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Topic: Ceiling mounting a screen in the corner?
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Hi all,
I am looking to set up a projector at home. However, my townhouse living room doesn't have a good wall. The TV/audio system sits in the corner of the room and i was thinking that I would do a motorized screen mounted in front of the tv/speakers that would drop when i'm in theater mode. However, I'm curious if its possible/what a good way to mount a screen in the corner of the room. I assume based on the size of the screen and the angle that I will want to mount it, screwing into the joists will have a small likeliness of being just right... so, do you guys have any recommendations on mounting/screen solutions? Can I mount some kind of metal track to different joists and then attach the screen to that to allow flexibility in positioning? Do wall anchors work on ceilings? Should I throw the idea away completely?

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This is not something I see often, but I have seen on the commercial side of things. I can't imagine it to be significantly different for home use.

A great deal depends on the weight of your screen.

I'm not a huge fan of non-tensioned electric screens. They get waves in the material which detracts from viewing properly. That said, if your budget doesn't allow for a nice tensioned screen, then a standard manual screen can be had for a good deal less money overall, and will keep weight down.

I personally used a L-bracket on my wall (in white) that is used for shelving and I hung my last manual screen from that. I used wall anchors and it held up just fine. I think it was 3 or 4 wall anchors per L-bracket and there was one at each end of the screen. It pushed the screen out from the wall enough to clear the TV.

You could span ceiling studs with a standard 2x4 or other wood beam and paint it 'ceiling white' to match your ceiling, then drop the screen from chains. That will be extremely secure.

You could do similar on the walls. Span two studs with a piece of wood, then mount the screen to that span. You would need to do a bit of work on that to get it right, but it may provide the cleanest setup you could hope for.

There are always options, and they really are only limited by the amount of effort you are willing to put into it, but it will work for sure.
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