A projector screen offers various mounting options, and a ceiling mount is one of them. Mounting a large screen on the ceiling is a convenient and great way to enjoy a significant screen viewing experience without wasting much space in your room. This installation also suits people who live in a small apartment or don’t have a large wall to spare for wall installation.
If you have a large screen with a black border, a ceiling mount projector screen would be a great choice. But with that being said, the main question lies “how to hang projector screen from the ceiling?”. Well, we have an answer. We have devised a simple yet effective process that will help you to hang the screen from the ceiling and create a mini-movie theater in your home.
Before we begin with the process, first, we need to arrange all the necessary tools and materials. Here is the list of all the items;
- Measuring Tape.
- Normal level.
- Mid-size ladder.
- Projector screen.
- Ceiling hooks.
- Snap links.
- Bracket for the ceiling (optional).
- Anchor and 2 X 4 boards (optional).
- Wire hanger.
Hanging Projector Screen from Ceiling
Now, let’s start with the process;
Step 1- Determining the Location on Ceiling
The first step you need to do is find out the ideal location for hanging the projector screen from the ceiling. Find a location where you can easily set up the screen as well as the projector and enjoy an uninterrupted view. Avoid placing the screen near the window or any lighting fixture as the light will deteriorate the visual quality.
Plus, it would be better to avoid hanging the projector near doors, passage or hallway because you might face a lot of interruption from your family members. You can plan to hang the screen in a location that is exactly opposite to your sofa and offers a good view from every corner of the house. If you have already mounted your projector on the ceiling or wall, then you need to place the screen precisely opposite to it and also consider the throw distance.
Basically, a projector offers the best image quality when placed in a dark environment, so you need to place it in a location with minimal light interruption. If you have no other option than to place the screen near the window, then you need to use thick drapes or any other obstruction to object to the direct sunlight.
Step 2- Preparing the Ceiling For Setup
Once you have decided on the particular area to install a projector screen, it is to prepare the ceiling so that you can mount it. You should measure the total length of the screen housing and arrange a proper place in the ceiling.
Projector screens are generally heavy, and it would not be easy to have a precise installation if you try to directly fit the whole housing. So here we are using a cardboard template so that you can precisely drill holes on the ceiling and keep them evenly placed. The template will also come in handy if you have a false ceiling or you want to bypass any window trim.
Step 3- Pre Drilling Holes and Installing Necessary Attachments
Now, it is time to pre-drill holes and hook all the projector screen ceiling hooks before the final setup. Using the cardboard template and all the necessary measurements, you will have to pre-drill the holes on the ceiling. Pre-drilling will make it easier for you to fit the screws or hooks and also allow you to judge when you are going to hit the stud in the ceiling.
If you fail to hit the stud, then move a sturdy wire through the holes and evaluate how far the hole is away from the stud. When you are installing a heavy attachment like a projector screen on the ceiling, you need to attach the screws to the stud as it minimizes the chance of any sudden fall. For reinforcement, you can use 2 X 4 boards as false studs, and you can install screws or bolts to it.
You can use eye bolt screws for attaching the projector, and it will make things easier for you. However, it entirely depends upon the screen you are using, and it won’t if your screen comes with hooks. To attach eye bolt screws, you just have to twist the eyebolt through the ceiling after pre-drilling and attach the screen.
If you think eye bolt screws won’t work, you can switch to toggle bolts which might have a lengthy installation, but it is highly secured. To install toggle bolts, you need to make wide holes in the ceiling and remove the wings from the toggle bolt.
Now, you need to get a ceiling hook and put the toggle bolts into the hook. Then again, twist and fold the wings so that you can place them inside the ceiling. Once you have inserted it, use a screwdriver to attach the toggle bolt and ceiling hook properly.
Step 4- Preparing Projector Screen
Before you install the projector screen, it would be convenient to prepare the screen so that you won’t have to do anything after raising the screen. You need to unwrap the bracket and take out the latch that you will need to pull out the screen.
If you are using an eye bolt or toggle bolt, then you need to prepare the bracket connectors of the screen. You just have to use eye bolts and attach them to the bracket so that you can just hang them. Otherwise, you can leave the projector screen mount as it is and attach them to the ceiling in the final step.
Step 5- Installing the Screen
In this last installation step, you will have to raise the screen and attach them to the ceiling. You can either hook the eye bolts or snap to the already installed bolts. Or else you can use screws to drill them into the ceiling or 2 X 4 board. For raising the screen, you might need the help of one of your family members as it will be challenging to hold the screen in one hand and drill with another.
Just ask your family member to lift the screen and align the gaps to the pre-drilled holes. Then you use the drill and attach the screws. You should tighten the screws until it is correctly secured to the ceiling. However, you should remember you shouldn’t over-tighten the screws as you might have massive difficulty in unscrewing them if you change them in the future.
Step 6- Going For a Test Run
Now, stretch the screen properly using the string attached at the lower corner of the screen and make sure there is no crease. You can use a counterweight at both lower ends of the screen so that it remains appropriately stretched.
Start your projector and check whether you are getting proper projection. If not, then you can adjust the placement of the projector to get an excellent viewing experience. Once it is done and you can enjoy the new mini home theater watching all the latest movies on the big screen.
Some Safety Features Keep In Mind
Even though the in-ceiling projector screen installation is not a risky task, it would be safe to take some essential safety features.
- You should wear a mask and gloves while drilling holes in the ceiling.
- Avoid drilling too deep as it might cause damage to your roof.
- Take assistance from an expert if you are not confident in installing the 2 X 4 board or switch bolts as they need hooking from above.
- Always ask for a helping hand while raising the screen or drilling holes in the ceiling.
- If you have a high ceiling, then it would be best to hire a professional and make a false mount to install the screen.
- The hooks, snaps, and eyebolt screws are sharp, so you should deal carefully while attaching them.
- Avoid attaching the screen on a false ceiling as there is a chance that the screen might fall and cause severe damage. Since many false ceilings are made using thin plywood so it would be safe to avoid them as the screen can weigh up to 60pounds.
- Prevent kids or minors from coming near the installation area as splinters can hurt them while you drill on the ceiling.
- While buying a screen, it would be wise to opt for a lighter screen as it will minimize the chance of any damage to the wall or accident.
We hope we have been able to help you to solve your query “how to hang projector screen from the ceiling.” We have explained the process in detail so that you don’t miss out on anything during the installation process. It would be best to keep all the tools and materials ready before beginning the installation. If you need further assistance, you can get in touch with us, and we will revert as soon as possible.
My name is Henry Larson and I have been associated with research and development of projectors throughout my professional career. I used all my experience and expertise to create this blog so that I can guide people to get the best projector of their choice. For any further assistance, you can get in touch with me through email or comments.