Hey friends. Are you looking for a great DIY (do-it-yourself) project that you can share with your family and/or friends? Well, look no further. I am about to share a new project for you guys with this projector ceiling mount. It’s great for interactive night time movies! With how much fun this DIY is, all of your family members and friends will love this DIY project.
Ceiling-mounting a projector is a simple and inexpensive way to get the most out of your new HD projector. And you don’t even have to call an expensive professional or even purchase expensive mounts!
Before You Build – Things To Consider
Tools & Materials
Depending on the kind of projector ceiling mount you want to build you will need a couple of tools and materials. Although each tutorial has its unique set of gears, below are some basic things to have; Projector, Mount Kit, Ladder or Step Ladder, Drill, Screwdriver, Wrench or Allen Wrench, Tape Measurer, Pencil, with these you should be able to set up your projector ceiling mount.
Some projects require power tools. If you have never handled power tools, seek professional help, and also put on some protective gear. Sharp objects or tools can harm you, be careful while using them. If you are a beginner, it is recommended to start with simple projects.
Depending on how your room is laid out, you might not have much option as to where the screen should be placed, but if you can, place it away from any walls that receive direct sunlight because this will prevent the image on the screen from seeming washed out. Calculate the throw distance for your projector.
The throw distance is the measurement made between the projector’s lens and the screen. For projectors without optical zoom, the throw ratio should be given in the instruction book as either a single value or a range of numbers.
Install A Power Outlet
Mounting your projector on the ceiling without considering a power outlet is a bad idea. Projectors require a power source, check for outlets in the space where you want to install and make sure the projector is a bit close to the outlet. If you have an attic, you could get a long cable and run it all the way to the outlet or simply purchase a trunking pipe and run the wire to an outlet inside the house.
Projectors With No Zoom
It is much more crucial to make sure that you put your projector exactly where it is advised to be mounted if your projector lacks optical zoom because you will need to physically move the projector closer or farther to change the image size.
Here’s an easy method for a low-cost projector ceiling mount. To learn the locations of the mounting holes, get the projector layout and CAD drawings from the manufacturer’s website or take your own measurements. On a piece of stiff plastic or metal board, mark the holes.
Make holes in the board, then mount the projector to it. Between the board and the projector, place some spacers. Trim the board as little as you can to prevent it from obstructing the projector’s heat. This technique uses a piece of FR-4 board that is 3mm thick.
To mount the hinge, drill two holes into one end of the pipe. The hinge is mounted to the mount board by drilling two holes in the center of the board. To prevent the pipe from striking the mount board when the hinge rotates, place a 10mm plastic block in the middle.
Put the pipe in place at the floor flange. Hold everything in place under the ceiling. Set the screen’s distance from the projector and hinge angle for the Y position before turning on the projector. Make a note of where the flange’s mount hole is located on the ceiling.
Remove the flange and attach it to the ceiling using screws and drywall anchors. Reposition the projector to the flange. The ceiling mount is now complete. To change the position of the image on the screen, you can rotate the pipe and alter the angle of the hinge.
- LDR Industries 1/2 in. Black Iron Floor Flange
- Crown Bolt M5-0.8 x 16 mm Zinc-Plated Pan-Head Phillips Drive Machine Screws
- E-Z Ancor Twist-N-Lock 75 #8 x 1-1/4 in. Zinc-Plated Nylon Flat Head Phillips Drywall Anchors with Screws
- Mueller Global 1/2 in. x 8 in. Galvanized Steel Nipple
- scrap plastic or wood
- hand drill
- M5 screw nuts
- hand saw
Determining the middle of your projector screen is the first step in doing this. Measure the distance from the wall to the screen’s edge plus half the screen’s width once the movie screen is in place. Mark this measurement, taken from the opposite end of the same wall that you initially measured from, on the ceiling where you want your projector to be placed.
The projector should now be mounted. Next, carefully flip the projector upside down. Projectors can be mounted upside down, so don’t worry. In accordance with the directions that came with the mount, loosely connect the mounting bracket.
Placing the bracket so that it is parallel to the lens is ideal if at all possible. Your mount may be directly fastened to the ceiling or may be joined to a ceiling plate by means of an extension column of the necessary length.
Make some markings where your screw holes need to be placed before attaching the mount to the ceiling to ensure that your mounting bracket can still be put along a ceiling joist. Make a trial hole for each screw using a drill. The mounting bracket should then be firmly secured to the ceiling. Make sure you follow the bracket’s instructions and use the proper screws in the appropriate quantity.
