How to Make a Roll-Up Projection Screen

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How to Make a Roll-Up Projection Screen
You can watch movies at home on a roll-up screen. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

It's fun to sit and watch movies at home with friends and family, but movie projection systems can be costly. If you have a video projector but no screen, don't worry. You can make your own roll-up screen. The screen is inexpensive to make and easy to assemble and install. Drawing it down when it's time to watch a film is a snap.

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Things you need

  • Heavy bedsheets (one black, one white)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Stapler and staples
  • One-inch dowels (2)
  • 14-gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Eye hooks (2)
  • Wooden curtain rod brackets
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver or drill

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  1. 1

    Choose a pair of heavy bed sheets (one black, one white) that are closest to the size you want for your screen. Cut them down to the size you want, if needed.

  2. 2

    Iron the sheets.

  3. 3

    Lay the black sheet down on the floor and lay the white one on top of it.

  4. 4

    Double over about 1 inch of the two sheets together along one long edge and staple it to one of the dowels. Repeat for the other side. Make sure both ends of each dowel extend at least 4 inches beyond the edge of the sheets.

  5. 5

    Cut two pieces of wire, about 10 inches each, with wire cutters.

  6. 6

    Bend one end of one of the pieces of wire into a loop that's wide enough to easily slide over the dowel (about 1 1/2 times the diameter of the dowel). Use the pliers to do so. Twist about 2 inches of the loop around the main length of the wire to secure the loop. Repeat for the second wire.

  7. 7

    Loop the other end of each wire through the eye hooks. Twist about 2 inches of the loop around the main length of the wire to secure the loop. Repeat for the second wire.

  8. 8

    Mount the curtain rod brackets on the wall with screws.

  9. 9

    Hang the screen by one of the dowels from the brackets.

  10. 10

    Roll the screen up when you are not using it. Keep it from unrolling by sliding the wire loops over the ends of the lower dowel.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure the wall studs can support the screen.

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