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Instead of asking which material is the best, ask yourself which material is best for my specific needs.

The projection screen material best for you depends on your projector, physical space, projection method, lighting environment and other factors. Always choose the material that will be best for the majority of your viewing. For example, don't base your buying decision solely on price or solely on gain. Learn More:

Ambient light is any light that exists in your viewing environment. It may be indoor light fixtures or street lights, etc. If you have a dark room where the lights can be turned off we call this controlled light versus dealing with a street lamp, for example, which you may not have control over. An example of a dark viewing environment is a movie theater, low light might be a small light coming from the next room and high ambient light would be a light on in the same room as your screen.

Generally speaking, the darker you can get your viewing environment the better the results. We recommend using white projector screen materials for dark environments & gray projector screen materials for environments with ambient light. You will not need gray if you have a dark viewing environment. Gray only provides additional contrast if you have ambient lighting concerns.

Unfortunately, none of our materials are meant for full sunlight.

Ambient Light Rejecting Projector Screen Material is the absolute best solution when you have little to no control over ambient light concerns! This material is our most versatile lighting solution. For best results, the ambient light should not come from the same direction as the projector.

Dusk/Sunset: If your only ambient light concern is 20 minutes of viewing time at dusk, go with white. If you will experience ambient light throughout the entire movie, even after the sun goes down, go with gray.

Also see our: Key Material Decision Factors page.

All of our projector screen materials are compatible for HD projection, though your projector, of course, will need to be capable of projecting a native HD resolution. That said, because UltraWhite 4K, FlexiWhite, FlexiGray and Ambient Light Rejecting projector screen materials have essentially zero to very little texture, they can provide the sharpest possible picture for your high-definition and 4K Ultra HD projected images.

It depends on the type of 3D system. There are two types of 3D; Active 3D (most common) and Passive 3D (2 projectors).

Ambient Light Rejecting material is a specialized product for everyday usage, HD & 4K Ultra HD in a brightly lit environment. It also works for both active 3D and with two passive 3D projectors when ambient light is controlled.

UltraWhite 4K and FlexiWhite works great for everyday usage, HD, 4K Ultra HD and/or Active 3D in a dark viewing environment (Active 3D Glasses).

SilverScreen and ProSilver are specialized products for Passive 3D movie viewing and is the best solution for the purpose of Passive 3D (Passive 3D Glasses). It is highly reflective and not necessarily meant for everyday usage - although we have had some people use it that way - it is not our recommendation. Everyday, Non-passive 3D SilverScreen users may experience hotspots when paired with a bright projector. Passive 3D requires two passive 3D projectors.

Our other materials are not recommended for 3D usage.

The best projection screen material right for you depends on your projector, physical space, projection method, lighting environment, frame and other factors. Instead of asking which material is the best, ask yourself which material is best for my specific needs. For example, don't base your buying decision solely on price or solely on gain.

Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) is the absolute best solution when you have little to no control over ambient light concerns. You may not need Ambient Light Rejection Material if you do not have bright lighting conditions or if you have other specialized requirements. ALR also works for both active 3D and with (2) passive 3D projectors when ambient light is controlled. For best results, the ambient light should not come from the same direction as the projector. Unfortunately, ALR is not meant for full sunlight.

SilverScreen and ProSilver are specialized products for passive 3D movie viewing and is the best solution for the purpose of passive 3D. It is highly reflective and not necessarily meant for everyday usage - although we have had some people use it that way - it is not our recommendation. Everyday, Non-passive 3D SilverScreen users may experience hotspots when paired with a bright projector. Passive 3D requires two passive 3D projectors.

Also see our: Key Material Decision Factors page.

Our Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) Material is not recommended for ultra/short throw, edge-blending or PowerPoint because the high gain of the product may result in hot spots in these scenarios. For best results, ambient light should not come from the same direction as the projector. Unfortunately, ALR is not meant for full sunlight.

No, sorry Carl's Projector Screen Materials do not have an adhesive backing, nor are they a static window cling.

Our projection screen materials do not expand or grow in size, like say a Spandex material would.

