You should boost the quality of your home cinema or theater with a projector. They’re one of the best displays you can get as long as you have space in your home to accommodate their large cinematic screens. With that said, you should also know how to install them.
Your best bet in getting that movie theater feel right at the comfort of your home is to know the best way to mount a Projector. This way, you can get to enjoy bigger images and clearer movement out of your TV or movie viewing sessions.
Further reading: What’s The Best Universal Projector Ceiling Mount?
How to Mount Your Home Projector Properly
Mounting your projector on your wall or ceiling should assist you in giving your home entertainment setup a professional and polished look. Furthermore, it’s quite the space saver! A projector screen might be wide and big, but it still covers less real estate than a smaller HDTV.
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When it comes to mounting on the ceiling or wall, you need to consider various measurements as well. This includes room size, screen size, and the throw distance of your projector (the distance between the projector and the screen that produces a projection that best fits the screen).
You should also read more about the device’s vertical offset, which is information that should be included in your instruction manual. Use the guidelines below in combination with the manual to ensure that your unit is correctly mounted on the wall or ceiling.
Decide on the Best Mount
Decide on which mount is the best mount relative to your room and projector type. There are various mounts to choose from, but the main two types are the ones you can attach to your ceiling and the ones you can attach to your wall.
Piping and Specific Projector Types
They often can include arms or piping that assist in adjusting the height of your image by physically moving the projector itself around. Mounts you can buy online tend to specify what size, weight, or type of projector they can hold. They can even mention specific models.
Online Mount Shopping
You should shop for mounts that are high quality and sturdy. Don’t settle for poor quality mounts that are likelier to drift or misalign themselves as time passes by. This will force you to adjust the projector image placement by keystone correction or lens shift. Find ones with high ratings on Amazon. Link here.
Adapters Might Be Called For
If you’re installing your mount on the ceiling, you might need adapters for it depending on what type of ceiling you have.
- A suspended ceiling kit is best used on a suspended ceiling or a ceiling that can’t support heavy loads because it’s dropped down from the structural joists.
- A cathedral ceiling adapter, meanwhile, is required for a high and arched ceiling type like those found in churches.
Attach the Mount to Its Place
Attach the right mount to the appropriate projector. Follow the steps that come with the mount kit. Before moving on to other instructions, you should double-check to ensure the mount plate is level with the display device after attachment.
Make sure the mount is linked to the projector prior to securing it to your ceiling or wall. You should also calculate the mount-to-lens distance. Adjust in accordance to the projector throw distance. The tape measure should assist in you regards to that endeavor.
Determine the distance between the lens and the center of the mount. Add this length to the acceptable throw distances between lens and screen. You need to take account of the mount length too.
For instance, if the mount-to-lens distance is 6 inches then aside from the 5 feet of throw distance you need to add half a foot into it or 5.5 feet.
Secure the Projector
Secure the projector using a stud finder. The finder is there to locate ceiling studs or joists. This ensures that your mount is hooked to a solid structure instead of crumbly empty drywall with no backing behind it.
Joist or Stud Installation via Lag Bolts
Secure your mount to the joist with a wrench, screwdriver, and twin lag bolts. The lag bolt is also known as lag screws. They’re fasteners or mount anchors with threaded, cylindrical shafts and hexagonal heads.
Lag bolts can be screwed to wood directly. They can even be screwed unto concrete when used with a lag insert (hence them being called lag bolts). A typical projector installation makes use of lag bolts measuring 7.6 centimeters or 3 inches long and 7.9 millimeters or 0.3125 inches wide.
Your installation manual might specify a different lag bolt measurement though.
What If There Are No Studs or Joists?
If you can’t access joists within the location you’ll hang or mount your projector on then you should reconsider moving into another spot or install a piece of wood that spans the space between the nearest joists and create a bridge or extra joist there.
If you have an attic above you, hide the wood inside the ceiling. Otherwise, use a presentable piece of wood to make the mounting of your projector look as professional as possible. Regardless, you’ll need to drill and anchor that 2×4 wood then screws your mount unto that.
The ABCs of Cable Management
Secure the cables attached to your projector. Your projector manual will tell you what each cable is for and where to place them.
You might want to buy cord covers or wire molds to assist your cables in blending with the wall. There’s nothing uglier than a projector with wires or cables strewn about as though it’s a Sci-Fi piece of gadgetry or something.
You want your projector and its cables to camouflage themselves seamlessly with the rest of your room’s interior decoration or design as they run with the wall and reach your power outlet or receiver. Your local hardware store should have these cable management accessories regardless.
Points to Ponder
One way to help you decide the best mounting setup for your device is by checking whether or not there are any obstructive furniture pieces or structures on the wall between it and its screen.
There are indeed multiple ways to mount your projector just as there are multiple ways to mount your projector screen. Just don’t forget to drill unto the joist in case you’re doing ceiling mounting or require additional ceiling support for your projector mount the best.
- Jason Philip, “How to Mount a Projector“, WikiHow.com, July 10, 2020
- Image Credit: By Elvis Ripley on flickr.com.