When it comes to having the best home theater experience, nothing can beat the projector. While there are now large TVs, the projector’s screen size, as well as the feel of the cinema it offers, remains unmatchable. Now, before you can start binge-watching, you first need to learn how to fit a projector ceiling mount.
Projectors are popular among home theater owners because they not only offer a much larger screen size and mimic the feel of the cinema, but they are also much more affordable compared to large-sized TVs. For example, a 72-inch TV from Samsung can cost you north of USD 7,000. Expensive, isn’t it? Hence, the popularity of projectors and projector screens.
Even when you can place the projector on your table, for the best experience, as well as to add a professional and sleek look to your home theater, mounting your projector to the ceiling is still the best option. In this way, you also don’t have to worry about making space for the projector in your home theater.
The problem with placing the projector on the ceiling is that the process is not very simple. You not only have to find a good ceiling mount for your projector but also need to look into some calculations such as the throw distance, room size, screen size, and the projector’s vertical offset.
Yes, that’s right. You can’t just decide a place at your ceiling for the mount. What you need are precise calculations to find the best possible space on your ceiling that can cover the screen exactly where you want it.
First of all, you want to choose the wall you want your projector to point at, or in simple words, your screen wall. The best option is to choose a wall that doesn’t have any direct light, as the light can distort the image produced by the projector. If your home theater has curtains, choose blackout curtains for the windows to keep the room dark.
Next is to decide about the screen height from the floor as you have to place the projector according to the height of your screen. You also need to calculate the screen size that you want your projector to cover in terms of width and height. In most cases, ceiling-mounted projectors can produce 100-inch of an image.
For finding the best place for the ceiling mount, you need to calculate the throw distance, which is the distance between the projector’s lens and the screen. To calculate throw distance, you need to find the throw ratio for your particular projector. You can find it in the instruction manual.
The formula to calculate throw distance is:
Throw Ratio x Screen Width = Throw Distance
For example, if the throw ratio is 1.5:1 to 2:1, and your screen width is 100 inches, then you can calculate the throw distance using the above formula.
1.5 x 100 = 150 inches
2 x 100 = 200 inches
So, you get the range of 150 inches to 200 inches to place your projector from the screen.
Other things you need to decide about before finding the best place for your ceiling mount are access to power outlets and other cables, seating and viewing position, and image preference.
Before learning how to fit a projector ceiling mount, you also need to decide about the mount you want to buy. There are adjustable mounts as well as fixed ceiling mounts. However, we recommend you to buy an adjustable mount that allows you room to make further changes to your screen size.
Also, make sure the mount is sturdy that it can easily support the weight of your projector for a long time. Some poor-quality mounts also drift with time, and that can ruin all your calculations.
Lastly, you also need to choose between the options for dropped-down ceiling or cathedral ceiling and may have to buy separate adapters for both.
To fit the mount to the ceiling, first, you need to adjust the projector with the mount. For that, the first step is to secure the projector interface plate with the help of screws to your projector.
You also need to make sure that the mounting plate is perfectly leveled with the projector; otherwise, you may risk a tilted or out-of-alignment screen. Before mounting it to the ceiling, you need to make sure that the projector is perfectly attached and secure.
Then, calculate the mount to projector lens distance and measure the throw range again. You have to make calculations according to the height of the projector lens, not the actual height of the ceiling where the mount is placed. Now, you can secure and attach the mount to the ceiling.
You can use a stud finder to find the ceiling stud. Make sure you find it within the throw distance range. Most of the mounts can be attached to the stud using a screwdriver, two lag bolts, and a wrench.
Lag bolts are used to secure the mount to the ceiling. These come with hexagonal heads, flat design, and threaded shape with cylindrical shafts. You can screw them into the wood. If the ceiling is made of concrete, you can use a lag to screw them into the hard concrete. In most cases, these bolts are three inches in length.
And, that’s it! All it takes to mount the projector to your ceiling is attaching the projector first to the mounting plate, and then attaching and securing the mount to the ceiling with the lag bolts. The end result would be sturdy enough even to secure heavy projectors to the ceiling.
All you need is to make sure that the power outlet is near the mount in order to keep all the cables in one place. The most important things are calculating the throw distance and your screen size and finding the best spot for the projector ceiling mount.