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DIY Curved Projector Screen – How To Make One

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Learning how to make a curved projector screen allows you to have the massive screen of your cinema dreams without the huge price tag. You can take a flat projector screen within a few minutes and turn it into a curved movie screen. You may need to adjust the lens shift on the projector to improve the picture on your new curved screen. 


  • Creating a homemade curved screen requires a few specialty items but is a relatively simple process as long as you’re okay with using power tools. 
  • You’ll need to use black velvet or similar dark material to line the screen; otherwise, awkward gaps will be seen below and above the screen.
  • This DIY project has a moderate score for difficulty because it requires measurements, a saw, and an understanding of basic projector technology.

There are tons of options on the market, like short- and long-throw projectors and WiFi projectors. The best projectors are those that fit your lifestyle and needs. Just make sure you pay close attention to throw distance so you can find a suitable model.

What is a Curved Screen Projector?

Creating a curved projection screen only takes a few minutes, and this type of screen is a perfect complement to throw projectors with special lenses made for cinema. If you’re wondering, “Great, but what is a projector, exactly?” we have the perfect article to answer that question.

On the other hand, you’ll probably not need to know how to fix a retractable projector screen if your curved screen is fixed.

How to Make Your Curved Projector Screens

Keep technical ideas like trapezoidal distortion in mind when building the massive screen of your dreams. Projector throw distance should also be a consideration. If you’re interested in something easy to travel with, asking, “What is a portable projector?” is an excellent place to start. And, if you want to know can any projector do rear projection, this guide will help you find out.

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Figure out the type of screen material you’ll be using. A white sheet of polycarbonate is perfect, so long as you provide a black velvet finish.


Do some quick math to calculate the desired curve for your projector model. Mark the measurements, but not on the actual projector screen material. Instead, mark the wood, so you know where to attach it.


Once measurements are marked, begin fitting the flat screen to your wooden or aluminum frame border. If you don’t have an existing frame, you can build a projector screen frame fairly easily. Consider the diagonal size you’d like the curved projection screen to be. You’ll line up the sides of the polycarbonate sheet to the measurements.


Use your saw to make any necessary adjustments. Once you’re happy with the results, use your screws to complete installing the sheet to your frame.


Take the black velvet and install it evenly as a border. The goal is to fill in awkward gaps so that your curved projection screen doesn’t have empty spaces. This will also help absorb ambient light.


You have now taken your flat projector screen and turned it into a curved screen design. These elite screens are far better than the flat projector screen you’re used to. You can now use your anamorphic lens to watch your favorite movies.


Does the curved display provide an immersive experience?

Curved screen displays provide an immersive experience like no other. Wider screens are used in movie theaters for this reason. Always include one in your dream home theater creation process.

Do you need a particular projector for a curved screen?

Not really. Almost any projector will work on both a flat projection screen and a curved display. Use an Atmos theater system for a better experience in your custom home theater room.

Will wider screens provide better picture quality?

Generally speaking, yes. A widescreen provides a seamless image that fills your peripheral vision. This provides a beautiful viewing experience to an audience.

STAT: In just five years in the early 1950s, the proportion of American households with a television increased from 8 to 64%. (source)


Different screen sizes require different projectors, so make sure you look into the aspect ratio of each and ensure the two systems are compatible.

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