3 Different Ways to Make a Projector Screen on a Wall

We all love having the top quality TV, speakers, recliners and other things in our living rooms. But sometimes, that’s not enough to enjoy movies or any other form of media to the max.

Instead, you may want something more straightforward but still enjoyable: like a projector system.

You won’t even need the recliners or speakers anymore. Just a projector, a small audio system, and a few pillows and blankets to sit or lay down comfortably – that’s all you need for the most fantastic movie experience at home.

But that won’t be possible unless you make the projector screen yourself. And for that, there’s no better option than making it on a wall.

Here, we will tell you 3 different ways you can do it.

How to Make a Projector Screen on a Wall

1. Projector Screen on Wall with Frame

The first method to make a projector screen on a wall involves making a frame. This will facilitate the adjusting of the projection while adding a more stylish touch to the screen. Be aware that this is a fixed screen on a wall, and you will not be able to take the screen off. Anyway, without further ado, here’s what you should consider:

Materials

To make a projector screen with a frame, you will need certain materials. They are:

  • Paint for the wall (preferably matte white or black).
  • Paint for the screen (brighter than the wall paint).
  • Thin wooden planks.
  • Sandpaper.
  • Pencil.
  • Duct tape.
  • Silicone.
  • Screws & nails.

This is all you need to make the screen on any wall. Keep reading to learn how to make it. 

Step 1: Paint the Wall

To start painting, you need to make sure that you have the right paint. Remember, it is critical to get something clear and easy for the projection to show. Otherwise, you may get a distorted, unclear, or just an altered image on the screen. So focus on getting something as white as possible.

After having the paint ready, you can begin with the painting. You can paint the whole wall or just a large enough space where you are looking to place the projection. We recommend painting the whole wall, especially if you’re eventually thinking of changing the projection area later.

But if you want to paint only a small area on top of the dark paint, then that wouldn’t be a bad idea. Remember to get rid of the dark color first with sandpaper beforehand.

Here’s how to do all this:

  • Make sure to get rid of any inconstancy on the wall first. Get rid of bumps, cracks, holes, or anything that could affect the image when using the projector. Then cover it with the paint.
  • Turn the projector on and try to focus the projection exactly where you want the screen to be. Then mark the borders with a pencil or duct tape.
  • Now that you have the borders, you can start either painting or get rid of the old paint before re-painting.

This will help you prepare the background of the screen. You will have no problem painting the screen now.

Step 2: Paint the Screen

Now that you have the wall ready, it is time to paint the screen. Here, you should use the bright paint to paint inside the duct tape or pencil marks you’ve made before.  

Here’s how to do so:

  • Set the screen over the painted wall. Paint inside the marks you made before. Try to be as consistent as possible.
  • Use a roll to make the process easier. You could also use a spray for an even faster process.
  • Focus on highlighting the screen part from the rest of the wall. Paint alone could do the job, but try to make it as bright as possible for the best results.
  • Add at least two layers of paint if you want the screen part to highlight.
  • Don’t take the duct tape or pencil marks off until you’ve finished installing the frame.

After finishing, you should be ready to start creating the frame. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

Step 3: Add the Frame

Using the thin wooden planks you gathered, it is now time to make the frame. We recommend painting the frame with the same color as you painted the wall with. But you can also use something similar if needed. If you like the wooden color, then leave it that way.

Here’s how to make the frame:

  • Start by measuring the planks and making sure they fit with the duct tape marks you made before. Cut them up if needed. 
  • Once you have the planks ready for the right, left, top, and bottom of the screen, you should now screw them together.
  • We recommend placing the top and bottom planks over the side ones. Use nails or screws. We recommend screws for the most long-lasting result. Silicone could also help to strengthen the union.
  • Finish by nailing the frame to the wall. Try to be careful not to damage the wall or the screen in the process.
  • Once you have the frame installed on the wall, you’re ready to enjoy some movies.

This process shouldn’t take more than 2 days if you need to wait for the paint to dry off. Otherwise, you only want to paint the screen part, and it could be done in 10 hours or less.

The projection should end up inside the frame and look almost like a homemade TV. This will be perfect for enjoying your favorite media, along with friends or family in any part of your home.

2. Projector Screen on Wall without Frame

Projector Screen on Wall without Frame

This process is similar to the previous one, but this won’t have a frame so you can save a lot of time by just painting the screen and its surroundings. The advantage of this one is its simplicity. Here’s how to do it:

Materials

  • Dark non-reflective paint for the wall (black or blue preferably).
  • Bright paint color for the screen (white matte works well).
  • A pencil.
  • Long ruler.
  • Duct or painter’s tape.
  • Paint rollers.
  • Sandpaper.
  • Primer.
  • Velvet border tape.

