small living room idea to life perfectly.

Everything you need to know about putting a TV in a small living room

Ready to find where to put your TV in your small living room layout? From prime placement to what furniture to use, this is all the important info.

Where to put a TV in a small living room

While there are a few places that you can put your TV in your small living room, there are just two key places. “The best way to incorporate a TV into a small living room is by utilizing your living room wall space and multi-functional furniture,” says Raf Michalowski, interior designer and founder of Meble Furniture

Raf Michaelowski, Interior designer and founder of Meble Furniture
Raf Michalowski

Raf Michalowski is an interior designer. He is also the founder of Meble Furniture, which is one of the largest leading furniture retailers within North America.

One of the most common and efficient ways to place a TV in a small living room is by mounting it on the wall. “If your rental agreement allows it, this saves space and also offers a neat appearance,” explains interior designer and home expert Mohammad Ahmed. “Just ensure that you patch and paint holes when moving out.”

A picture of Mohammad Ahmed in a brown suit
Mohammad Ahmed

Mohammad Ahmed is an interior designer and home expert. He did his bachelors degree in interior design at the University of Minnesota in 2013 and since then has worked as an interior designer in various companies, designing functional and beautiful spaces for clients.

If you are able to do this in your rental, Michalowski says that this is optimal, as it frees up floor space and allows for more seating options. “Just make sure to choose a TV mount that can tilt and swivel, so you can adjust the viewing angle accordingly.” 

For renters that can’t drill into walls or for those that don’t want to do that, you could also opt for a TV stand or console with storage. “This way, you can have a dedicated spot for your TV while also utilizing the storage space for other items. Look for slim and sleek designs that won't take up too much space,” Michalowski tells me.

Wherever you choose to put your TV, it’s also key to make sure that you can view it with ease. “Position the TV at eye level for comfortable viewing and to balance it with the room's layout,” adds Daniella Menachemson, interior designer and CEO of StyleNations.

A picture of Daniella Menachemson in a white t-shirt, jeans, and a hat, sitting in a wicker chair
Daniella Menachemson

Daniella Menachemson is a interior designer, supplier and manufacturer of custom furniture at StyleNations. She specializes in designing, sourcing and manufacturing furniture for hospitality venues.

Other places to put a TV in a small living room

I know how random some rental room shapes can be — but you can actually use these to your advantage. “If you have a small alcove or nook in your living room, consider converting it into a TV viewing area,” says Michalowski. “This can be done by adding floating shelves or creating built-in shelving to house the TV and other media devices.” This not only saves space, but also adds visual interest to the room.

Whether you’re renting or not, you can still get super creative with placement, too. “You can hang a TV above a fireplace, or install it on a pull-out stand that can be hidden when not in use,” adds Michalowski. When doing this, make sure to consider the viewing distance and angle for optimal comfort.

Where not to put a TV in a small living room

When deciding where to put your TV stand, be mindful of lighting in your room. “Try not to place the TV opposite large windows to prevent glare,” Ahmed adds. “If unavoidable, invest in some good quality blinds or curtains.” I definitely recommend this — my TV placement works well at all times of day except 3pm, and my blackout curtains always save me from squinting.  

What to consider when choosing a TV for a small living room

If you haven’t yet bought your TV for your small living room, keep your small space in mind when purchasing one. “Opt for a slim, compact TV to reduce visual bulk,” says Menachemson.

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Now you know where to put your TV in your living room, you can move all your other furniture and decor to match up where it is. Organizing a small living room can be a tricky task, but once it’s all done properly, the result is well worth the effort. 

Eve Smallman
Content Editor

Hi there! I’m a content editor at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses. For Real Homes, I specialize in interior design, trends and finding the best viral buys.