DIY Projector Screen Guide & Tips

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Diy projector screen

To organize a home theater, you need a set of expensive elements, including a projector screen. Many are worried about the question of whether it is realistic to make a diy projector screen. To answer, you need to analyze the properties of candidate projector screen materials and the nuances of installation.

Table of Contents

  1. What materials can be used for DIY projector screen
  2. What tools are needed to make a diy project screen frame
  3. How to make a DIY projector screen
  4. How to clean a projector screen
  5. Video DIY projector screen

What materials can be used for DIY projector screen

When deciding whether a projector screen will be ready-made or made yourself, you need to consider the benefits of each option. As a standard, the canvas is made of vinyl, depending on the cost, the following properties vary:

  • density;
  • texture;
  • the size;
  • light reflection;

Unfortunately, even screens of the middle price category do not always give a clear image on the entire canvas – blurring appears closer to the edges. Modern models with a glowing effect from the inside are not suitable for home theaters due to the small viewing angle. A homemade black projector screen is made from inexpensive materials, given their suitability in a particular case.

A popular option, it costs not much and is sold in outdoor advertising firms. You can find a banner roll in online stores, but its length will be 40-50 meters. This material resists mechanical damage well (advertisements on it are placed on the streets), and allows little light to pass through. It is this property that makes it an excellent canvas for a projector screen stand. Installation of a banner is not difficult.

Diy Projector Screen Banner fabric

PVC film

A budget option, for a home theater matte texture is suitable so that there is no glare. Such a film is used in the design of stretch ceilings, it has good clarity. Lining with black plastic wrap will reduce transparency and make the fabric thicker. This material is sensitive to mechanical stress and requires careful handling during installation.

Raincoat fabric and vinyl canvas

A raincoat fabric is a practical option, it is easy to pull it even for a beginner – it rarely breaks under pressure. It is suitable if children have access to the home theater – no handprints remain on this material.

Vinyl is a suitable option for a roll-up wall screen for a projector at home, you can even make it alone. However, its installation requires meticulous handling – vinyl is easy to tear, stretching it onto the screen frame. Also, you need to take into account its high cost, it is reasonable to do it not for a while, but for a long time.

Projector Screen vinyl canvas

Heavy linen fabric

High-quality linen is a reflective fabric for the projector. A good and affordable alternative to other materials, because it is easier to purchase a piece of fabric or a sheet. It is easy to pull it over the profile at home, and for better light reflection, it is covered with a layer of white matte paint. Another option is black plastic wrap, as is the case with PVC wrap.

projector screen heavy linen fabric

Drywall and fiberboard

If you need a projector screen immediately, you can use cheap materials at hand – drywall, fiberboard, marker boards, and even plywood. The image quality will not be higher than satisfactory, matte water-based paint can correct the position, but its layer should be smooth. Also, the lighting in the room should be minimal so that the image does not blur at all.

drywall projector screen

Reflective fabric

A good option for a large wall – the roll width is at least 3 m. The fabric has a high light reflectance and allows you to get a clear image. However, the price of such material is high, and the structure itself is heavy – it requires good support.

diy projector screen fabric

Stretch ceiling fabric

It has a gray color (useful for a canvas under a projector), a matte texture and can be completely leveled when pulled over the screen frame. However, its high transparency does not allow it to be an independent option for the screen. As with some others, this material requires a black film lining. However, the cost of such a canvas can be higher than its quality deserves.

Diy Projector Screen Stretch ceiling fabric

Sizing calculation

To correctly determine the size of the canvas, you need to understand the main rule: the screen is in front of the audience, and not the projector. The viewing angle depends on this, otherwise, after installation, you will have to redo the work. Before starting the calculations, you need to turn on the projector and point it at the wall, choosing the preferred video format.

The height of the canvas should be 1/6 of the distance between the screen and the last row of spectators. Violation of this proportion will lead to the fact that the audience sitting behind will not see the picture clearly.

There is also a rule for the first row – it should be at a distance equal to twice the height of the screen. In order for the bottom edge of the screen to be clearly visible, it must recede from the floor by at least 1.2 m.Of course, in a home theater, there are rarely more than 2-3 rows, but it is better to take the recommendations into account – with them the screen will be visible without unnecessary eye strain …

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What tools are needed to make a diy project screen frame

To make a screen for a projector yourself, you will need a large set of tools:

  • selected material;
  • 4 wooden beams according to the size of the canvas;
  • 5 boxes made of aluminum;
  • 4 sides for the screen frame;
  • stapler (construction);
  • felt of small thickness;
  • screwdriver;
  • fiberboard sheet;
  • construction knife;
  • scissors for metal;
  • white matte paint;
  • roller;
  • emery cloth;
  • self-tapping screws for wood.

Some attachments may not be needed depending on the selected material. It is very important to accurately calculate the parameters of the canvas, because several add-ons are bought for them at once.

How to make a DIY projector screen

Method from fabric and synthetic fabrics

Using the above tools, you can make your own projector.