Maybe. Our many of our Projector Screen Materials are available By-the-Foot. Here's how to order:

  1. Start on the Projector Screen Material Page
  2. Click on the material you desire and allow the product page to load
  3. Select the item that reads "Starting Price per Ft", in the drop down menu, under the product images
    • Once selected, you will see the price goes down, the more feet you order
  4. Enter the number of feet you desire in the Qty/quantity box
  5. Click Add to Cart
    (Example:  Enter 21 Feet in the Qty box and add it to your cart. The shopping cart will display the calculated price. A master roll of Blackout Cloth is 110 inches so you would receive 1 piece which is 110" tall x 21' wide, folded in a box. Packaging options (box or tube) are visible after selecting the size you desire, in the drop down menu, under the product images. If you would like a freight quote because you do not see a rolled on a tube option online see our "Freight Shipping Information" question, here in the FAQ.
    • Depending on the product there may be more than one By-the-Foot option. Our ALR, ProGray, ProWhite and SheerWeave products will have multiple options visible in the menu. *These products ship rolled on a tube and cannot be folded.
    • If you do not see "Starting Price per Ft" this option is not currently available for your chosen material

Also see the "Custom Made Screens" section of our FAQ to learn about purchasing a full Master Roll or our Half Roll options.

Yes definitely! Carl's Blackout Cloth is manufactured to provide a crisp, clear projected image and is available in much larger sizes than fabric stores offer. Fabric store material is often used as a backing material for window curtains. Since the material doesn't show behind the curtain, some imperfections in the rubber coating are acceptable. These imperfections in the rubber coating may drastically impair your image, especially in brighter scenes. You may also experience hotspots, due to these imperfections, where a portion of the screen is just a bright white spot. However, Carl's Blackout Cloth is coated with multiple consistent high-quality layers of thin reflective rubber which will provide accurate color and clarity in a dark viewing environment.

Yes! Our Blackout Cloth will block out light from your window. Several of our customers have used Blackout Cloth to greatly reduce ambient light in their viewing environment. Buy Carl’s Blackout Cloth here.

Yes! Carl's Gray Rear Projection Film and White Rear Projection Film are perfect for AtmosFX Virtual Halloween or Virtual Santa Window Projections. Safely run your projector from inside your home and project through your window or door, using our translucent gray or semi-translucent white projection screen. They work great with Standard and HD Projection Videos.

  • For photographic DVDs our Rear Projection Material is best when stretched tight
  • For shadow/silhouette DVDs hang the screen loosely over your window or door like a window curtain
Unlike static window clings, a Carl's Rear Projection Screen can be used year-round as an indoor/outdoor movie screen.

Please note, these projection screens do NOT have an adhesive backing and are NOT a static window cling. You can find AtmosFX virtual projections, such as Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree, here on Amazon.

Yes! Carl's White Rear Projection Film works great for both rear and front, dual-sided projection! It also offers a wider viewing angle and fewer chances for any hotspots due to its semi-transparency. White Rear Projection Film works best in a dark viewing environment.

In short, Gray Rear Projection Film can but it is not its specialty. Our Gray Rear Projection Film is translucent and may work for front-projection; however, compared to an opaque front-projection screen, it will not be nearly as bright. Used in a rear-projection setup environment, though, it will rival any front-projection setup. If you do use Gray Rear Projection Film for both front and rear projection; use a smaller seating viewing angle and make sure there is no light behind the screen as it will show through. Gray Rear Projection Film works best in low ambient light situations.

No, sorry it cannot. Front-projection screen materials are opaque. The image will not show through the screen.

Here at Carl's Place we use the word Remnant and Clearance Item interchangably. Occasionally we sell Remnants on our Clearance page. Remnants/Clearance items have slight blemishes, stubborn folds, are lightly soiled, have backward grommets or come in an opened box but should generally be OK for projection. Remnants/Clearance items are NOT guaranteed to be flawless. Remnants/Clearance items are sold as is and are not customizable. Unless specified, Remnants/Clearance items ship folded in a box and cannot be rolled. Remnants/Clearance items are not returnable for refund. All sales are final. Prices are good while supplies last. Also note, we strongly encourage international customers to consider brand new items due to international shipping costs on Remnants and Clearance items.

