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Attaching a Manual Screen to Your Ceiling

Elite Screens' Blog Team

Elite Screens' Blog Team

Our service team can offer basic tips to give you ideas on how to properly mount your projector screen. Sometimes, even a home improvement professional calls in fishing for useful tips that we are glad to provide.

*The discussion below is based on actual chat transcripts with the omission of any personal/confidential material to protect the customer’s privacy. An example in this case is to change the contact’s identification name/number to “Customer” or a generic name.



[22:39]        Rick: Hello my name's Rick how may I help you.

[22:39] Customer: Hi, I just bought Elite Screen Manual Series 106" 16:9 (HDTV) aspect ratio

[22:40] Customer: I am planning to hang from ceiling

[22:40] Customer: What tips do you have for me to install my screen?

[22:42] Customer: I have already looked at some online sites so I have a bunch of different brackets to choose from.

[22:42]        Rick: This particular model comes with a D ring on the end cap that will allow you to hang it but it’s always best to ask us -  the manufacturer, if your screen is compatible with whatever 3rd party bracket you have in mind.  I have some easy solutions.

[22:43] Customer: Which is best? Across the ceiling joists or parallel to them?

[22:45]        Rick: Chances are that your endcaps will not perfectly align with the joists if you are installing across them so I recommend a parallel installation; not between joists but into one. When bearing the full load of a ceiling projector screen, it’s best to mount directly into the structural framework.  A straight drywall installation may eventually give out under the screen’s weight.

[22:46]        Rick: If you are installing across, I recommend crafting a wood fascia at least 1” thick, attaching it at a right angle to your joists and then mounting your screen to it. This way, you are providing a stronger more stable installation and looks professional. You don’t want to just nail a slab of wood to the ceiling; I always recommend making it look nice and professional.

[22:48] Customer: I see what you mean.  Either way, all I would need are eye bolts, chain and/or S-hooks or a similar fastener.

[22:49]        Rick: That is correct. I always recommend talking to a home improvement specialist to make it pretty.

[22:50] Customer: I appreciate that Rick but I am a home improvement pro.  I was just fishing for answers on if this is going to be a simple or complex operation.

[22:51]        Rick: Okay, great.  Well I hope my advice helped.

[22:52] Customer: You did and I appreciate it.  Thanks again.

[22:53]        Rick: My pleasure.  Thank you for choosing Elite Screens