How to make a homemade projector screen

Updated March 23, 2017

Home projection systems are great for entertaining family and friends. Projecting pictures and movies on a wall of a dark room gives the feeling of being in a cinema. Combined with some home theatre speakers, there won't be a need to buy expensive theatre tickets ever again. A white wall works reasonably well but to really achieve theatre-like quality, you will need to make your own projector screen.

Set up your projector and turn it on. Measure the projection size (height and width) so you can plan for construction of the screen.

Purchase wood for the frame and construct it based on your measurements in Step 1. Poplar is recommended for being a lightweight but sturdy wood. Measure and cut the wood into four pieces and join together using wood glue and staples or nails. Sand the corners of the frame to prevent scratches or tears to the screen fabric.

Roll canvas-like cloth over frame and overlap by 1 or 2 inches. Pull the cloth tight and staple it to the back of frame.

Paint the cloth with primer and let dry. Depending on your material, you may need two coats.

Apply screen paint or goo systems screen paint and let dry.

Add a border if desired using black plastic trim, black paint or other dark material.

Fasten the projection screen to the wall using drywall anchors and screws. Turn on the projector and enjoy your home theatre.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood for frame
  • Wood glue
  • Primer
  • Paint (Silver screen or goo systems)
  • Canvas-like cloth
  • Roller
  • Saw
  • Drywall anchors
  • Screws
  • Staples or nails
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