You may need to look for some of these materials in a hardware store. Overall, you shouldn’t spend too much time looking for them.

Step 1: Prepare the Wall

Now that you are ready with all the materials at hand, you should proceed by sanding the wall you’re painting. Remember to use a fine sanding paper if possible. This will help you prevent any damage to the wall while making sure you only get rid of the old paint, and that’s it. Once you finish with the sanding, keep going with the primer.

Here’s how to do this:

  • Smooth the wall surface with the sandpaper using circular movements. Try to remove the old paint as well as bumps, holes, cracks, and other imperfections.
  • Apply the primer once the whole wall or screen part is completely sanded. We recommend using two coats of primer for the best result.
  • Wait for the primer to dry off before you proceed with the next step.

This will ensure that you can make a bright screen with white paint on the wall.

Step 2: Set the Screen

After you’ve covered the wall with the primer, it is time to plan the screen. This will prevent you from painting the screen in a dark color, which eventually distorts or just doesn’t look well when the projector is working.

For this, you’ll need the projector working so you can decide on where you want the projection. Eventually, you’ll make the whole screen according to that decision. Here’s how to do this:

  • Grab the projector and focus the projection on the wall. Focus until you achieve an image that you like. Then pause the picture or let it work while you mark the borders of the display.
  • Mark these borders using a pencil and then placing a strip of painters or duct tape around. You should set a piece of tape on top, bottom, and sides of the projection.

Once you have this done, then you can proceed to paint the whole screen and wall accordingly.

Step 3: Paint the Wall

After setting up the screen, you should paint the wall. The whole focus is to highlight the screen from the wall surrounding it.

Here’s how to proceed:

  • Grab the dark paint and start painting all around the borders of the screen. Remember to follow the guidelines of the painters or duct tape. Try not to paint over or inside that.
  • Wait for the paint to dry off once then re-apply a second coat for the best results. This will make the wall less reflective and prevent inconsistencies.

Before starting with the next step, wait for the whole wall to dry completely. This could take up to 24 hours.

Step 4: Paint the Screen

By now, you are ready to start painting the screen. This will help you highlight and make it easy for the projector to create the image. Remember to have proper white paint like matte white for the best results. The brighter this paint is when compared to the wall paint, the better. Follow these steps for painting the screen:

  • Now that the painter’s tape marks the outside of the screen, you can now take it off completely. You’ll see how the screen differs from the wall paint. Now, you can start painting.
  • Apply the screen paint using a roller. Try to be as precise as possible, not to paint over the borders.
  • We recommend applying at least two coats of paint for the screen. This will ensure that you get the brightest display possible. The brighter the screen is, the better the projection will look.
  • Now, wait for the paint to dry off completely. This could take between 5 to 12 hours.
  • Once the paint is dry, you can stick the projector border tape precisely on the borders between the outside dark color and the screen paint. This will absorb any reflection and make the projection even better.

After doing all this, you will have your projector ready on your wall without having to use any frame. This is a simple yet hugely effective way to do so.

3. Hanging Projector Screen on Wall

For those who want a projector screen to take off and on when needed, the hanging option will come as a blessing. This is similar to the first method, but instead of making a permanent screen, you will have a more convenient option that you could install only when you want to watch movies.

Before starting, remember that this screen could take a lot of storage space, so make sure you can store it when needed. Then, you can begin.

Materials

This is a little more complicated process than previous methods, so you’ll need a few more materials. However, it is all worth it. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Wooden board for the frame (preferably pine wood). You will need two long ones for the bottom and top of the frame, and two small ones for the sides.
  • Screen material, thick white paper, blackout cloth, vinyl, tarpaulin are all excellent options. It should be large enough to be attached to the wooden boards.
  • Screws & nails.
  • Screwdriver.
  • Corner braces.
  • Picture hangers (at least 2).
  • A level.
  • A pencil.
  • Painter’s tape (optional).

Getting all these materials can take you some time. But don’t worry, it’s all worth it. You may need to go to the hardware store to gather them all. Do it and come back to keep arming your homemade projector screen.

Step 1: Find the Right Place

While it is not necessary to find a pre-set place for your screen, we recommend doing it so you can have a configuration before starting the building process. The place should be a living room, garage, or bedroom with enough space between a wall and the projector. The idea is that you can set-up the whole system easily.

Here’s how:

  • Find a wall that has enough space to fit your screen. For that, test the projector in the desired wall to use. The image should fit well and without any distortion.
  • Remember that the wall should have no portraits or decorative items so you can hang the screen more easily.
  • The projector should stand at no less than 10 feet from the screen. Follow the projector’s requirements and find the proper place accordingly.

