5 Ways to hide a projector screen
Projector screens can be almost invisible when not in use.
Often the perception of a cinema room is a mass of electronic hardware. An ugly projector screen on the wall and a projector bolted to the ceiling dominate the space. This simply does not have to be the case though. If you want to turn your regular lounge into a home cinema system then you will want a discrete system.
This is where hiding your projector screen is essential. For this, to work, you need to select a motorised projector screen, which can retract back into the housing. We have a range of different sizes of motorised screens available depending on your room size ranging from 68" up to 131".
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There are many different ways of hiding your screen so that it is only visible when required. Your choice will very much depend on your particular application and the stage at which you are in your project. Take a look at some of the most popular methods below. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01952 898 533.
Methods of Concealing the screen
1. Coffered Ceiling
One of the most popular ways to hide a projector screen is in a coffered/tray ceiling. The reason this is such a common solution is that it creates a truly beautiful architectural feature in a home. It fits in with modern décor and can mean that your original ceiling can remain.
Many people use the drop ceiling to install recessed lighting to add mood lighting. This type of ceiling can be created during home renovations the only requirement is for a decent original ceiling height. The great thing about this type of installation is that it is easy to create a big enough space to conceal the electrics involved with the motorised projector screen.
If you choose you can also utilise the coffered ceiling to hide your projector using a motorised projector lift. This way your entire home cinema system can be recessed in the ceiling.
2. Flush Ceiling
If you are creating a home cinema room from scratch as part of a new build, extension or conversion then you have the option of fitting the projector within the ceiling. A flush ceiling finish is often the most unobtrusive solution and ideal if ceiling heights are low.
Our projector screens come with fixing plates which lie above the ceiling and a screen case which sits below to ensure a smooth sleek finish. Alternatively you can plaster the screen in to give and even more concealed finish.
3. Boxing In
If you want to add a projector to an already completed room then there are still options. One, which has been popular with our customers, is creating a box out. Some customers like this one even complete the look with coving. You can see that this creates a really attractive finish without having to alter existing ceilings.
Electrics will still need to be fitted therefore some alterations to existing décor may be required but these are minimal compared to the other options.
4. Within Shelving
Another way of hidding a projector screen is within a bespoke shelf or shelving unit. This means there is no cutting into ceilings or major work you will just need to either create a bespoke shelf to house the projector screen or modify and existing piece of furniture.
5. Recess into Door voids
If you are looking to box out the screen but want it to be less noticeable then try utilising existing voids such as the way this customer has done with his bifold doors. By boxing out infront of the alrady visual step back of the doors it is much less noticeable than the coving or coffered ceiling options. We have also had customers who have utilised internal doors/openings to conceal their projector screens. The possibilities really are endless and will depend entirely on your room design.
If you need help finding the best solution for your room then you can send us over your room plans by using the get a quote button below, or if you would like to see our screens in action then book a demo.
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Some more helpful information about Projector Screens
Our projector screens have been specifically developed to have minimum visual impact.
By eliminating the need for a trap door with the world’s thinnest weight bar you can be sure the screen will only be seen when you want it to be. At only 11cm high they are the most compact ceiling screens available.
We supply a stencil with our projectors, this makes installation a breeze as you can simply mark out the hole needed and all of the drill holes required. Our fixing frame comes with sticky pads, which you can press, into position ready for securing the projector in place. Our unique mounting system means you don’t even have to paint the ceiling after fitting the screen as the screen case ensures a sleek finish.
If you would like further installation advice then please speak to us on 01952 898 533 or you can find one of our approved installers here.
Choose your Projector Screen Size
Check out our blog on how to choose your projector screen size for your home cinema. Click here to take a look.