How about a shelf mount .. could be a free standing bookcase or top of a cabinet behind the seating.. no holes required..
I have considered this avenue, however there are a few reasons why it has not been the most appealing solution. A) There is a window directly behind where the projector would have to go, so a bookcase would block it, and a shelf would not work out so well. blocking it isn't really an option as during the day it is nice to get the natural light in the room. B) the bookcase would have to be, more or less, placed so that the back of the primary couch is right against the front of the bookcase, in order to achieve the throw distance that I am after, that is not really a pretty solution, as far as aesthetics. I'm not a decorator or anything, but I really don't want to make my room look cheesy just for a projector. Thank you for the suggestion, however, it has been tossed around.
originally posted by me! arikmichaelp on 5/16/2010
My daily setup consists of a Sony 50" 1080P SXRD rear projection, which has an amazing picture, I had it professionally calibrated, and Seeing the picture on this set has spoiled me to no end.
So the ideas:
For the screen, I am thinking about mounting it off of the top of the entertainment center; I was going to construct a hollow box roughly 8 inches tall out of wood, wrap in in black velvet or something like that (something black and non-reflective) so that it doesn't look like wood. then mount the screen to that box and run the wires through it to the back of the entertainment center. I figure that will look better then hanging it from the ceiling? any thoughts? I saw this done on another forum, and I am confident that with a little creativity I can do it in a way that looks even better. My entertainment center is 110" wide, whereas the projector screen housing is 108" wide, leaving 1" per side. I feel that will look better then having it overhang, as I have seen in other forums.
Originally Posted by jbrentd
I just installed a 100" Elite CineTension2. I believe the brackets that it comes with gives you about 1" of clearance between the wall and the bottom bar of the screen. I have mine attached to L brackets that are then attached to my entertainment center.
As far as the projector:
From bookcases, custom built pedestals, projector wall mount arms and ceiling mounts; I have been spending a considerable amount of time deliberating on which option will afford me the best looking outcome as well as a secure and flexible installation. As stated above, I do not think a bookcase will work very well, so that option has gone out the window. (see what I did there!?
). For the same reasons, the pedestal is also a no go. In the infamous words of my brother, who shares this apartment with me, "negative ghost rider, pattern is full", which was his way of killing the hideously simple, yet still hideous looking concept of the custom built pedestal. I know the quote is Top Gun, but it works coming from him because he just happens to be a flight engineer.
This leaves wall mount arm or ceiling mount. Either way, I imagine the projector will be at a height that requires the projector to be in the inverted or upside down configuration, due to the image drop inherent with the lens of the projector(and most projectors; or so I gather from my research). So no matter what I do an adjustable mount of some sort WILL be required, or so I surmise. The mount that has won my heart for various reasons can be seen here:http://www.peerlessmounts.com/dyn/Pr...categoryID/193
or seen here:http://www.amazon.com/Black-Precisio...3918115&sr=8-5
The thing about ceiling mounting is, A) this is an apartment, and B) I have popcorn ceiling, which I have to believe mounting the mount to the ceiling will damage that ugly ceiling finish, and I wish to keep my security deposit intact!
So, this leaves me wall mount, but There is also a problem here. the plane of the lens, when parallel with the rear wall, requires a distance equal to 65" to obtain a 11' throw from the projector to the screen. So, I am pretty handy; and I am now in the process of designing an arm that mounts to the back wall, is hollow for wire management, and will allow me to mount the bracket and projector at the end. I haven't run the math on the Moment force yet, But I imagine that if I design it for a 35 pound load at the very end, I should get an idea of the forces involved. Has anyone done this, heard of this, seen this? I am really curious if I'm alone with this conundrum. positive/negative feedback welcomed!