How to Ceiling Mount a Projector (8 Easy Steps)

Are you planning to mount a projector screen on the ceiling and confused whether you should do it or not? Let’s not be confused anymore and let me help you in decision making.

So, the projector in a home theatre gives larger images with a well-balanced sound system. But to create a home theater, people often buy a projector package.

In this article, we are going to talk about every nook and corner of the steps and stages of mount a projector screen on the ceiling.

Ceiling Type

There are several ceiling types for the different mounting systems. You should know about it that will help you to select mount type.

  • Cathedral – High rise ceilings
  • Structural – A non-cathedral ceiling about eight feet high.
  • Suspended – Ceiling tile system in a business typesetting

Mount Type

There are three types of mount system. One type of mount is good for one type of ceiling. You have to choose any one of them according to your ceiling status.

  • Cathedral Ceiling Adapter
  • Round Ceiling Adapter
  • Suspended Ceiling Kit

Do you like to set flush mount or suspend the projector from the ceiling? Flush mounting allows approximately four to six inches distance between the ceiling and the projector.

Flush mounting used for both structural and suspended applications but it can’t be used in the cathedral mounting system.

Equipment for Ceiling Mount Projector

Several types of equipment need to set up the projector. You have to collect the materials and equipment before starting the mount projector ceiling process.

  • A long HDMI switcher cables
  • Power supply cable
  • Fabric screen

If your projector package doesn’t contain an HDMI cable, you have to buy it from your nearest store. Though its price depends on quality it is nearest $10 in

May the power supply cable include on your projector package. You don’t have to think about it. Whether you can use a fabric screen to create an attractive film that doesn’t reflect.    

How to Ceiling Mount a Projector

Step-1 Locate the screen location

This is the first step to set up theater appliances. At first, you need to decide where you locate the projector screen. Determining the decision is not a simple task.

Here you have to be careful to place the screen in the wall where no light falls directly.  Because more light effect ruin the projector throwing image. These lights cannot be controlled in a simple way. Whether you have faced the issue you can use the projector screen that rejects the light reflection.

This isn’t enough to decide the screen location. You have to consider many other things below to select the screen location that will make n appropriate theater in your home.

Screen height

Screen height completely depends on your room design. There is a great opportunity to place it anywhere.  But you may think to set up the screen on your room wall. This is the correct decision. 

Besides it, you have to consider the chair row on your how theater. If there have a couch and several chairs 24 to 36 inches is the perfect size for your home theater.

  • If you have multiple rows in your room, you need to place the screen a bit higher so that people who aren’t in the front row can watch properly whatever images or films on the screen.
  • Moreover, you have to consider the screen height from the floor. It will also depend on your Design refers to the height of the room. Set the screen in a comfortable location according to the room height.

Know the screen Size

Before selecting the location, you must consider the screen size. There is a difference in screen size in different projectors. You have to know your projector screen size then you have to think about the height and width where you wish to watch the pictures.

So, you need to calculate the measurement. However, it is comfortable to keep it almost 8.33 feet or 254 cm. hopefully, it will create high-quality images.

Determine the distance throw your projector

It is a deal between the projector lens and the screen. You need to estimate the distance according to the procedure through ratio. Here you have to consider the sitting place, visual preferences, and etc to create a safe space in front of the screen.

  • Whether, you have a 100-inch screen and the throw ratio range of 1.4:1 – 2.8:1, you can allocate your projector and the screen anywhere between 140 and 280 in. (355.6 -711.2 cm, or 11.67- 23.33 ft.) The estimate looks like 4 x 100 in. = 140 inches (using the 1.4:1 ratio as an example)
  • You can also use the formula in the opposite way. Whether you would like to choose a screen size that suits where you want to allocate the screen according to your throw distance. follow this formula below. Throw distance ÷ throw ratio = screen width.
  • Suppose you want to mount the projector 16 feet away from the screen, and this projector has a throw ratio of 1.4:1-2.8:1. You can use the lower ratio (1.4:1) as an example; you can divide 16 ft by 1.4, which made your screen size of 11.43 ft. (137.16 in.). And given the highest throw ratio of 2.8:1, you can actually choose a larger screen size between 5.71 (68.52 in.) and 11.43 ft.

Vertical placement

This is a great deal to set up the screen. Vertical placement prefers the height with lens throwing offset. You need to calculate the formula below. Screen width x offset = distance of up or down from the screen center.

However, 1.78:1 is the ideal ratio for HD screens. This will provide the appropriate image height on your screen.

Horizontal lens shift

Horizontal lens shift also a deal to set up the screen. You need to calculate the lens horizontal placement with the formula below. The formula is Screen width x offset = distance of left or right from the center of the screen.

However, there is an ideal ratio of about 1.78:1 for the horizontal lens shift.

Step-2 Locate the projector location

Hopefully, you will be able to select the projector location according to the procedure above. These terms have helped to locate the appropriate location. Now mark the location with a marker. Moreover, mark the bracket screw holes with the marker pen or color pen that will visible for a while.

Be careful to mark them, because a screw in the wrong position will make a big hassle to mount the projector properly.

Step-3 Make necessary holes

This is a simple deal to ceiling mount projector. Make the holes on the marking point with a power drill machine. There is a different screw size in different projector brackets. You ought to use the appropriate size drilling pin according to the screw size. That will help you to screw the bracket very easily.

Be conscious to make holes according to the marking point. A hole in the wrong place or a hole with irrelevant size, cause to make an issue on mount projector ceiling.

Step-4 Mounting the bracket on the ceiling

In this stage, you need to attach the upper section bracket on the ceiling. Screw the bracket on the ceiling with its screws. Here you can follow their instructions to screw it on the ceiling.

Step-5 Set the Bracket to the projector

Now a day, most of the projector comes with its own bracket. Whether your projector package doesn’t contain the bracket, you need to buy a projector bracket from the nearest store. That will assure a sturdy mount. Moreover, it will ensure that the projector won’t deflect from its position for long term usage.

Now, screw the bracket with your projector. There is complete instruction included on your bracket package. You can follow the guideline to screw it easily.

Step-6 Secure the projector on the ceiling

This is times to place the projector on the exact location. Place the bracket with each other with its screw. Screw them tightly with a screwdriver so that it doesn’t fall down for its long life.

After completing the task, you should check the join and its screw.

Step-7 Hook the Cables

 This is the last step to ceiling mount projector. If your projector is far from the main power supply, you have to hook up the power extension cables. Also, you have to use a long HDMI cable to create the neatness setup. Hook the cables according to the instruction.

Lastly, you can hide the cables with a pipe or a decorative process. That will bring an extra attraction in your theater room.

Let’s end the full process.

Step-8 Turn on the projector and adjust its setting

It is high time to turn on the projector. Let’s connect it with the main power supply and turn on it. Then follow their instructions to adjust its settings manually.

There is a complete guideline to adjust the Zoom, lens shift, and focus. Follow the instruction manual and set your desired contrast, brightness, and color on the projector.

Zooming and Focusing

Zooming is one of the most effective settings to enjoy the entertainment session. You can change the focusing and zooming image on the screen by modifying the lens ring like your digital camera.

You can make the image large or too small. It will depend on your preferences. You should keep a 100% ratio or more than that to make appropriate pictures on the screen.

Final Verdict

Though we explain it as easy to ceiling mount projector, it isn’t a simple task to set up the projector by the unprofessional people like you.

Hopefully, you will be able to complete the task by following the process. Whether you face any kind of hassle to complete the set up it, you can hire a professional to set the issue.

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