After wiring the projector, you need to match the image with the screen once your ceiling-mounted projector is set up. You’ll probably have to modify both zoom and focus on the projector itself in order to line up your projector and screen. You must correct the roll, pitch, and yaw of the projector on the mount if the image being projected is skewed.
- Mount Kit
- Tape Measurer
- Wrench or Allen Wrench
3. PVC DIY Ceiling Mounted Projector Bracket
This ceiling-mounted projector hanger is made from PVC pipe. Instead of spending a lot of money on a projector bracket, you can make this homemade alternative for a cheaper amount. The material needed includes ¾” PVC tee, ¾” 90 degrees PVC elbow, ½” thread male adapter, cable ties, and super glue.
Using a PVC cutting tool, cut the PVC pipes into 2 ¾” pipe, 2 3/6″ pieces, a 10″ pieces and a 1″ piece. Take the four-and-a-quarter-inch pieces and slide them into the tee fittings, after doing this do not use glue yet.
Next up, take the four elbow fittings and glue them together to make a square shape with all of the PVC parts. Glue the 1″ piece to the tee fittings. Screw the floor flange fitting to the ceiling, be careful not to screw into wires or pipes in the ceiling. Thread the PVC bracket into the flange and you are done.
- ¾ PVC Tee
- ¾ 90Deg PVC Elbow
- 1/2 x 3/4 PVC Male Adapter
- 4 Solid Core Plain End Pipe
- ½ Galvanized Floor Flange
- 8 White Cable Tie
- Super Glue
- PVC Cutter
4. Cheap Wooden Projector Ceiling Mount
Here’s another cheap solution that you can DIY from the comfort of your home. Although the creator doesn’t take time to explain the process, you could easily understand what he did by simply looking at it.
The first step is to gather all tools and materials needed, the most important being the wooden board. Get a wooden board that is just a bit bigger than the full width and length of your Projector. Use a measuring tape to get the exact measurements of your projector.
The idea is to utilize the legs of the projector and build a board where you’d be able to attach the legs of the projector. Use a pencil and ruler to mark out the measurements of your projector’s legs on the wood panel.
Based on how your projector’s legs are and the markings you have made on the board, make holes using a drill, after drilling all holes, make a half opening close to the openings you just made. Use a jigsaw to make a straight line from the big hole through the half opening and voila, you’re done.
Attach the board to the ceiling using screws and a drill. Place the legs of the projector in the holes you initially cut out, then push in and your projector should sit on the board without moving or falling off. Note: This method might not work for all models of projectors.
- Plywood Sheet
- Measuring Tape
5. How To Install A Projector Ceiling Mount
The design of this projector ceiling mount requires some distinct decisions before taking any step. you have determined where you want to position your projector screen- preferably near a wall to make the wire discreet as possible.
Take accurate measurements of the distance between the wall and the screen to make sure the throw distance between the projector and the screen is sufficient.
The safest place to install your projector is on a ceiling joist, use your knuckle to gently tap on the ceiling until you hear a solid sound in order to locate one.
Flip the projector upside down and screw the mount bracket to the projector. Make sure the bracket and the lens are inline. Mark the mounting hole on the ceiling and drill it with a hand drill. Screw the mount bracket to the joke and fit the projector.
- Projector Mount
6. Handmade Wooden Projector Ceiling Mount
This handmade project requires a little skill in woodworking to make a wooden box. But if you don’t have such skills, you can take it to a professional for help. The materials needed for this project include wood, lag bolts, and wing nuts. The total cost of the project is relatively low, but if you don’t have any tools to make the box, the entire cost will be more.
The wood is used to frame the wooden board into an open box where the projector will sit. The mounting bracket is also made from wood. The mounting bracket is passed through the ceiling. The box was designed in a way to allow easy adjustment of the projector angle. The process is fun-filled and amazing.
- Lag Bolts
- Wing nuts
- Drill Bits
This projector mount is used to suspend projectors from ceilings. The projector’s tilt may be adjusted once the mount is installed on the ceiling and is quite strong. Although designed for a Hitachi Dukane projector, these instructions can be readily changed to work with any other projector.
One hole should be drilled close to the metal strip’s end. Just enough room should exist in the hole for the 4mm screw’s threads to pass through. One of the projector’s three holes on the bottom can be secured by inserting a 4mm screw through the hole.
