Behind the Design – Viewing Distance

Behind the Design – Viewing Distance

Clearly seeing presentation content and remote video conference attendees on screens and displays is critical for a productive meeting room experience. If screens and displays are too far away, reading and understanding content can be challenging. Conversely, sitting too close can be distracting and disorientating. Therefore, a screen or display’s proper viewing distance is one of the most important factors to consider when designing a comfortable and functional meeting space.

Another critical factor in screen and display placement is viewing angle. The viewing angle is the left-to-right view of a screen or display based on a center axis extending from the screen into the room. Room design should accommodate seating arrangements that do not place viewers more than 30 to 40 degrees from the center viewing axis. The width, manufacturer, and model of screens and displays will also impact the optimal viewing angle.

The choice of screen and display technology often comes at the end of a new-build or remodeling project. However, proper viewing distances should be a consideration from the start. Room layout and dimensions can dramatically impact the size and placement of screens and displays. If accounted for in the early planning stages, it can help meeting room effectiveness.

For example, a room’s ceiling height and wall treatments will determine what size screen or display can be mounted. In addition, the screen and display size will determine the number of meeting attendees that can clearly see the screen. Therefore, room design must consider both meeting room capacity, viewing distances, and screen size to achieve the best results.

Technology consultants and designers use industry guidelines to determine the optimum viewing distance for screens and displays based on their size. Referencing the diagram above, you can ensure that your proposed new room designs or upgrade project plans will provide a great viewing experience.