Do You Need a Huge TV?
The television was invented in 1927 — and 92 years later, people are still debating about whether you should have one in your home. Designers, psychologists, etiquette experts and more have long waged war against the small screen, even recently listing it top amidst items that label your home as low-class.
For the average family, “Do you need a TV?” isn’t much of a question. Adults need a brainless way to unwind after a long day at work, and it’s useful to have a TV to stay connected to the news, culture and more. Meanwhile, kids desperately desire television… just because they want it, I guess.
However, the question of “Do you need a big, huge, enormous TV?” is another matter altogether. Read on for some pros and cons — and some tips for styling your room once you inevitably upgrade to a gargantuan screen.
Pros of Going Big at Home
It’s no secret that box office incomes are going down. Even as movies like “Avengers: Endgame” and “Jurassic World” pull in record-breaking numbers of ticket sales, the truth is that most folks would rather avoid the crowds and the bank-breaking concessions stand to enjoy their favorite movies at home. Thanks to the breadth of digital streaming services available, it’s easy to find worthwhile things to watch whenever you want to sit down and relax. If you equip your room with a big-screen TV — perhaps even a cutting-edge QLED TV with the most realistic color yet possible — you have even more reasons to remain comfy in your home while consuming the media of your choice.
In many ways, a larger television set is superior to the silver screen at the movie theater. Especially if you can outfit your viewing room with advanced sound in addition to the superior TV, you can create a realistic viewing experience that throws you directly into the action unfolding on screen. This will keep you more engaged with your favorite movies and TV series and dramatically increase your viewing pleasure.
What’s more, big TVs are a must if you plan to use your set to entertain. There is nothing fun about a crowd of people struggling to get a good angle on a small screen. For viewing parties, regardless of whether you are showing a dramatic fantasy series or the last game of the championships, you need a large enough TV that your guests won’t have to squint to see details and that no one will be subject to a significant glare. The burden of being the host means investing in the right tools to keep everyone happy, which in this case is a huge television.
Cons of Supersizing It
Aside from perhaps committing a gauche transgression of style— which shouldn’t be the average person’s main concern, anyway — investing in an over-large TV can come with a few downsides. For one, the larger the set, the more money you will spend. It should go without saying that you shouldn’t buy anything, especially a several-thousand-dollar TV, if you can’t afford it; it’s not worthwhile to put your financial (and potentially emotional and physical) health at risk for the sake of a bigger screen. Plus, there are always “better” ways to spend your money, such as investing in features that increase the value of your home or donating to charity. Still, you shouldn’t feel bad about buying something you want if you have the spare cash on hand — so save up if a big TV is something you feel you need.
Another issue to consider is how you will style your room around a large TV. It’s easy enough to hide a smaller television set within a wardrobe or behind a folding screen when you don’t want it to be the focus of the room, but a huge TV will always dominate a space. You can try to blend it into your furnishings by mounting it and creating a gallery wall with other wall hangings, but if your wall is too dominated by the screen, this strategy might not work.Before you invest in your brand-new TV, you should research styling options and decide how you’ll work your new tech into your interior design.
For most people, there are more advantages than disadvantages to owning a huge TV, but you do need to consider your unique situation before impulsively buying the first big set you see. You should research your TV options to ensure you get the best tech you can afford, and you should remember that fitting your television into your room’s style is crucial for creating an inviting, attractive, comfortable space. You need a TV, and you might need a huge TV, but that doesn’t excuse you from doing your due diligence first.