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post #1 of 6 Old 09-10-2013, 03:48 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi All,

Just need some opinions from those that have done this before...

The room in the image below is going to have a 55" tv on the wall and a 100" motorized screen either mounted to the wall or recessed inside a bulkhead. The joists in the ceiling run perpendicular to the wall so I can not do a recessed mount in the ceiling as it is. I have seem some ceiling-recessed screens that are cheaper that their wall mount counterparts, but I am kind of stuck on what to do.

I can either hire a contractor to build a 12" D x 8" H bulkhead on the ceiling and buy a recessed screen OR I can mount the screen to the wall using some shims to make sure the screen clears the television and build some sort of valance around the screen housing. Are there any advantages to either? The goal is to have the screen as hidden as possible when not in use.

-Max screen budget is $1,000
-Ceiling is 9' tall
-There is crown molding on the ceiling/wall
-Windows will have blackout shades; screen will drop in front of tv and windows



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Is the idea to not see the screen case? I'd just build a valance / soffit. Or paint the case to match the ceiling / walls.

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Hi Craig,

Yes, besides the projector that will be hanging from the ceiling, I don't really want it to look like a home theater room at all. I'm just trying to hide the screen as best as possible and I don't think painting the case will accomplish this enough. I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons of buying a ceiling-recessed screen, which I thought would be more expensive, but actually appear to be the same price or less than the wall-mount units and building a wood valance around a wall mount screen. I've never owned a motorized screen so I'm not sure I'm taking everything into account. confused.gif I'm also debating which one would look better...

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As time goes on, you will want your ceiling treated with black velvet and wall as well.. good luck with the hiding thing.. wink.gif
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Most people won't even know what it is, if they even notice it ( people thought my electric screen was a light fixture when I had it in my dining room ). I'd just build a small soffit in front of it - I've done that several times in the past.

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Hi.
Just my own opinion. Build a bulk head which can house the motorized screen and allow enough horizontal clearance from the TV surface.
The crown moulding will install on the next ceiling/bulk head edge. If budget allow. The bulk head could also house a 'build-in' speaker for the front high channel.smile.gif
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