DIY Projection Screen Materials

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DIY Projection Screen Materials
(projector ready for presentation image by Dmitry Goygel-Sokol from Fotolia.com)

You bought a fancy new projector and all you need is a fancy screen to go with it. But projector screens for your home theatre can be a very expensive addition that makes the total cost higher than you'd anticipated. However, with a little patience and some relatively common materials, you can build your own DIY projector screen for a pretty modest cost.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Lumber
  • 4 L-brackets
  • Screws
  • Scissors or sharp knife
  • Blackout cloth
  • Staple gun
  • Mounting hardware

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut four pieces of lumber to the dimensions for your screen. Mitre the ends of each piece of lumber at a 45-degree angle.

  2. 2

    Arrange your lumber into a rectangle with the backsides of the wood facing up. Screw the L-brackets around each corner, aligning them with the outside edge of the frame.

  3. 3

    Cut your blackout cloth with scissors or with a sharp knife. Blackout cloth is a strong, extremely opaque, heavy cloth that's usually available at a fabric store. Cut the cloth so it's about as big as your wooden frame.

  4. 4

    Staple the blackout cloth to the frame.

  5. 5

    Mount the screen to your wall.

Tips and warnings

  • Optionally, you can paint or finish the frame in any way you like. Once you've assembled the frame, but before you've affixed the blackout cloth, apply your choice of paint colour or finish, and move on to the next step once the finish is dry.
  • There are various approaches to stapling the cloth to the frame, but the simplest involves starting in the corner and working your way around the frame, pulling the cloth tight with each staple.

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