How to Build a Projector Screen Frame

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Updated December 8, 2022

The process of learning how to build a projector screen frame is pretty simple. A finished-edge screen is always going to look more refined. Then, you can use a flat-screen or make your own curved projector screen. Once you have the screen height and size figured out, you’re ready to use the best projectors to their fullest potential.


  • First, you’ll need to measure the screen fabric and see what you need for frame dimensions before you begin building.
  • Next, you’ll need to choose the frame material, which usually comes down between a wooden or PVC frame.
  • Always locate the appropriate wall studs when you hang your affordable screen since doing otherwise can cause damage to your home.

Building a DIY Projection Screen Frame

You can turn that cheap DIY screen into your dream screen in a few simple steps. While wide varieties of options are great, they aren’t strictly necessary. You don’t need infinite raw materials to build your dream screen.

On the other hand, you will need proper placement of your projector to your screen, which can be done with lens shift. To learn more, read our guide on what is lens shift on a projector.

Insider Tip

Watch out for sharp corners while working on DIY projects, and use hand protection when necessary.

To continue the theme of DIY projects, it’s never a bad idea to learn how to hang a projector screen.

Building a DIY Projection Screen Frame

After picking out your projection screen material, the next step is building a beautiful frame for it. The screen size will matter a great deal. Always purchase or create a screen before getting a frame ready for it.

Once you’ve built your frame, you should continue your research. Asking, “What is a projector color wheel?” and “How do projectors work outside?” will help you achieve the highest image quality possible.


Figure out the dimensions of your screen. Measure the screen height that you’ve chosen. Then, measure the width. This will give you your overall screen size.


After this, you’ll need to figure out how big the frame for your finished-edge screen should be. You’ll simply take the dimensions from your screen and add on any extras. This includes velvet trim.


Cut PVC or wood strips to the correct dimensions. You should have four pieces of wood that fit perfectly together. Put these pieces of wood aside for now.


You’ll now make more PVC or wood strips. These will attach to the top and bottom of the frame and provide stability to the frame projector screen.


Begin drilling and putting together all of the different pieces. Be careful during this process not to hurt yourself, and wear PPE when necessary. Eye protection is never a bad idea.


Once you have everything securely attached, you have a custom projector screen frame ready to use. Your new frame projector screen will provide that classic movie theater look you’ve been dreaming about.


What projector screen material is best?

That depends on the type of screen you’re going for. For DIY projector screens, these are all acceptable materials:

  • Light bed sheet
  • Blackout curtain
  • White sheet

How do I create the perfect backyard theater?

A backyard theater is about more than just fun movie nights viewed on a backyard movie screen. To have an amazing movie night, you need to understand quite a bit. Once you learn about technicalities like aspect ratio, your backyard theater will be easier to create.

Can I use a white wall for my projection screen?

A white wall won’t be the best for image quality. However, it’ll work just fine in a pinch. You can also use a white sheet, so long as you keep the screen fabric taut.

STAT: Projection screens may be permanently installed, as in a movie theater; painted on the wall;[1] or portable with tripod or floor rising models as in a conference room or other non-dedicated viewing space. (source)

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