Attaching a Manual Screen to Your Ceiling

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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
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