Mark the location of the second hole by rotating the aluminum strip using the first screw as a pivot. Place the aluminum strip underneath the marker while holding the marker firmly over the projector’s screw hole. On the spot you marked, drill a hole. On the aluminum, doodle a line about 1/2″ away from the drilled hole. Cut the strip in line with the saw.
Drill two holes, then through each one, insert a 4mm screw. After that, screw everything into the projector while placing a nylon spacer on each screw. Put the flanges on top of the aluminum strip so that two of the flange’s holes are visible through the aluminum strip and the flange is centered on the projector. Then, make a mark on the aluminum strip where the two holes meet. Make a hole in each of these two marks with a drill.
Drill a hole at the end of the remaining aluminum strip, similar to Step 1. Place a #10 screw through the flange and the newly drilled hole. With a nut, tighten the screw. One at a time, put the two metal strips in the vice and use the file to round the corners. Brush the surfaces of the two aluminum components, the galvanized nipple, and the floor flanges with steel wool. Apply light coats of black paint to each of these components.
Attach the two aluminum parts to the flange once all of the paint has completely dried, but don’t tighten the bolts just yet. Onto the flange, screw the nipple. The final flange should be secured to the ceiling. Finally, screw the complete assembly in by rotating it after inserting the threads of the 6″ nipple into the ceiling flange.
- Hitachi Dukane projector (model #: CP-X345)
- 2 1/2″ Galvanized Iron Floor Flange
- 3 4mm-.7 x 25mm Machine Screws
- 2 4mm-.7 Hex Nuts
- Aluminum strip (3/4″ x 1/8″ x 48″)
- 2 1/2″ Nylon Spacers (3/8″ OD x .171″ ID)
- 3 #10-24 x 3/4″ Flat Head Machine Screws
- 4 4mm Flat Washers
- Galvanized Steel 6″ Nipple (1/2″ x 6″)
- Slot Screwdriver
- Hack Saw
- 3/8 Wrench
- Phillips Screwdriver
8. DIY Projector Ceiling Mount
When using a mounting bracket for a projector ceiling mount, take note of the screw on the projector, most of it doesn’t go inline with the mounting bracket. To correct this, you can use a piece of wood and make an attachment that should be able to fit with the mounting bracket.
Place the wood on the projector and cut any excess part off, use a pencil and a ruler for markings and a jigsaw or normal saw for cutting. Split the wood in half for the front and back screws of the projector.
Place the pieces of wood on the projector again and mark the area where the screws would go into, using a hammer and a drill bit, create holes in the wood board for front and back screws of the projector. Screw in the pieces of wood to the projector on the front and back legs.
Next up, place the mounting bracket on the legs of the projector with the wood still intact, use a pencil or marker to indicate a point where you would drill on the wooden boards for the mount screws, take out the board and use a drill to puncture the holes. Attach screws from beneath the wood, add extra wood to make it tilt, then on goes the projector mount. Hold the mouth in place by using washers and nuts. Use a wrench to tighten. Slide the projector into the already mounted bracket on the ceiling and boom!
- Mounting Bracket
- Red oak Wood
9. Mount Projector Without Drilling
The author of this tutorial will demonstrate how he mounted an LED projector inside his room without the use of screws or nails. A couch or sofa can be used to hold it in place in a tiny living room as well. To conceal the wires, he utilized an IKEA LACK shelf unit and a UPPLEVA cable cover.
You may configure the IKEA LACK shelving unit with whichever many levels you require. You basically only need the top two or three levels for the projector. Depending on where you plan to project the image onto the wall, you might place them higher or lower. Other levels can be used for storage.
Run the wires up the wall using the IKEA UPPLEVA cable cover. The creator used 3M command strips to secure the UPPLEVA. When there isn’t much space or you don’t want to drill into walls, you don’t always need complex mounts or to suspend your projector from the ceiling. Placing a projector mount in your room is not necessary if you use the IKEA LACK wall shelf unit.
This tutorial will show you how to build a simple wiimote ceiling mount that you can use with a projector that is attached to the ceiling. This works well in meeting spaces like boardrooms or classrooms when the projector is fixed to the ceiling.
The wiimote needs to be modified a bit before we can mount it. Start by removing the wiimote’s battery cover, strap, and jacket. Flip the battery cover over now, and you’ll see a rectangle made of thin plastic lines. Create a dot in the center of this rectangle. You will drill a hole here that is the same size as the hex portion of the nut but smaller than the flange section.
