How to make your own projector screen

Do you want to avoid wasting money on commercial projector screens or need help finding the perfect size for your home theater setup? Making your projector screen can be a cost-effective and customizable solution. This blog post will walk you through how to make your projector screen at home.

Materials Needed:

  1. A roll of white, matte projector screen material (available at most home improvement or electronic stores)
  2. A frame to hold the screen material (you can use PVC pipes, wood, or metal, depending on your preference)
  3. Screws or brackets to secure the frame
  4. A measuring tape
  5. A staple gun

Measure and Cut the Screen Material

Use your measuring tape to measure the dimensions of your frame and add an extra couple of inches to allow for proper tension and sagging. Cut the screen material to size using a sharp utility knife or scissors.

Assemble the Frame

Follow the instructions for your chosen frame material to assemble the frame. Make sure the frame is sturdy and secure.

Attach the Screen Material to the Frame

Lay the screen material flat on a clean, smooth surface. Place the frame on top of the screen material, leaving a few inches of excess material on each side. 

Start at the center of the frame and use the staple gun to secure the screen material to the frame, working your way outwards and pulling the material taut as you go. Make sure to staple the corners and edges well to avoid any sagging or wrinkles.

Mount the Screen

Decide on a location to mount your projector screen, considering the distance from your projector and the viewing angle. Use screws or brackets to attach the screen to the wall or ceiling. Make sure it is level and straight.

Test Your Screen

Now it’s time to test out your homemade projector screen! Turn on your projector and adjust the focus and zoom as needed. Sit back and enjoy your movie or presentation on your newly made projector screen.


Making your projector screen can be a fun and rewarding DIY project, allowing you to customize the size and shape of your screen to fit your specific needs. Following these simple steps and using suitable materials can create a high-quality projector screen to enhance your movie or presentation experience.


Can I use any material for my projector screen?

It’s important to use a white, matte screen material specifically designed with projectors. This material will reflect the projected image evenly and avoid color distortion or oversaturation. Other materials, such as bed sheets or regular paint, may provide a different level of image quality.

Can I make a portable projector screen?

You can make a portable projector screen using a lightweight and collapsible frame, such as one made from PVC pipes or aluminum. You can also use Velcro or snaps to attach the screen material to the frame, making it easy to disassemble and transport.

Can I use my homemade projector screen outside?

It’s generally not recommended to use a projector screen outside as the ambient light can interfere with the projected image. However, if you want to use your screen outdoors, you can use an outdoor projector screen material designed to block out excess light. Remember that even with a specialized outdoor screen, you may still need some help with image quality due to changing lighting conditions.

Can I use my homemade projector screen with any projector?

Yes, you can use your homemade projector screen with any projector as long as it is compatible with the screen size and aspect ratio. Remember that some projectors may have a limited throw distance, so you’ll want to ensure the screen is placed at the appropriate distance from the projector.

Can I paint my homemade projector screen a different color?

While you can technically paint your screen a different color, it is not recommended as it can affect the quality of the projected image. The best material to use for a projector screen is a white, matte screen material that is specifically designed for use with projectors. 

This material will reflect the projected image evenly and avoid color distortion or oversaturation.

Can I use my homemade projector screen for front and rear projection?

It is possible to use your homemade projector screen for both front and rear projection, but it may require adjustments to the screen material and frame. For front projection, the screen material should be placed on the same side of the frame as the projector. 

For rear projection, the screen material should be placed on the opposite side of the frame as the projector, with the frame being transparent or made of a perforated material. Remember that the screen material used for rear projection should be designed for this purpose, as regular screen material may not allow the projected image to be visible from the front.

How do I clean my homemade projector screen?

To clean your homemade projector screen, turn off the projector and allow the screen to cool down. Gently dust the screen using a soft, dry cloth. If there are any stains or marks on the screen, you can use a mild cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth to gently wipe the screen, being careful not to apply too much pressure or scrub too hard. Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals, as these may damage the screen material.

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