How to Roll Up a Projector Screen

A good projector requires an area of space suitable for projecting an image.

Some choose to project directly onto a white wall, while others do not have this luxury. Either the walls of the house have other fixtures and fittings on them, have some weird marks that ruin the image being displayed, or aren’t flat enough to project a picture onto that doesn’t look distorted.

An option that anyone can go for is to buy a projector screen. These aren’t wildly expensive and mean you get a clear picture of a vast nature.

However, one issue people face is how to care for a projector screen, specifically how to roll it up without creasing it when it’s not in use. That is what we are dealing with today.

Screen Types

Six types of projector screens available in the current market. We are going to discuss each one separately so that you can master the art of rolling up a projector screen. So, let’s start!

1. Manual Projector Screen

This is the most common type of projector screen you will find as it is the most affordable.

You can even mount this projector screen on a ceiling or a wall using a projector screen bracket for regular use.

To roll it up, you just have to pull down the projector screen using the cylinder at the bottom of the screen. This pull will trigger the screen’s mechanism, and the screen will roll up on its own.

2. Electric Projector Screen

These projector screens are more convenient than manual projector screens since they come with a remote control for the users.

Using the remote control, you can roll down and roll up the projector at your own convenience.

There’s a roll down and a roll-up button on the remote for performing this simple function!

Because the speed of roll-up is kept at the optimum level, there is very little chance of the screen becoming creased during the process.

3. Tripod Projector Screen

Tripod projector screens are mostly used at universities and medical schools with large classrooms. The screen has to be mounted on a tripod for the projection to be at satisfactory levels for a whole room to view.

Before you can roll down or roll up the projector screen, you have to set up the tripod stand first. Whether you have to roll up or roll down the projector depends on how you have set up the projector over the tripod stand. However, most tripod projector screens will require you to pull up after unlatching when you want to roll them up.

4. Floor Rising Projector Screen

With a sleek, contemporary design, floor rising projector screens look cooler than your regular manual or electronic projector screens. Most importantly, they are lightweight and especially easy to carry around.

Additionally, you won’t have to assemble this type of projector screen for regular usage.

Floor rising projectors can be electronic or manual. So, it totally depends on your projector whether you need to pull down the projector screen to trigger the rolling mechanism or use a remote control to tell the screen to roll itself up again.

5. Fixed Frame Projector Screen

If you own a fixed frame projector screen, then please don’t try to roll it at all!

Fixed frame projector screens are very common and designed to stay in place permanently. Rolling is not actually an option, and you are likely to damage the frame beyond repair if you try to do so!

6. Inflatable Projector Screen

Though not very durable, inflatable projector screens are very popular among college students, likely because they are very inexpensive and easy to setup.

Within minutes, you can grab a bowl of popcorn and start watching the latest released blockbusters.

Just like electric projector screens and fixed frame projector screens, you don’t need to roll down or roll up the projector by yourself.

Inflatable projector screens need to be inflated when you want to use them and deflated when you are done. They can simply be folded and put back into a storage container.

Common Issues

A. Creases

Creases occur when you are folding the projector screen. Be careful while folding or wrapping the screen.

It’s a good idea to wrap the screen around something cylindrical, as this will stop the edges from getting creases.

While using the projector, increase the heat in your central heating system. Heat causes fewer creases to develop.

B. Removing Creases

1. Apply Heat

You can apply heat onto the projector screen to remove the creases. However, this process requires a lot of patience and caution. You cannot apply high heat to the screen. That will damage the projector screen material. You have to apply low-heat to the creased area for a prolonged period of time.

2. Iron

It is possible to iron the backof some projector screens when they have a crease.

However, it would be best if you were careful with this method as well since the heat of the iron can destroy your projector screen.

  • Place a towel overan ironing table. The towel should be a light one.
  • Next, place the projector screen above the towel gently. Make sure that the screen is as flat as possible and that there are no folds on it.
  • Make sure your iron has been set to the lowest heat possible.
  • Slowly, iron over the crease until it vanishes.

3. Blowdry

You can also blow-dry the back of the projector screen. The steps for this are the same as the ones for ironing the back of the projector screen. But do it with caution and make sure that your blow dryer has been turned to its lowest power.

  • Place a towel atop an ironing table. The towel should be a light one.
  • Next, place the projector screen above the towel gently. Make sure that the screen is as flat as possible and that there are no folds on it.
  • Make sure your dryer has been set to the lowest heat possible.
  • Slowly, blow-dry the crease until it vanishes.

4. Direct Sunlight

Keeping the projector screen in direct sunlight can also help with crease removal.However, unlike with the other options, you cannot control the heat generated by the sun, and therefore there isn’t really a set amount of time we can give you.

You will need to check the screen regularly and ensure that the day is not so hot that it damages the screen, rather than just removing the crease.

How To Store A Screen When Not In Use

A. Take off the filter of your projector screen. This filter protects the projector from dust particles in the air. This filter is made of foam rubber, and you can clean it with water.

B. Next, roll the projector screen and put it gently inside a carpet tube.

C. Put the cap on of the carpet tube. Now, you can keep this tube in any corner. This method will protect your projector screen.

Final Word

You thought rolling up a projector screen was going to be complicated, right?

Not so.

As with all technology, there are improvements made over time, especially in areas that cause severe usability problems.

Manufacturers have made sure that most projector screens roll themselves up either with the touch of a button or a tug on the bottom of the screen.

But for those times you do get a crease, a bit of low heat is the simple solution.

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