Next, detach the Mini Tripod’s legs to ready it. Take the two legs you just cut off, and starting at the loop’s end, measure a length equal to one AA battery. Cut the legs now with a hacksaw or dremal tool. You will have two pieces that are AA size and have loops on them.
Cut the end off the 3 volt transformer you are using. Twist the wires tightly after stripping them back. Make sure you are aware of the positive (+) and negative (-) wires (-). The wires are then fed through each loop on the leg, one at a time, and tightly twisted.
Put your phony batteries in the wiimote now, looping towards the red button. Finally, after properly connecting the positive and negative terminals, you can replace the cover by feeding the wire through the notched opening. And bam! You have a wired wiimote.
One of the nuts should be threaded onto the machine screw. Next, insert the screw into the hole at the end of the shelf bracket’s long side. The other nut should now be threaded on and tightened. The tripod top is then secured with a screw.
Cut the blank for the PC slot in half. One of the halves should be placed over the Wiimote’s 1 and 2 buttons. Finally, secure the bulb to the wiimote using wire ties. You are now prepared to install the Wiimote onto your projector mount after screwing it onto the tripod. Since each projector mount is unique, you must consider what will work best for you.
- 1 – 12 inch shelf bracket
- 1 – 3v transformer
- 1 – 8/32 X 1″ machine screw
- 1 – dollar store mini tripod
- 1- PC slot Blank
- 2 – standard wire ties
- 2 – 8/32 nuts
- 1- 1/4 flanged hex nut
- Electrical Tape
- Philips screw driver
- Wire cutters
11. How To Make A Projector Hanger
In making this DIY projector mount, you will need a pipe, an old ceiling fan hanger, a wooden board, and screws.
With accurate measurement, cut almost half of the pipe into 4 pieces. Bend the edges of the cut and screw it to the wooden board. Pass an old ceiling fan hanger through the remaining part of the pre-cut pipe. Place the projector in the space created between the wood board and the pipe.
Attach the ceiling fan hanger to the floor flange in the ceiling. The process is simple and inexpensive but the measurement is very essential to accurately position the pipe.
- Wooden Board
- Measuring Tape
- Pipe Cutter
Acquire a universal speaker wall mounting kit. Both the metal and plastic ones will work just fine for this. For under $20, you can purchase them from any hardware shop, on eBay, or online.
With a hex head screwdriver bit, disassemble the speaker mount. The plastic plate can be made of any kind of plastic or synthetic material. It was made of a very light material that resembles foam. Mark the mounting holes with a permanent marker after aligning the mount in the center of the plate. Make holes in the plastic plate that match the speaker mount’s locations.
The plastic plate should be fastened to the speaker mount using a pop riveter. To provide the rivet a solid base to grasp onto, you might need to use a small washer. To avoid running the pop rivet into the projector later, you must perform the pop rivet from the bottom up.
The tricky part is attaching the plastic plate to the projector. After securing the speaker mount to the plastic plate, start drilling. In the mounting holes on the bottom of the projector, insert a few spare rivets. Put the plastic plate there. pointing the speaker mount upward… tap the plate lightly just above the rivets that are sticking up.
Drill holes where the rivets left their tiny marks in the plate to provide access to the mounting holes on the projector. On the bottom of the projector, place the plastic plate with the speaker mount pointing up so that the holes match the mounting holes on the projector.
Connect the projector to the mount and plate using the screws. Place the other speaker mount half at the desired spot on the ceiling, then use a pen to mark the locations of the holes. Use a bit that is the same size as the rivets to drill holes in the beam. Then Use a pop riveter to attach the speaker mount to the beam while holding it up to the holes.
Connect the two halves of the speaker mount together by using a screwdriver and the appropriate size hex bit, then tighten the tiny set screws. Make sure all the adjustments are correct, and tighten all the set screws.
- LCD Projector
- Pop riveter with rivets or equivalent
- Really long computer monitor cable
- Screws 3/32″ about 0.5″ long Screwdriver with assorted screw bits
- Generic speaker wall mount kit
- 1/4″ washers
- Plastic plate 1/4″ thick
- Drill with assorted bits
The biggest advantage of hanging a projector is that you get a lot of extra space in your room! Find the stud with a stud finder so you can mount the base plate. It is crucial to place the projector on a stud because the drywall might not be strong enough to support it. Indicate the stud’s location once you’ve found it, and then mark the locations of the holes you intend to drill.
Use of a pencil is advised because it allows for subsequent erasure. The base plate should be mounted to the wall after drilling the two holes. At this time, the projector shouldn’t be mounted!
