3 ways to make your own DIY projection screen

There are loads of reasons to make your own projection screen, despite the vast range of commercially available screens:
– Maybe you don’t have the budget
– Or maybe you’re really handy
– The screen you want is so specific, it’s not for sale.

Whatever the reason is, you can get excellent projection screens from what you have made yourself. But..it’s going to be a lot of work.

To cut down on the amount of time you need to make your own, I have listed 4 of the best resources for making your own projection screen. Use them to learn about what to do and what to avoid to get the best result in the shortest time.

Because any time saved can be used watching your favourite movies.

Here are the 4 best DIY projector screen projects:

1. How to make your own electric projection screen

If you don’t need a housing around your projection screen, it’s not that hard to make your own electric projection screen.

Most parts are easy to source (let me know if you need help).

Here’s the video to explain it all:

2. The Bigscreencenter DIY screen project

Yeah, I know. The intro is over the top. But if you can get past that, it’s a pretty good instructional video.

Have a look below:

3. Projectorcentral’s DIY projector screen under $100

Projectorcentral might be know just for its world-famous projector calculator. But… this guide helps you build your own 100″ projection screen for under 100$.

The full article can be found here.

4. AVSforum’s “Beginners guide to simple DIY painted screens”

AVSforum is the biggest forum on home theater. And in their projection screen forum, there’s a dedicated DIY projection screen section. To start with making your own projection screen, read this thread, which is an excellent beginners’ guide.


If you want to make your own projection screen, there’s enough resource material – from videos to forum posts – to make it a success.

However, you’ll have to invest a lot of time to get it right. Not just in constructing it, but in researching and finding the right suppliers.

If in doubt or in need of more info, do let me know in the comments.



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  1. John Ramsbottom says:

    i have made a rear projection screen but it does not give a clear picture. Someone told me that by putting a black mesh on the projection side it will sharpen the image and cut down the projector glare. Is this true and if so what material should I use.

    Thank you



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