When a screen is pulled tight (or bungeed) evenly around the screen we call this tensioned (tight like an artist canvas, drum or trampoline). Tensioning provides a flat screen for even light distribution and reduces image waving on the surface. Ambient Light Rejecting, Blackout Cloth, FlexiGray, FlexiWhite, Acoustic FlexiWhite (Micro & Nano), Gray & White Rear Projection Film and SilverScreen work best under tension. We recommend stretching these fabrics over a wooden frame or using our 6" Black Ball Bungees with our Finished Edge Screens, Hanging & Standing Kits. Also watch customer, Griffin Hammond's, Stretch & Staple Technique on YouTube— Starting at the 3 Minute and 22 Second Mark.

If you choose a product that ships folded in a box you will see fold marks when the material is first pulled out of the box, as any textile will have. Remove your screen material from the shipping package immediately upon receipt and allow the fabric to relax for a day or so before installing.

UltraWhite 4K, ProGray, ProWhite, ProSilver, Short Throw and SheerWeave cannot be stretched and work best when simply held flat, usually by stapling directly onto drywall or to a wooden frame. Even though these stiff materials cannot be stretched we still recommend using the installation ("stretch" and staple) technique found here.

See our Care & Use and our Shipping Information FAQ Sections for information on folds, wrinkles and safe storage.

Preferably not. Tension-mounted materials require even tension around the whole screen (tight like an artist canvas, drum or trampoline). Securing the fabric at the top and bottom, just the sides or only in the corners will not provide a flat surface for even light distribution. Ambient Light Rejecting, Blackout Cloth, FlexiGray, FlexiWhite, Acoustic FlexiWhite (Micro & Nano), Gray & White Rear Projection Film and SilverScreen require tension-mounting. We recommend stretching these fabrics over a wooden frame or using our 6" Black Ball Bungees with our Finished Edge Screens, Hanging & Standing Kits. Also watch customer, Griffin Hammond's, Stretch & Staple Technique on YouTube— Starting at the 3 Minute and 22 Second Mark.

If you choose a product that ships folded in a box you will see fold marks when the material is first pulled out of the box, as any textile will have. Remove your screen material from the shipping package immediately upon receipt and allow the fabric to relax for a day or so before installing.

UltraWhite 4K, ProGray, ProWhite, ProSilver, Short Throw and SheerWeave cannot be stretched and work best when simply held flat, usually by stapling directly onto drywall or to a wooden frame. Even though these stiff materials cannot be stretched we still recommend using the installation ("stretch" and staple) technique found here.

See our Care & Use and our Shipping Information FAQ Sections for information on folds, wrinkles and safe storage.

Finished Edge Screens have black vinyl borders, sewn on with black nylon thread, which are approximately 2.5 inches wide all the way around the screen.

Technically our black vinyl is 5 inches wide. We fold it in half so you have 2 ½ inches on both the front and the back of your Finished Edge Screen. Then we grommet through all three to four layers (vinyl, material, vinyl) or our Blackout Cloth Finished Edge Screens have an extra layer of webbing to reinforce the edges (vinyl, material, webbing, vinyl).

Our grommets have an outer dimension of 3/4" and an inner dimension of 3/8". They are made of brass and painted matte black.

EMT stands for Electrical Metal Tubing, also known as, Electrical Metal Conduit. The 1 inch size fits into our corner and support fittings/connectors perfectly and can be found in the electrical section of your local hardware store. Kits do NOT include the required 1" EMT pipe/poles due to the impracticality of shipping. Instead, you can find EMT at your local building supply store. Our kit instructions detail the exact number of pipes needed and at what lengths, as well as, how to assemble your Kit. Find 1" EMT at Home Depot or Lowes.

To achieve proper tension when mounting your screen to your poles; start by inserting the EMT pipe 4 inches into each Fitting, then push or pull the pipes in or out of the fittings until you have pulled the screen tight.

