Projector screen upgrade to tab tensioned


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Hi guys,

TLDR - skip to the bottom for screen requirements :D Or read below :)

I'm about to start embarking on a living room "project" - so a bit of information always helps!

I have been in this new build house for a little over 3 years now, and when I first moved in I bought a cheap 120" projector screen, built a pelmet around it (ceiling joists run the wrong way so couldn't do ceiling mounted), and bought a BenQ W1400 to use with it. Other than that, I stuck a sofa in there from my old flat and did very little else with the room as the view would be it'll do for now - plain but comfy.

Screen I bought below:

How it looked when "finished":


And whilst this was fine and enjoyable for watching our films and certain programs, the screen began to get creases in it and the edges have curled, as you would expect with a cheap screen.

So now I'm at a point where I want to make my living room nicer, have ordered a new 3 piece sofa and want to do something about that long plain wall!

So what am I aiming for? Something like the below - building out a feature wall/pillars, but a fireplace under the TV and with a projector screen that drops over the TV, instead of just above it like now.


So what do I need?

Well I need a new motorised tensioned screen of good quality, size wise I'd like something 100-110" ish in size. And I have no idea where to begin for a good brand and/or supplier.

So any help or pointers will be much appreciated!



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I have a Draper React III tab tensioned screen in a fully recessed sesame case which comes down from a dropped ceiling I installed during a refurb recently. It’s ambient light rejecting (ie gray) so good in a lounge. Size is 108” diagonal and I have it without borders so it’s slightly bigger than that. Cost in the region of £1900 I think and worth every penny.


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Hi, thank you for that - I'll take a look at them.

I think I'm going to build the pelmet out slightly further around the feature wall/pillars in order to allow me to use a nice recessed projector.


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These do work well recessed. Al[email protected] has one in his ‘light room’ demo room which will give you a good idea of what they look like and how they perform. He’s based in North Yorks if you’re reasonably local give him a shout - he’s very obliging.


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Unfortunately not local for myself..

I do need to pull my socks up and get to finding the right screen though. Did a couple of quick drawings for what I've got planned (ignoring the poor executed vivarium for my bearded dragon) and so want to crack on now!


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