How To Roll Up Projector Screen and the Different Types of Screens

Let’s learn how to roll up projector screen in easy steps

Nowadays, you might not see a lot of projectors around you. Large screen TVs are taking over this section of the market.

However, they are still very popular in offices, educational institutions, or many other situations. Now, if you are using a projector screen for the first time in life, you might not be sure about how to pull it down and roll it up.

How to Roll Up Projector Screen

If you have a manual projector screen

To roll it up:

Simply pull the handle down a little bit and let it roll back up semi on it’s own. We say semi because you need to guide it back, and not just leave it. Once the screen is rolled completely up, you can let go.

NOTE – Do NOT just pull and let go! Some screen projectors are old and the rolling mechanism could be worn out and if you let it go it will cause damage to the projector.

To roll it down:

  1. If it’s hanging on the wall, usually there is a little handle on the bottom side in the middle that you can use to pull it down.
  2. Just grab that, pull down and the screen will start opening up
  3. Stop when the screen can’t roll down any longer.

If you have an electronic projector screen

No need to touch an electronic screen with your hands. Usually you just need to use the remote control to both roll up the screen or roll it down. Easy as that.

NOTE – Do not try and force or help the screen up or down when it’s working. Even if you feel it is going too slow. Electric projectors have small motors that control the rolling action, you don’t want to damage them.

There are other types of projectors out there. And each type of projector comes with a different method of rolling it up.

Above we talked about the most popular types of projectors, but in the table below you can see more types and how they roll up or down.

The Different Types of Projectors

Let’s look at the different types of projections so you will know what you have to deal with before you even get in the room

Manual ProjectionPull down to open, some roll back up alone, some need to be rolled manually
Electric ProjectionNo need to pull down or up. Usually works with a remote control
Tripod Projector Comes with stand that needs to be set up first. Pull up or down to open
Fixed FrameCan’t really move, is static always open
Floor ProjectionShould be pulled up
Projector paintSpecial paint that can be set up on a wall that acts as a screen
Inflatable Projector As the name implies, inflatable, not for pro use

Other types of projectors with instructions

Tripod Projector Screen

Another type of projector screen is the ‘Tripod projector screen’. As you might have already guessed, here the projector will be mounted in a tripod. As a result, you will have to set the tripod stand first.

Now, to roll up this type of projector, you will have to either pull up or down depending on your setup.

Floor Rising Projector Screen

This is another advanced type of projector screen. These are very easy to use and work with. You only need to pull it up to open and pull down to close

Another great advantage of floor rising projectors is that they are lightweight. Interestingly, there is no need to assemble this type of projector for use. 

As a result, people tend to go with this kind of projector. Now, they could be electric or manual projectors. So, based upon the mechanism, you will have to use the appropriate manner to roll up a floor rising projector screen.

Fixed Frame Projector Screen

If you have a home theater, you are probably familiar with the fixed frame projectors. Typically, you will find such types of projectors in various home theaters. As the name implies, these are fixed.

So, you will not be able to pull it up or down. And, there is no need of taking it down as well.

Inflatable Projector Screen

This type of projector is very budget-friendly. However, they are not that durable.

So, if you are running low on budget, or just want a portable projector screen for a few presentations, you can go with the inflatable projector screens.

These are self-inflatable projectors and very easy to use. You don’t need to roll them up or pull them down.

How a Projector Screen Mechanism Work

The mechanism that scrolls the screen down or up is very straightforward actually. The main mechanism is hidden inside the cylindrical enclosure to where the screen retracts.

In the case of manual projectors, there is a powerful spring system built-in. So, when you are pulling the screen down, consequently the spring extends.

And, when you let go of it, the spring automatically retracts with the spring, the screen also starts to roll in.

On the contrary, most electric or automatic projector screens come with a built-in motor. So, while you have pressed the right button to retract the projector screen, it will automatically roll up.

Wrap Up

Now you know that there are multiple kinds of projector screens based on their functionality, features, and mechanism.

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