How to Make a Roll Up Projector Screen

By Ashley Bustamante ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Measuring tape
  • PVC pipe
  • White fabric
  • String
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine or needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ceiling hooks (optional)
  • Drill

If you have looked into setting up a projector theater for your home, you have probably noticed that projectors are not cheap. Spending even more money buying a screen might not be possible for many people. Fortunately, it is not very difficult to build your own, and the price is a lot more wallet-pleasing. The steps below outline how to make a simple roll-up projection screen.

Measure the fabric you have selected to your desired screen size. Then measure about an extra 6 inches at the top and bottom. Carefully cut out the fabric.

Cut two pieces of PVC pipe to about 1 inch longer than the length of the screen. Place one pipe at the top of the fabric. Pull the top end of the fabric over the pipe so that it is completely covered, leaving a little extra room for stitching. Using either a sewing machine or by hand-stitching, make a seam that sews the pipe inside the fabric. So in essence, you should now have a tube in your fabric that the pipe can be slid into. Repeat this on the bottom of the fabric.

Take the ends of the fabric on each side of the pipe, and use hot glue to glue the fabric and the pipe together. Do this to the top and the bottom. This will prevent the fabric from sliding off of the PVC pipe.

Drill a small hole on each side of the top PVC pipe that is big enough for the string to fit through. Put the string through each hole, and tie a knot at the ends so that it will stay. This will allow you to hang the screen.

Place two ceiling hooks in the ceiling, spaced apart the width of the screen. You can use the string to hang the screen from the hooks. The screen can be taken down and rolled up for easy storage.

Tip

Use a fabric that is bright, stiff and smooth. This will allow images to show up better. Seamless paper can be used in place of fabric for a more temporary solution.

Warning

Don't drill the holes for your string too large, or the string may slip through, even after the knot is tied. Avoid using colored fabrics, as this will dull the image that is projected.