A lot of people are against having a television in the bedroom, and there are many reasons why. But there are those who genuinely enjoy viewing their favourite shows while they are snugly tucked up in bed. Their reasons are just as valid, so we'd thought it's time we explored both sides of the argument.
Pros of a TV in the Bedroom
The Chill Factor
It's incredibly relaxing to lie on the bed with your feet up, a soft fluffy pillow behind your head watching a film or your favourite series after a busy day. Our bedrooms are often the cosiest and most comfortable places in our homes, and having a television in the bedroom combines two of our favourite things- our beds and our TV, so this is a great opportunity to unwind at the end of the day.
As a couple, the decision to have a TV in the shared bedroom needs to be a joint one. Adding a television to the decor can create an environment where you can snuggle close and have time alone while the phone goes unanswered and you get cosy under the blankets. Laughing or crying together over an old film can create a strong bond. It’s best not to watch scary or violent programmes right before sleeping though, and if one of you wants to watch the TV and the other prefers to read you can avoid potential friction by investing in a pair of headphones.
If you're old enough to remember the TV sets of yesteryear, you'll know that they took up far too much space to fit them into an average sized bedroom. Plus, they needed some sort of table or cabinet to sit on, too. With our new technology, televisions have become flatter and more streamlined and can be mounted on almost any wall without cramping the room.
If you do choose to place a TV in your sleeping space, you don’t want it to spoil the interior style of the room. The device shouldn’t use up too much room or get in the way all the time. One way to get around this is to make it more attractive. Try surrounding the screen with an attractive picture frame. This will transform the TV into an interesting piece of wall art.
Alternatively, you could build the set into the wall so that it’s flush with the entire surface. In a small room with little wall space, you could attach it to the cupboard door or make it part of a room divider. If you have a blank area of wall, think of building in some shelving that would house the television as well as some books, ornaments or whatever else you’d like to display.
A more unusual storage method is to install your device inside an ottoman at the foot of the bed so that when you’ve finished viewing you simply fold it neatly away.
Just as for in the living room, you should select the biggest screen possible for best viewing. Sure, in the bedroom you can go slightly smaller, but a screen of at least forty inches is recommended. Make sure there’s a gap of at least an inch all around for ventilation.
Pay attention to your lighting when you're watching the TV. You can avoid scratchy eyes, eyestrain and headaches, with some kind of backlighting for your screen. This causes the eyes to perceive the screen as being dimmer than it really is, thus reducing the strain. Backlighting can be as simple as placing a lamp behind or to one side of the television. Or if you prefer you can install an LED strip behind the screen.
Cons of a TV in the Bedroom
Those who don’t want television in the bedroom have good reasons. Studies show that watching TV before sleep interferes with our sleep cycles. Watching it elsewhere then switching it off an hour or so before bed often results in better, longer sleep. You’ll feel well rested and be more productive the next day. You’ll also have the opportunity before bed to reflect on your day, learn from mistakes, and evaluate your performance. This is a perfect time to set goals for the following day, wind down and quiet your mind. All of which can be difficult to do with the daily news in the background.
Having the television in the bedroom encourages us to switch it on first thing in the morning. But do we really want our waking thoughts to be guided by what’s on the television? There's a possibility that it could set the tone for the rest of our day.
If you’re in a relationship, having a TV in the bedroom can distract from the time you could use for sharing, planning and intimate conversations. The important people in our lives need our attention, and we often give our undivided attention in the bedroom. Also, watching television in the bedroom can often mask communication issues in the relationship by filling in those stony silences for you.
There are several studies that show that couples that have a television in the bedroom have sex 50% less often than those without a TV. No surprise then that a lot of people feel it’s best to just keep the bedroom for sleep and intimacy. They also remove anything else that could become a distraction, such as workstations, laptops and any other electronic equipment. The idea is to define each room and its purpose and to use them accordingly.
We’re at our most vulnerable in the evenings. We’re tired, and advertisers know this. Marketing experts understand we are more likely to make impulse decisions and purchases if we watch television if we’re exhausted after a long, hard day.
No television in the bedroom will leave time for reading. And that’s still a good thing. Enjoying some light reading helps a lot of us fall asleep quicker, too.