Put simply, aspect ratio refers to the shape of the image being projected (slightly more square or wide screen). Matching the projector's native aspect ratio and the screen's aspect ratio will ensure the image fills the entire screen.

A 4:3 is slightly more square, like old CRT TVs. A 16:9 is a wider screen like today's flat screen TVs. And a 2.39:1 is wider yet. It is best to match the native aspect ratio of the projector to that of the screen so the image fills the entire screen. But if the ratio on your projector is adjustable, pick the ratio that will match the majority of your viewing. The 16:9 is the most common. Additionally an aspect ratio of 16:9 can accommodate both the 4:3 and 2.39:1 with the least amount of masking (black letterbox style bars).  Learn More

The optimum screen size for a given seating area is a largely subjective choice, but we like to follow recommendations made by a few organizations like THX and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. For more information visit Wiki's-Optimum HDTV viewing distance. In our brief opinion, measure the distance from the screen to your optimum seat, divide by three, and that's the best height for a screen.  Learn More or Try our Screen Calculator

Gain is the measure of reflectivity of the projector screen. In our opinion, Rear Projection Film does not have a gain since the light passes through the material.  Learn More

Ambient light is any light that exists in your viewing environment. It may be indoor light fixtures or street lights, etc. If you have a dark room where the lights can be turned off we call this controlled light versus dealing with a street lamp, for example, which you may not have control over. An example of a dark viewing environment is a movie theater, low light might be a small light coming from the next room or stage lights and high ambient light would be a light on in the same room as your screen.

Generally speaking, the darker you can get your viewing environment the better the results. We recommend using white projector screen materials for dark environments & gray projector screen materials for environments with ambient light. You will not need gray if you have a dark viewing environment. Gray only provides additional contrast if you have ambient lighting concerns.

Unfortunately, none of our materials are meant for full sunlight.

Ambient Light Rejecting Projector Screen Material is the absolute best solution when you have little to no control over ambient light concerns! This material is our most versatile lighting solution. For best results, avoid ambient light coming from the same direction as the projector.

Dusk/Sunset: If your only ambient light concern is 20 minutes of viewing time at dusk, go with white. If you will experience ambient light throughout the entire movie, even after the sun goes down, go with gray.

Also see our: Key Material Decision Factors page.

Our larger original style Standing Rear Projection Film Kits only come in the two smaller sizes because the support poles, in the back of larger kits, would cast a shadow on your image. However, we now offer a new Rear Projection Film Truss Style Hanging Frame Kits in several sizes! You can also email us if you need a larger standing kit and we will provide you with additional options.

Yes, it is safe to leave your screen outside for short-term periods (handful of days per summer), but long-term it is best to take the screen down to protect it from the elements. When you do take it down make sure it is clean and dry so mold and mildew don't have a chance to grow on the fabric before you store it. FlexiWhite and FlexiGray are particularly good for the outdoors as they are mildew resistant and highly portable/flexible. Remember, wind is a powerful force of nature! Please make sure your screen is properly anchored. Unfortunately, Carl's Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are left out during a storm. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - do your best to setup, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Wind is a powerful force of nature! If you are expecting inclement weather make sure your screen is properly anchored. Unfortunately, Carl's Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are left out in the wind. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - do your best to setup, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Yes, you can lightly spot clean your screen with water and a soft rag or sponge. Mild dish soap can be used in small areas with a light touch. Please use care so you do not injure the reflective coating and always test in a very small area first.

As a last resort, you can try a small amount of alcohol or mineral spirits on all PVC materials; NOT on Blackout Cloth or SheerWeave. Using a Q-tip, in a small area, with a light touch and test it in a very small area first. Gently wipe the spot dry using the dry end of the Q-tip, do not soak or allow cleaners to dry on the screen.

Do NOT use abrasives, steam clean, dry clean or place in a washing machine. Unfortunately, Carl's Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are not cleaned and cared for responsibly. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - do your best to setup, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Remove the material from the shipping package immediately upon receipt and allow the fabric to relax for a day or so before installing. If you choose a product that ships folded in a box or if you leave your screen in long-term storage, you will see fold marks when the material is first pulled out of the box, as any textile will have.

