News – The $100 Projector Screen

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Can you really get a quality projector screen for around $100? The folks over at Projector Central think so. Their step-by-step guide walks you through the entire process for using paint to create your own DIY projector screen. The results are surprisingly good, ending up with a screen comparable to the Studiotek 100 which retails for about $1300. 

While the results were impressive, the author stresses that enthusiasts with high-end projectors should forgo the DIY route and invest in a higher quality screen. What do you think? Would you do-it-yourself, or is a professional screen the only way to go big? Let us know in the comments, and check out the article link after the break.

Once we were satisfied with the particular Sherwin-Williams paint, we stopped evaluating other products. When we hold the board with this paint up against the Studiotek, it virtually vanishes.

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  • I built a frame and hung

    I built a frame and hung on it.  It’s running at 120″ and looks good to my eyes.  I considered going the painting route but so glad I went with a homemade screen when I changed furniture around and swapped the wall the screen was on.

    • That is nice, good option as

      That is nice, good option as well.

      • The key I found to it was to

        The key I found to it was to intially hold the screen on the frame using push pins.  It kept streching some for about a week, so daily I had to strech it a bit more and redo the pins.  After it stopped streching and was nice and smooth, I broke out the staple gun.

        • Thanks for the comments and

          Thanks for the comments and the tips. Stretching is one thing many people don’t think about when putting together a cloth screen. The push pins are a great idea for overcoming that issue!

          • That screen mainly worked

            That screen mainly worked well for me because 120″ was the most I could push the image size given the rooms dimensions with the throw fully zoomed out.  The projector can do 300″ and I so wish I had a larger area and vaulted ceilings to be able to run it even bigger.

            I’m curious what everyone else does for ambient light.  I’ve got some cheap blackout curtains hung up and they do the job but they don’t look super pretty.

          • Elite Screens makes

            Elite Screens makes this Ambient Light Rejecting Screens. But I am lucky the place I have my projector only has one window that is conveniently under my deck.