An in-ceiling projection screen is the ideal screen type, when you don’t want any equipment in sight. The best installation result comes from careful planning. It’s this planning that makes the installation trouble-free and prevents unexpected cost for modifications.
Pay attention to the following essentials and you’ll have a worry-free installation:
- Don’t forget the brackets. When it comes to providing drawings, a lot of suppliers will give you a cross section drawing of the case. But that’s not enough. You need to allow space above your false ceiling for the brackets too. Ask for these drawings too, so you can ensure the case fits – with the brackets included
- Keep the future in mind. You might not want a remote now, but you might want one in the future. That’s why it pays to have more space above your false ceiling than required for the screen itself. When more space is available, you can easily place a remote control receiver above the ceiling. That saves you from having it ruin the look of your room by being in plain sight.
- Make sure you know on which side the power cord is placed. You need to have power for your projection screen, so you need to make a connection. On a screen, it’s either on the left or the right hand side, at the end of the case. When you know in advance where this connection is, you can avoid having to re-position the electrical connections.
- Know where the fabric exits the screen. The fabric rolls out from either the front or the back of the case. When you have something on the wall, like a painting or a flat panel TV, you need some clearance. Otherwise the screen will hit the TV on its way down. Some manufacturers allow you to specify from where the screen rolls out. This is a great option, because it allows you to have enough clearance without having the screen come too much away from the wall.
- Make sure you know the cut out size. The cut out size is the size of the hole into which the case will be inserted. Your supplier will be able to give you this size and it’s important to stick to it as much as possible. That’s because the manufacturers include the overlap of the screen in the calculations. The overlap ensures a perfect match between the opening, the screen and the surrounding ceiling.
Stick to these 5 essentials and you’ll have a worry-free installation. If you don’t want to deal with all of this, that’s fine too. Just get yourself a professional installer who’ll do it for you.
He’ll know these things from experience and gives you a hands-off trouble free installation.
There’s only one thing he’ll need from you and that’s guidance. Because if you can’t tell him what you want, it’s hard for him to complete the job.
So it still pays to know these 5 elements, even if you’ll never do the job yourself.
As an award winning projection screen designer and founder of Beamax projection screens, Otto Tromm knows what matters when you want to get the most from your projection screen.
Otto focuses on an often overlooked aspect: projection screen industrial design. This focus results in projection screens that not only make the most of your projector, but complement your decor.