How to Roll Up a Projector Screen

How to Roll Up a Projector Screen
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So you’ve invested in a projector screen so that you and your family and friends can enjoy regular full on movie nights together. You’ve argued over what film to watch, who’s in charge of popcorn duties and whether to go for the full audio visual surround sound experience. You have effectively turned part of your home into nothing short of a movie theater. What’s better still, you are saving time and money by not having to leave the comfort of your own home. Sounds like you are onto a winner.

Projector screens can certainly provide a much more cost-effective alternative to a large, bulky and expensive television set and make the perfect addition to your home. They don’t take up any space for one, especially if they are wall or ceiling mounted and better still, can easily be rolled up and stored away when not in use so that no-one visiting, unless of course they’ve been invited to the latest cinematic viewing at your place, will even really know that you have a projector screen.

You may have purchased a motorized screen but if not, you are most likely going to need to manually roll up and down your projector screen yourself. Most regular and budget style roll up projector screens will come with a manual cord or attachment for easy operation. This provides you with the flexibility and ease to simply roll your screen up and down whenever you need to, ensuring that it’s safely and discreetly stowed away when not in use.

So easy it’s child’s play

Sounds simple right? Well that’s because it is. So simple even a child can do it. That’s if they can reach the cord of course! Alternatively, your screen might come with a handle. If so, this will normally be located towards the bottom of your projector screen or if it sits instead on its own independent stand, then the handle could well be located on the top of the screen.

Just like operating one of your window blinds, pull the handle of the projector screen down until the screen can no longer move and it’s at its full extent of length or in the case of a stand mounted screen, the exact opposite. Once you’ve reached this position (think of it almost like a biting point) all you need to then do is gently allow the screen to automatically roll upwards.

Or, you guessed it, if you have a stand supported screen, it’s going to gently retract downwards. In either case, resist the urge to just let your screen fly! Be gentle and ensure that you don’t damage the screen during this stow away procedure.

Technology has advanced so much these days that you can benefit from a superior and crisp viewing surface even with a roll up projector screen. These types of projector screens will probably come with a bead chain clutch system fitted as standard. It is this mechanism that allows the projector screen to smoothly and gently roll up and down with minimum effort and exertion required from you and limits annoying or distracting sounds too.

What if my projector screen gets stuck when I try to roll it up or down?

This is a good question as with regular and continued use, like with all well-loved equipment around your home, you might suffer from a few malfunctions along the way! The most common malfunction with a roll down projector screen is that it’s liable to get stuck. The main thing when this happens is not to get frustrated or go at it too heavy handed. It’s a screen at the end of the day so some gentle pressure is probably all you need.

Grab the bottom of your projector screen and start to pull it downwards. If it locks up, apply a little bit more pressure. Keep pulling the handle or pulley rope until the screen is fully unrolled and extended. You should now be able to simply let go again and the screen should retract and roll back up into its dormant position. If you’re still not having much luck, just keep gently repeating this process until it does.

Convenient and so easy to use

We briefly mentioned electric via manual and in the case of a roll up projector screen you’ve most likely gone manual. This isn’t a bad thing. Generally speaking, a rollup style projector screen is going to be more budget friendly and also lighter so if weight is an important factor in terms of your installation requirements, then manual is a great option.

If on the other hand you are looking to use your home projector screen on a very regular basis, perhaps even daily, and so want to avoid the probable wear and tear of manually having to pull something, then an electrically operated screen could be a wiser investment.

A motorized mechanism is going to better withstand more regular use. In the instance where you’ve opted then for an electric projector screen, rolling that up really is a breeze. Give yourself a bit of clearance to pull the screen down before then setting off the automatic roll up option and better still, if you do have an electrically operated screen, you can stop it at any position so you needn’t roll it all the way back flush up to the top either.


For simplicity, ease of use and all-round budget friendly functionality, you can’t go wrong with a pull down and roll back up retractable style ceiling or wall mounted projector screen. Try and forget the old classroom scenes as this might have been the last time you had an association with a projector screen!

Instead, focus on the hours of family fun and enjoyment you will all soon be having, watching the latest movie releases on your larger than life, sharp, bright and stylish projector screen. When you are done watching your movie, simply roll the screen back up, neatly, safely and discreetly out of the way, ready for your next family viewing experience.

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