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Making a projector screen

Discussion in 'Home Cinema & Hi-Fi' started by alexthecheese, 4 Aug 2006.

  1. alexthecheese


    Joined: 10 Mar 2006

    Posts: 3,977

    Hi, sorry if this sounds ludicrous, but is it possible to make a projector screen out of a bunch of neatly-taped-together pieces of A4?!

    My dad has a projector downstairs but the screen that it projects on to is fastened firmly (no chance of moving :( ) onto the wall. Rather than go and buy one just for a weekend I was thinking of simply lining up some A4 paper, sticking it together from behind and then layering it up a couple of times so that you couldn't see through it.

    Thoughts? Am I a loon for contemplating it? I'm not interested that much in the picture quality, only that it serves as a better projector screen than the orange hideous wallpaper that asphyxiates the walls of my room.

    Thanks. :p
  2. nO}{8

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Jun 2004

    Posts: 1,569

    Location: in the clouds

    a white sheet would be much better, with a long peice of wood at the bottom to keep it taught. (like a broom handle)
  3. FNG


    Joined: 28 Dec 2002

    Posts: 634

    For a quick DIY screen the most accepted approach in the DIY community is blackout cloth stretched acorss a wooden frame. Yuo can get it from paces like this http://www.dunelm-mill.com/. Make sure you get the white one http://www.dunelm-mill.com/DunElmSite/product/305.htm.

    There are big forums all over the place about this, but the conclusion is nealry always the same. Another thing that is quite popular is paint mixes that perfrom a good job. However, these are nearly always American based paints and require spaying and for a weekend is proably a little too much :)
  4. mcmad


    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,572

    20 quid blackout blind from Ikea, I got one as a temp screen & still use it months later
  5. Jez


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 32,674

    I use a blackout blind too at the moment, no issues at all.

    For a really quick fix i guess a sheet would do, i wouldnt use A4, you will have shiney bits all over it, or if taped from the other side you will have lines everywhere :p
  6. tom_nieto


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 11,195

    Location: Birmingham

    I'm using a 2m blackout blind from ikea. Very good for the cash and it's lasted for 2 years, although we probably need another one now.
  7. cokecan


    Joined: 4 Jan 2004

    Posts: 7,662

    Location: Nottingham

    lol im using 2 of the ikea blackout blinds, a 160cm one and a 120cm one (depending on which way i have my room)

    they do work suprisingly well, though obviously nothing compared to a proper projector screen, does the job for very little cost
  8. squiffy


    Joined: 17 Mar 2006

    Posts: 9,155

    Wooden box frame, screen cloth, screen goo.
  9. Dimension


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 536

    Location: Bed's

    We used a bed sheet and broom handle when we went camping, it worked a treat.
  10. Jimbo Mahoney


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,417


    Am I the only one thinking camping + projector screen = WTF?

  11. nikebee


    Joined: 9 Nov 2004

    Posts: 14,003

    Location: Pembrokeshire

    same here LOL what the hell?? :eek: :p
  12. wolvotim


    Joined: 16 Oct 2004

    Posts: 734

    My mate just made a screen out of sheets of white laminated ply board (like the stuff you'd get on the back of an Ikea chest of draws). Looks superb and all for 10 quid.