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Safe to attach a drop-down screen to the top of bookshelves?

I'm starting to explore getting a projector and the biggest challenge right now is how to mount the screen at a decent height without having it hang way down from the ceiling, since it's 9ft high. I can't mount it to the wall the screen would be in front of, due to a pair of IKEA Billy bookshelves standing on either side of my 55" HDTV, which is already mounted to the wall. I'm looking at a screen like this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...qh_dp_hza?th=1

Is there a way I could mount the screen to the top of the bookshelves? I was thinking of attaching L-shaped brackets to the top of the book shelves that line up with the screen's brackets, but don't know if the bookshelves are strong enough to manage the weight. Photo of where screen will go attached for reference.
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I'm starting to explore getting a projector and the biggest challenge right now is how to mount the screen at a decent height without having it hang way down from the ceiling, since it's 9ft high. I can't mount it to the wall the screen would be in front of, due to a pair of IKEA Billy bookshelves standing on either side of my 55" HDTV, which is already mounted to the wall. I'm looking at a screen like this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...qh_dp_hza?th=1



Is there a way I could mount the screen to the top of the bookshelves? I was thinking of attaching L-shaped brackets to the top of the book shelves that line up with the screen's brackets, but don't know if the bookshelves are strong enough to manage the weight. Photo of where screen will go attached for reference.
Why couldn't you do a clean slate by taking off the bookshelves and the TV, patching up any holes and then hang the screen?

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It's still a family room, so the book shelves will need to stay. That and I will continue to use the TV for daytime use when it's too bright means I need a retractable screen.
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Screens aren't that heavy but I would make sure the book shelves are anchored to the wall to be on the safe side.

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You can order a screen with extra drop (black part of screen fabric above the screen) and mount the screen on the ceiling.. 9' ceiling would only need about a 1 foot extra drop..

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You can order a screen with extra drop (black part of screen fabric above the screen) and mount the screen on the ceiling.. 9' ceiling would only need about a 1 foot extra drop..
You're right--after measuring I realized the drop isn't as much as I'd feared. Only problem now is that I want to get a short-throw projector and just learned they are more sensitive to small warps, so looks like I'll need to plan to invest in a tab tensioned screen... easily 2x the price. Might do some sort of cheapie temp fixed screen solution until I can afford that.

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