Whether you are planning to create your very own home theatre complete with surround sound systems and acoustic walls or you are planning to build a conference room with all the latest bells and whistles, you need the right projector – and the right projector mount. All the technological advancements could very well be put to waste if you can’t view your screen correctly, and you can only see your screen in the right way with the proper projector mount. Are you wondering how you can choose the correct projector mount for your projector? Here’s how to do it right.
Determine how you want it mounted
One of the most critical aspects of a good AV system is the projector’s placement as well as its quality. But while the projector itself plays a crucial role in your overall viewing experience, it shouldn’t be too noticeable when you walk into the room, which is a perfect example of why many choose to have their projectors mounted on a wall or ceiling, so it doesn’t block their view. The experts say that it’s best to mount your projector on the ceiling; however, so you can protect your expensive equipment as well as make sure it doesn’t stand in the way of the ultimate viewing experience.
Determine your options
If you have decided to mount your projector on the ceiling, you have the option of inverting the entire projector and then attaching the projector mount underneath the projector. But bear in mind that there are some projectors models which can’t be inverted, so find out which model your projector is. One way to find out: if your projector doesn’t seem to have any screw holes, it may not be an invertible unit. If your projector is also quite bulky and heavy, this could be a sign that it can’t be inverted, either.
If your projector can be inverted, you have two basic choices for ceiling mounts: a projector mount which can be a kind of platform where you can place your projector in an upright position or a mount which can serve as a clamp.
A projector can weigh from 4 kilos to more than 22 kilos, so it’s crucial for you to mount the projector on a surface which can bear its weight. To make sure the ceiling can take the weight of your projector, check your ceiling joists. Make sure as well that you have the proper hardware for your projector mount, which includes metal studs, beams, or trusses. It’s vital for you to have the appropriate accessories for mounting.
Determine the method
You should also find out how you want your projector mounted on the ceiling – do you want it flush (right on the ceiling), or do you want it to be ‘dropped down’? It’s important to remember that most of the projectors available today are built to be flush mounted, but if you want your projector to drop down, you need a ceiling plate or flange as well as an extension pipe so that you can properly secure and position the projector. Many manufacturers can provide you with either flush or drop-down mounting options, so it’s also essential to do your research so you can find the best manufacturer for your needs.