How To Hang A Projector Screen From The Ceiling

Having a projector at home or at the office is simply a fantastic idea.

Why?

Firstly, it is cheaper than most gigantic LED televisions out there.

Secondly, the projector screens are usually way bigger than most LED televisions.

The biggest problem people face when buying a projector is finding some precious space around the house to fit a projector screen.

Projector screens cannot be fitted onto just any wall, usually because of fixtures and fittings. Additionally, you may not have space to store a stand for the screen, and folding away the screen can cause it to be damaged.

But, whatever you do, do not worry! We have the perfect solution for you.

We will teach you how to hang a projector screen from the ceiling. That’s right! After extensive research, we have found that hanging a projector screen from the ceiling is less problematic than any other option. Here’s how to do it.

Materials/Items Required

Most manufacturers don’t provide mounts or anchors for holding the projector screen from the ceiling. Therefore, we are showing you a DIY method to get that projector screen hanging.

We will be using some common hardware tools that are found at everyone’s home. Hopefully, you won’t have to buy anything. But even if you do, it’s not going to cost a lot of money.

We should warn you, though, the process requires a bit of hard work and excellent levels of concentration. But with patience, you will be able to hang the screen from the ceiling.

Requirements:

A. Brackets

  • Although ceiling brackets don’t come with the projector screen in the box, you can buy separate ceiling brackets online or from a hardware store.
  • A hardware store may be your best option if you are unsure what type of bracket to buy. The store attendants can guide you.

B. Drilling Machine

  • If you don’t own one, chances are you have a family member, friend, or neighbor who does. Ask to borrow theirs, and don’t forget to give them back the drill once you are done.

C. Ladder

  • Using a ladder is a must for this project. Ceilings are usually very high, and you don’t want to risk balancing precariously on furniture that was not designed for the job.
  • Make sure your ladder is sturdy and keeps a good balance. If necessary, have an extra person with you to help steady the ladder and deal with the screen. Projector screens can be heavy, and if you don’t have the right balance, you might fall off and injure yourself.

D. Screws

  • Check the screws you have are the type needed to fix brackets. If you don’t have any/enough screws at home, you can buy them from any hardware store.

E. Stud Sensor

  • You might be unfamiliar with stud sensors. Stud sensors are devices that detect the density changes inside the wall.
  • We will get into the details of why we need it later on. You might not own a stud sensor. Don’t stress! They are inexpensive, and they cost around 20-30 dollars only. So, get one right away before starting this project.

Hanging The Screen

1. Decide which side of the room you want to hang your projector screen from.

2. Set up the ladder in and around the area where the projector screen will hang.

3. Take your stud sensor, and climb the ladder.

4. Using your stud sensor, locate the joists in the ceiling. The joists will anchor your projector screen, and finding them is an essential part of this process.

What are Joists?

Joists are usually used for ceiling support in construction. They can be made of timber, reinforced concrete, or steel. You will usually find that joists are laid parallel across a wall or ceiling and that they are attached by metal supports called joist hangers or anchors.

The drywall finish on a ceiling is not tough enough to hold a projector screen properly. This weakness of drywall is why we locate the joists that make up part of the ceiling. Once the screen is up, the joists will be providing more than enough support to keep the projector screen in place and stop it from falling on top of anyone or anything.

5. Once done locating the joists on the ceiling, take the two brackets. Take each and hold them at the center of each joist location. The brackets need to be held at the center so that the projector screen gets the proper support and balance from the whole joist. If the bracket isn’t at the center, the joist can have uneven tension, and the joist can ultimately break down.

6. Once the brackets are placed at the center, mark the ceiling through the bracket holes where the screws will later be inserted.

7. Take the drilling machine to drill the screws into the areas you have marked. While drilling, keep your hands firmly on the drill handle and keep the drill in a vertical position. If you don’t do this, the screws will fail to go straight in.

8. After the screws are inside the joist, attach the projector screen and the case to the brackets properly.

Additional Considerations

1. If you aren’t confident about drilling holes on the ceiling, just watch some tutorials on YouTube. With the right tutorials, it will soon become like second nature.

2. Most houses have traditional ceilings. But sometimes, a house can have a ceiling that is way too high. In such cases, use bracket extensions to bring the projector screen down closer to a comfortable watching height.

3. If your projector isn’t wireless, you may need to set up connections with cables from your projector screen to the projector itself. But modern projectors these days come with wireless transmitters which don’t require even a centimetre of a cable to function efficiently.

Benefits of Hanging A Projector Screen From the Ceiling

A. Screen/Projector Distance

With a ceiling-mounted projector screen, you can install your projector a lot closer to the screen. This closer proximity will help you achieve the maximum possible brightness from the projector and thus get much better picture quality. It will also mean that the picture is less impacted by ambient light.

B. Additional Space

We have all been there when someone has walked in front of the projector because they have no alternative route. It can really take you out of the movie you are enjoying.

With a screen hanging from the ceiling, you create some extra space in the room, and therefore there should be a path that results in distraction-free entrances and exits from the room.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this brief tutorial has given you some idea of how to hang a projector screen from the ceiling, and you’ll get the job done in no time at all.

Just remember, projector screens are heavy, so you may need two people for the job, especially if you have a bit of a wobbly ladder. Don’t risk getting injured!

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