If you would like to avoid paying the high prices charged for a high
quality projector screen it is possible to build one yourself. In this
article I will not be going into the exact details such as precise
measurements as this will vary depending on the projector you have and the
size of screen you are looking for. What we will get into are the materials
needed, and some general building tips.
What material should be used for the projection screen?
First of all, the most important part is the screen, it is possible to use
a simple white bed sheet for the screen, but other materials will do much
better. I recommend blackout cloth as it should be readily available and it
should be available at a local fabric shop, for a relatively inexpensive
price. Another good inexpensive material is rubberized canvas created
specifically for projector screens, but you will likely need to order this
online, it is commonly found on eBay. Fold a couple of inches around the
edges, and sew it in. For the best possible picture you will want to place
a few inches of velvet around each border.
How do I create the projector screen roller?
For a roller I suggest using a wood dowel, and some PVC pipe joiners. What
you will be doing is using the PVC pipe joiners to block the screen from
sliding off the dowel without damaging the screen. Then sew the screen onto
the dowel, and attach the pipe joiners by drilling a hole and inserting a
screw within the pipe joiners so that they hold in place. Across the bottom
of the screen I suggest placing a metal rod. You will want to add some
weight to it so that the screen hangs as flat as possible, and that is what
the metal rod is for. As a finishing touch you may want to attach a strip
What can I use to create a case for the screen?
The final thing you will want is a case for the projector screen. I suggest
using a PVC pipe, and capping both ends for a simple inexpensive case. You
can attach a canvas strap as a handle and you will now have a fully
portable, inexpensive and high quality portable projector screen.
Building your own projector screen can be a very rewarding, and money
saving experience. No matter what route you choose I suggest going for
simple materials such as the pvc piping and blackout cloth suggested in
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