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How to install a projector and screen

Nothing beats having your own home theatre right in the comfort of your living rooms. Watching films on movie screens at homes is as exciting as going to the cinema. Read how you can mount a projector and screen as a DIY project.

Steps to consider when mounting a projector and screen

Location of the screen The screen is the heart of your home theatre system. You can use any kind of screen and even whiteboards. There are many types of screens that are sold, from the screens that are fixed on stands to the more sophisticated, pricier electric screens. Look for a wall that is wide enough to host your cinema screens with a wall socket nearby to plug your HD projectors and electric screens. At worst, you can use your TV projector on a white, blank wall. Measure walls The next step is to measure the width and length of the wall where you will mount the screen. Typically, your video screens should not drop completely to the floor. Allow for at least half a metre distance between the edge of the screen and the floor. The same figures should be applied to the upper edge and sides of the screen. Imagine fixing a picture on a wall. It should be hanging straight and centred. Simulate how your projectors and screens would work before installing Test how your projection equipment would work on the large screens before mounting the projectors. Find a tall piece of furniture or boost its height with a pile of books and switch it on. The viewing experience is your guide to whether the height and placement of the screen is a comfortable position. If you experience stiff necks, then you have to move the projector further back or relocate sitting areas. Decide whether to use furniture or brackets Specific furniture dedicated to projectors and LCD TVs exists. It should be high enough for you to project an image across the screen. An easier option would be to purchase brackets for home projectors. These are used to support your equipment and to be fixed on walls. It saves space and secures your equipment. Shop for your brackets and furniture Now that you have measured and marked places for mounting, look for a suitable bracket or furniture. Install the pieces according to manufacturer's instructions with the help of someone.

Where to purchase projectors, screens and accessories

Projectors in the UK can be found in many electronics shops and department stores. To find good projector deals, browse online for the best prices. Alternatively, if you don't want the hassle of installing your own home theatre, look into projectors for hire.

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