OK, I'm in the early stages of a man cave type of project. It's going to be in a bedroom that I will have approval (from the wife
) to make a lot of changes to, including blocking out light from the windows.
I want to have projector and the largest screen that I can fit in the room (I'm going to be limited due to the room dimensions), plus a flat panel TV that the kids can mostly use for the XBox 360 and Wii (to minimize on the hours put on the projector bulb).
So... one idea is to put the flat panel on a side wall. That is my backup plan.
What I thought would be cool would be to come up with a way to have the flat panel on the wall that my projector screen will cover up, and then have the ability to swing the projector screen up and out of the way near the ceiling until I want to use the screen, and then I could swing it back down. Sort of the same concept as one of those Murphy Beds
, that swing up into a box and then you pull it down when you're ready to sleep on it.
I can conceptualize how it would work, and I know that there are a variety of hinges to choose from, and via spring-loaded mechanisms or counterweights, I figure it wouldn't be a very tedious thing to swing the screen up or down.
So... is that a dumb idea? I was hoping to avoid getting a retractable screen after pricing those out (tab tensioned ones are pretty costly!).
Would a fixed screen that is stored in an orientation parallel to the floor be damaged over time simply by gravity pulling down on it?