This process is the start of measuring and planning. Without this process, you won’t be able to make your hanging projector screen.

Step 2: Measure the Screen & Frame

After you’ve found the perfect place, then you can proceed by measuring the screen and the frame. This process lets you know how you’re building the frame and for what type of screen. Here’s what to do:

  • Start a projection on the wall you picked, and test the image until it looks good enough for you. Here, use the measuring tape to know the size of the image from the sides and top & bottom.
  • Write the width and length of the whole display. You will make the screen according to the size of the projection with the highest quality image possible.

With the measurements written down, you’ll have the chance to proceed to build the frame and screen.

Step 3: Setting up the Frame

The frame is where you will install the screen. This will be the part that you can store and bring around to hang whenever you want to watch movies or just anything through the projector.

Here, you will have to make a squared frame following the measurements you took in the previous step. This way, you can make the perfect frame that matches your projection needs. Here’s how to do it:

  • Cut the boards following the measurements you took. Remember to be careful not to cut more than needed.
  • Once you have the boards or planks ready, you can place them together and use the corner braces to hook them up. The braces go where the boards meet each other. Screw them down together for better results. You can also use nails if needed.

Also, you can add as many screws and braces as needed. The purpose is to have a stable and sturdy frame that you can hang a screen on. If it feels sturdy and stable enough, then you can proceed.

Step 4: Install the Screen

Once you have the frame ready, then you can keep going with the screen. This will make the frame and screen that you can eventually hang and store easily. It is probably the hardest part of the whole process, so be careful and gentle. You won’t like to break the frame or rip the screen by mistake. Here’s how:

  • Grab the screen material you picked, and then lay it on the floor. Then place the frame on top of the screen until it looks centered over the screen material.
  • With the frame on top of the screen, you can now pull whatever is left of the screen over the borders (top, bottom, left, and right). Use a stapler, nails, or screws to fix the screen on the frame.
  • Every staple, screw, or nail should be 10 inches apart from the others. This will prevent the screen from being ripped and over-stretched.
  • Remember to keep the screen material as tight as possible as you secure it on the frame. You should have no wrinkles.
  • Once you’ve secured the screen on one side, then you can go to the other side and secure it with staples, nails, or screws once again. This time, try to place them at no less than 5 inches from each other.

By now, you should have the screen installed on the frame, secured, and ready for some movies. But there are still a few things to do.

Step 5: Add the Hanging Points

Before you can start using the projector, it is crucial to have the ideal place to hang the frame. Otherwise, you may end up with a distorted or inaccurate projection. You should focus on being as precise as possible here. Not only you will need to add the hanging points on the frame, but also on the wall – so focus on accuracy.

Here’s what you should do:

  • Turn the projector on. Test the image and see where it displays on the wall. Then, mark some points (at least two) on top of the image where you intend to hang the frame. The points should be at an ideal position so the frame can hang straight.
  • Following these points, install some nails or screws on the wall. They should be horizontal and placed evenly with each other. This way, the frame hangs as straight as possible. You can use the screwdriver here.
  • Then screw down some hangers into the frame of the screen. Make sure they fit the place where the nails/screws are on the wall.

These points will give you the perfect place for the frame to hang. Remember to draw a line between the two hanging points and making sure they are straight with each other. This will ensure that the frame hangs perfectly on the wall.

Step 6: Hang the Frame & Test

You have the frame with the hangers ready, and the wall also available to finish the process. Now, it is time to hang everything and check if the screen looks proper.

  • Proceed by hanging the screen and making sure it hangs straight. Use the level for this. Otherwise, you may need to change the position of the hangers.
  • Once the frame is straight on the wall, you can now turn the projector on and test if the image looks well.
  • If the image doesn’t fit on the screen, you can always try changing the projector settings or moving it back and forth. Otherwise, you may need to reinstall the frame.
  • After making sure everything fits well, you can start enjoying your hanging projector screen on the wall.

It is essential to take care of the screen as it is a fragile object. With the right use and care, you will have a super handy projector screen that you can hang up whenever you want to enjoy some movies or video games on your projector.

Conclusion

Creating a new screen for a projector won’t be an easy job. But it will be totally worth it.

To make it possible, you’ll have to follow this guide to the letter, depending on the type of screen you want to make. Try not to overlook any of the details and tips we have given here, and you’ll make it happen without any problem.

So, what are you waiting for? Start getting that projector screen on your wall and enjoy your favorite movies right away!

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