If you love watching movies on your home theater screen, but your space lacks a built-in projector screen mount, it’s time to upgrade! Here are some simple ideas to help you mount your standard projector screen into a wall, ceiling, or stand that will look great and save you from spending a lot of money on a new mount.
Today I’m going to show you how you can mount projector screens in your house with various ways and tips. We have included no-drill ideas, cheap and easy ones, and ideas requiring more work.
All you need are a few tools, inventiveness, some persistence, and lots of patience. So don’t worry, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know.
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Things To Consider
There are three things to consider before you start with making your projector mount. First, examine the walls where you will mount your projector screen. The wall condition is critical to ensure that it can hold your projector screen with no problem. If the wall is old and unstable, it’s probably not good to mount a projector screen on it as it may collapse and cause an accident.
Second, you should also consider the height and weight of your projector screen. The screen’s size and weight are important because some of the ideas that we will be sharing will not allow you to adjust or change the screen after it is mounted. So you have to be sure about the location and if it is suitable for your projector screen. Use a ruler or measuring tape to measure the screen size and your mounting area.
A projector screen stand may be the safest alternative for you if you want to prevent any hazards. Also, if you do not wish to experience any difficulties, it is advised that you hire a professional who can build it for you.
You can use cheap and easy-to-find Velcro tapes to mount your projector screen. Velcro is probably the most accessible and affordable way to hang a projector screen. Velcro has been around for a while, but if you’re not familiar with it, it’s a tape with two strips of fabric, one side covered with fiber hooks and the other with fiber loops. When attached, these two sides stick firmly to one another.
Since you need to stick the Velcro to your wall, you need to buy Velcro tape with adhesive. To start, attach one side of the Velcro to the back of your projector screen, remove the adhesive protection, then carefully stick it to your wall.
We recommend doing this with the help of another person to make sure that your screen is correctly aligned, especially if your projector screen is enormous.
Aside from being cheap and easy to do, the other nice thing about using Velcro is that you can easily remove your screen if you want to and just as easily stick it back.
Another way to mount your projector screen without drilling holes is by hanging strips. Hanging strips are very cheap and can hold up to 16 pounds of weight. Hanging strips are commonly used to hang paintings, portraits, and mirrors. You can also use them to mount a projector screen.
Before you consider using hanging strips, find out the weight of your projector screen. Typically, an 80inch projector screen weighs 14 pounds, so we don’t recommend hanging strips if your projector screen is bigger.
First, you need to prep your wall. Thoroughly clean your wall with rubbing alcohol. Then separate the hanging strips and press the fasteners together firmly once your wall is clean and dry. Remove the red liner, stick the strip to your projector screen then press it down firmly for about 30 seconds.
Repeat these steps to stick additional strips to all corners of the screen. When you’re ready to attach to the wall, remove the liners, then stick to the wall by pressing firmly for 30 seconds. Remove the projector screen as you need to wait for an hour for the adhesive to bond correctly.
Using hanging strips requires minimal effort and can be done by anyone.
Hardwall hangers are plastic hooks with metal pins that penetrate the wall surface. Hardwall hangers are another great option to hang a projector screen that does not require you to drill holes. Aside from being inexpensive, hardwall hangers are sturdy and can support a weight of up to 20 pounds. You can use them on concrete, plaster, brick, or hardwood walls.
Again, it is best to plan for proper measurement to achieve correct placing before you begin. It would not be easy to adjust hardwall hangers once installed. But if you make a mistake and need to change, you may use a putty knife–insert the blade of a putty knife beneath the hook and twist it to push the metal pins out of the wall to remove the hardwall hanger.
For best results, you will need a hammer and a tape measure. The steps are pretty straightforward. First, you need to hold up the projector screen on the wall where it will be mounted, then put marks on the area where you will install the hangers. Once the exact spots are marked, use your hammer to install the hardwall hangers.
The next no-drill idea is to use tension rods. A tension rod (sometimes called a “flexi-rod” or “spring rod”) is used to hang things and provide support. Tension rods are usually made of plastic or metal and are retractable.
Using tension rods is more complicated, but you do not need to use any power tools. This DIY mount will work best for motorized projector screens.
Tension rods are most commonly used for curtains, so they are typically installed horizontally. As a projector mount, the idea is to install the tension rods vertically from floor to ceiling then hang the projector screen between the two rods.
Aside from the 2 Tension rods, you will also need 2 Carabiner clips.
It is essential to measure the distance between the two tension rods to ensure correct spacing. You also need to measure the distance between your floor and ceiling to determine how long your tension rod should be.
Follow the instructions from the package on how to build the tension rods. Once your tension rods are made to the correct length, you can attach them to your desired location.
This idea is for you if you want sturdiness and mobility for your projector screen mount. You can use PVC pipes to mount your projector screen. You can easily buy tension rods at hardware stores.
While this requires more effort to build, this DIY project is easy and cheap to do. With this simple design, you can create an attractive projector mount that lets you mount your projector indoors and outdoors.
For this project, you will need 3/4″ PVC pipe, 90-degree PVC pipe elbows, PVC tees, Iron-on hemming tape, and PVC cutters. Of course, you will need more materials and tools, but still, no drilling is involved, and the finished product will be worth it.
First, you need to determine the measurement of the PVC pipe to make sure that you will have enough for the projector mount. Then, you may need PVC cutters to cut as required.
Each upper corner will need a 90-degree PVC elbow. Then for the two bottom corners, you will use a PVC tee.
The legs come next. These will hold the projector screen upright. Cut two small pieces of pipe, then attach another long pipe to them with PVC tees. Repeat this to make the other leg.
You can then attach the legs to the projector screen once done. That’s it!
The beauty of this projector mount made from PVC pipes is that you can place it in your living room, bedroom, or backyard.
Some people prefer to hide the projector screen when not in use. If this is your preference, a ceiling mount is what you need.
When hanging your screen on a ceiling, it’s crucial to ensure that the ceiling is strong enough. However, most drywall that covers your ceiling is not sturdy and may not be able to hold up the screen’s weight. The solution is to find the frames that support the ceiling. These are called joists or studs. You can use either a stud finder or a powerful magnet. These studs are where you can mount your projector screen.
If you don’t find any joists or studs in your ceiling, you should look for a different location to install your mount.
For a ceiling mount, you need to drill holes in your ceiling. Then, you can use either toggle bolts or eyebolt screws. Using eyebolt screws is easier to do, but using toggle bolts, while more time-consuming, is more secure.
Wall Mounting Brackets
Mounting brackets for the walls require drilling holes, so you need some power tools for this mounting method.
If you have drywall, you need to identify a part of the stud wall. You can do this by using a stud detector. Once you identify the stud wall, mark these areas with a pencil. Next, measure the wall according to your screen size.
We recommend using a laser level to ensure straight lines. You don’t have to buy a laser level as this can be pretty expensive. You can use any old-fashioned leveling tool that you have.
Attach the brackets to the marked stud areas using a drill. Carefully hang the projector screen unto the brackets. Sit back and admire your instant movie screen.
In conclusion, projector screens are a great way to transform a room into a cool movie theater. You can use adhesives like Velcro or hanging strips if you want the least effort. If you’re comfortable doing DIY projects, you can try using tension rods or PVC pipes. Whatever your choice, you will be able to enjoy watching your favorite movies on a large screen anywhere in your home.
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.