It’s time to attach the mount to the projector with screws now. Find the projector’s screw mount holes to get started. Those will be fastened to the mount by you. Because they are joined to the projector frame by those screw holes, they are made to be solid and strong. Put it on the mount by using the movable arms. As we do not want the projector to slip off, make sure it is tight.
Now that we have both components, attach the projector to the wall-mounted base plate. The hooks’ main function is to make it simple to remove and service the projector.
Adjust the settings on your projector to get a straight image on your wall or screen. Play about with the horizontal and vertical keystone, if you like. It is also important to note that you can modify your mount to obtain the desired image. Be careful that utilizing keystone will cause image distortion and lower image quality.
- A projector
- A stud finder
- A projector mount
14. How To Build A Cheap Durable Projector Mount
This projector mount is very durable because of the rigidity of the materials used. It is made from steel, mount bracket, and drill.
Drill 6 holes on each of the steel bars and screw it to the projector. Attach the mount bracket to the already made bracket on the ceiling. Screw the bracket to the holes on the steel bar. The projector is attached upside down to allow clearer visibility to the screen.
Yes! It is simple and cheap. The steel used can be found in a home depot. It is strong and reliable. Try it out and see.
- Half Inch Bolts
The mount’s developer required some degree of shock proofness and flexibility because it would dangle barely 6.5 feet above the ground. In this manner, if it were unintentionally bumped, it wouldn’t break.
The projector board is supported by the eye bolt’s nut and the eye screw is sunk into the floor joists. Its design and fabrication are actually pretty straightforward. The eye bolts in each corner of the mount, which enable quick and easy height adjustments, also contribute to the mount’s high degree of adjustability.
He finished up with a random board from his junk pile and a 1/2 eye bolt attached to a small eye screw by an open-ended lap link.
Beginning with the board Make sure it’s a few inches broader and longer than the distance between the projector and the floor joists. Drill holes exactly the same size as your eye bolts in each corner, spaced joist-to-joist. A tape measure and some easy math are helpful. If you can, use a drill press to make sure the holes are exactly vertical.
Put the board up to the floor joists once the holes have been drilled, and indicate through the holes in which the eye screws will need to be sunk. Make holes in the joists beforehand, then sink the tiny eye screws.
The eye bolt should then be attached to the eye screw driven into the wood after using two needle-nose pliers to unlock the lap links. Thread the nut on after putting the board through the eye bolts.
A drywall ceiling might also be easily modified in this manner. If you want to learn a little more about drywall anchors, ask the resident elderly man at your hardware shop.
- Four lap link connectors
- A pack of 4 eye screws
- Four 1/2″ x 8″ eye bolts
- Tape Measure
A sheet of plywood was simply screwed to the ceiling for this build, and an aluminum angle was hung from it by four carriage bolts. The projector’s nuts, which are integrated there for use with mounting brackets, were then used to secure the angle to it. He could raise and lower each corner by using the 4 wing nuts, which allows the projector to tilt in 4 different directions. Rotation is not possible.
Plywood should be cut to 17″ x 5″ Cut two 15′′ aluminum angle pieces. Make sure that this is at least 2 inches broader than your projector. Drill four holes that are sufficiently spaced apart for your projector to fit inside. The projector used by the creator is around 13′′ wide, therefore he left a 14′′ space between them. The carriage bolts go through these holes, thus they ought to be large enough for that.
Drill holes at the edges of the aluminum angles at the same spacing as you did above in the plywood. the same-sized holes as before. Drill holes in the angle so that they match the projector’s inset mounting nuts. This part requires extreme caution because there is little space for error. Connect the projector’s angle.
The time is now to test fit everything and, if you like, paint the plywood to match your ceiling. To your ceiling, screw the plywood. The projector should not be attached while doing this since the lens or other components can be ruined by dust. The four washers and four wing nuts are then placed on the carriage bolts after sliding the angle/projector onto them. Squeeze as hard as necessary.
- wing nuts
- Plywood scrap
- Carriage bolts
- Machine screws
- Aluminum angle
- M3 locking washers
If you have a projector and a ceiling in your home or classroom, this DIY Projector Ceiling Mount would be exactly what it sounds like: a mount for your projector that attaches to your ceiling. If you have found any of these hacks helpful, please remember to share this guide with your friends and family. You could even use these ideas for yourself if you are looking to build a projector ceiling mount. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions or would like us to do another DIY project in the future!