Projector screens make for an extreme (and extremely awesome) home movie watching experience. Plan to install the screen in an area that is easily viewable from your existing furniture, situated in a place that the projector will display against well.
It’s not advisable to install over a window that receives direct sunlight, or to use a screen as a substitute to a window covering because intense prolonged sunlight can damage the material. Keep in mind however, that projectors produce the best image in a dark environment, so best results are always produced once the sun has set.
One thing comes into play if you’re deciding where to mount the screen, and that is whether or not there are any obstructions on the wall beneath the screen. A wall-mounted projector screen will pull down and retract very flush against the wall, and even the narrow presence of a picture frame or window trim will be enough to require the unit to be anchored 1-1/2” away from the wall on the ceiling.
The projector screen will range between 30-60 pounds and to make its installation easier and more precise, you can create a template using a piece of cardboard. The template will serve to keep the holes for screws evenly spaced from each other and evenly spaced from the wall if you need to extend to bypass wall art or window trim.
Use a 3/16 drill bit to bore through the drywall. This step is two-fold – it’s always good to predrill to make it easier to install the real screws, and it’s an easy way to determine whether you’re going to hit a stud in the ceiling. If you can’t tell whether or not you hit a joist, unfold a metal wire hanger, and poke into the predrilled holes to get a better sense of what you’re dealing with.
Hitting studs is the best case scenario when you’re installing something heavy. If you don’t hit a stud, you can use anchor bolts, or if the ceiling joists are accessible in the attic, you can create a cross-brace by attaching a 2x4 board perpendicularly between the joists, under the insulation, right where your predrilled holes are. Once that 2x4 board is securely installed, it will act similarly to a joist, serving as a solid place to attach the screen while distributing the weight of the product.
You’ll need a second set of hands when it comes to installing this heavy screen. Set up two step stools or ladders beneath either set of predrilled holes, and with your partner, lift the projector screen towards the ceiling. Use the drill and screws to attach one end of the projector first. Tightening the screws, but not all of the way. Move to the other end of the projector and secure those screws, but also not all of the way. Alternate between sides, now tightening down the screws until the mount is flush with the ceiling. Do not over tighten.
Thread a string or rope that was delivered with the projector onto the handle to make it easier to reach the handle. Alternatively, avoid a dangling string in front of a window by creating a hooked end on the straightened metal hanger, and use that to extend your reach to the handle as needed.
Align the projector screen and enjoy your new media room experience!