  1. Cut two of the four boxes to 1.5 m – they will be the sides, the rest – guides. On one side, sheathe each box with a bar.
  2. Screen frame making. For boxes on both edges, make an indent in width and cut with scissors. Bend the edges with a wooden mallet, then drill the holes and fasten the sturdy screen frame with self-tapping screws.
  3. Fix the fifth box in the center to better hold the load, make cuts in it and fix it in the overall structure.
  4. Sheathe the frame with a chipboard sheet and make its edges smooth with a chamfer. For fixing, use a stapler so as not to damage the material of the canvas in the future.
  5. Place felt on top, it is designed to make the surface smooth – the elastic texture allows you to hide irregularities and protrusions of the staples.
  6. The canvas for the projector must be seamless, otherwise, it will affect the clarity of the picture. It is pulled onto the screen frame gradually from both sides: first one wide side, then the opposite, then the ends. Fasten with a stapler, remove excess tissue with a knife.
  7. Cover the canvas with a double layer of matte paint, use a roller.
  8. To keep the screen firmly on the wall, install a bar on it with a canvas with a frame. For a heightened decorative effect, you can ennoble it with a beautiful frame.

It is recommended to perform such work in pairs so that when the screen is pulled, the canvas does not break. You also need to have experience with a screwdriver, otherwise, the holes for the screws will turn out to be crooked.

diy projector screen frame

Method of painting a wall, plasterboard or fiberboard

  1. Any flat surface can be treated with a special paint for making a screen and get a worthy alternative to fabric options. The order of work is as follows:
  2. Calculate the exact amount of paint required – it should be slightly more than what is required on the screen.
  3. The wall or drywall needs to be prepared – finishing putty, for example, will give smoothness.
  4. Mark the borders of the canvas, stick masking tape along the “screen frame”. Paint in vertical stripes from top to bottom, or spray is best.

The main purpose of painting is to achieve the smoothest possible surface. The advantage of this method is the absence of a physical carrier of the canvas – it does not take up space and does not require reliable fastening.

projector screen wall paint

PVC film method

The first step is the layout for the canvas, carried out with the projector turned on. The perimeter needs to be allocated a little more than necessary, pasting it with adhesive tape. Along the marking lines, you need to mount the frame from the profile. To screw in the screws, the next step is chosen – usually 8 cm, 3 cm at the corners and joints.

Method of roll-up wall screen frame from fabric stretch ceiling

Roller blinds are preferred if the installation of an electric drive with automatic control is planned. A stretch ceiling for a projector with such material is easily attached, and the canvas is rolled up in a tube. Those. it can be removed and hung at will, as well as carried. For manufacturing you will need:

  • A piece of plastic pipe with a radius of 2.5 cm;
  • 2 rolling bearings;
  • Canvas stretch ceiling fabric;
  • Slats 3-4 cm wide;
  • Hanging cord (optional);
  • 2 lids with diameters of 5.3 cm.

The first step is to make a tube from a plastic pipe. It needs to be cut to the size of the future screen (use a grinder) and cut along the length of the cut 1 cm wide. Carefully clean the edges from protrusions, make them smooth.

The length of one rail should exceed the length of the tube by 5 cm – the canvas will be wound on it. Put bearings on the ends of the board, but another 10 mm should remain free on both sides. With a construction stapler, attach one of the ends of the canvas to the rail (it will be the upper one). It is better to tuck it a few centimeters, and walk the staplers twice.

Wind the canvas over a rail and place it in a tube, screwing in the lids – the free end is passed through the cut. You need to make a hole in one of the covers, through which a flywheel is attached to scroll the canvas. Its design can be arbitrary. The second rail should be strictly along the width of the canvas – it is attached with a stapler to its free edge. If necessary, attach a cord to the tube for easy carrying and hanging on the wall.

Even a beginner can make a canvas for a home theater on his own. A variety of techniques offer different technologies, from sophisticated fabric screens to conventional wall painting. When choosing a specific option, you need to be guided by the budget, your own building skills and requirements for the quality of the picture.

wall projector screen

How to clean a projector screen

Fortunately, modern projector screens require a minimum of maintenance. Of course, care should be taken that the canvas is not exposed to mechanical stress and it is better to place it in a well-ventilated area. Then less dust will settle on the canvas, respectively, and it will need to be cleaned less often. Excessive humidity adversely affects the condition of the screen. If you rarely use the screen, it is better to store it assembled, but exclusively wound on a reel to avoid creases. It is better to store it horizontally, long-term vertical position can lead to deformations.

If there are stains on the screen, remove them with a soft cloth and mild detergent. Make sure the rag does not shed or leave lint on the linen. The detergent must be carefully removed. Never use acetone, gasoline, chlorine-containing products, products with abrasive additives or other aggressive detergents to remove stains. Do not be too zealous while cleaning the canvas. Also if you have a problem with

What you need to clean your projector screen:

In most cases, you will use the following items to clean your projector screen:

  • extra fine fiber or non-fluffy soft cotton fabrics (you may need two to three pieces)
  • Cup
  • water (distilled water preferred)
  • toilet soap
  • rubber gloves
  • shielding tape
  • isopropyl alcohol
  • cotton swab

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Date: 24.10.2021

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