The absolute best way to remove folds is to use tension-mounting. When a screen is pulled tight (or bungeed) evenly around the screen we call this tensioned (like an artist canvas, drum or trampoline). Once installed and the proper tension has been applied evenly all the way around the screen, the folds should pull out nicely. Fold marks can be a good indicator you have applied the proper amount of tension during installation. See tension-mounting instructions here, as well as, the images at the bottom of the page.  Also watch customer, Griffin Hammond's, Stretch & Staple Technique on YouTube— Starting at the 3 Minute and 22 Second Mark.

However, Blackout Cloth Only can be ironed at the lowest setting and only on the back. Please use care so you do not melt the reflective coating. We do NOT recommend using an iron on any other materials, except Blackout Cloth. Do Not use steam.

You can use a hairdryer at the lowest setting and only on the back of our PVC based materials, such as, Ambient Light Rejecting, FlexiWhite, FlexiGray, Acoustic FlexiWhite, Gray & White Rear Projection Film and SilverScreen. Do Not hold the hairdryer too close to the screen. Again, use extreme care not to melt the reflective coating and do Not use steam.

Keep in mind, select materials have the option to ship rolled on a tube for an additional fee, if you prefer to avoid fold marks. In the DIY market there is a wide range of comfort levels, skill sets and abilities. If you are at all concerned about folds and wrinkles you may want to consider ordering your material rolled, when available. Packaging options (box or tube) are visible after selecting the size you desire, in the drop down menu, under the product images. If you would like a freight quote because you do not see a rolled on a tube option online see our "Freight Shipping Information" question, here in the FAQ.

Unfortunately, Carl's Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are not cared for responsibly. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - do your best to setup, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Also see our Technical and our Shipping FAQ Information Sections for information on folds, wrinkles and safe storage.

Always make sure your screen is completely clean and dry before storing to avoid spots, mold or mildew. Most raw materials can be stored folded or rolled. However UltraWhite 4K, Ambient Light Rejecting, ProGray, ProWhite, ProSilver, Short Throw and SheerWeave must never be folded, roll these three materials on a tube for safe storage.

If you have a portable Finished Edge Screen and you plan to repeatedly fold and unfold your screen, do so loosely. Long-term storage and tight folds may take a few days to relax. We do not recommend rolling a Finished Edge Screen with vinyl edges and grommets or you risk indenting the screen with each grommet. At the risk of repeating ourselves, fold the screen loosely, making sure it is clean and dry before storing.

Unfortunately, Carl's Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are not stored responsibly. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - do your best to setup, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Also see our Technical and our Shipping FAQ Information Sections for information on folds, wrinkles and safe storage.

Oversize Welded Seam Large Venue Screens (over 126"/10.5' tall) are available in: FlexiGray, FlexiWhite, Gray Rear Projection Film, White Rear Projection Film, 9% Micro Perforated Acoustic FlexiWhite and SilverScreen. Welded seams are very strong and durable, but it is best to avoid putting undue stress on the seam itself. Do not poke the seam with force as it may cause a dimple in the seam. Additionally, do not allow any sharp objects near the seam to avoid ripping or tearing. Simply tension-mount/pull tight and evenly in all four directions (tight like an artist canvas or trampoline) for a flat, clear, crisp image.

Unfortunately, Carl's Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are not cared for responsibly. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - do your best to setup, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

We are sorry to hear this. Unfortunately we do not have repair kits at this time. Depending on the type of material you purchased, you can try a heavy-duty tape or a fabric patch on the back of small rips. However, this may only be a short-term fix. If you decide to order a replacement screen, please call or email us with your original order information and we would be happy to offer you a small discount on your replacement.

Our Hanging & Standing Kits take the guess work out of designing and building your frame, but if you are designing your own frame we recommend using the 4" rule which will help you calculate the amount of space needed between the un-stretched screen and the outside dimensions of your frame.

In general, there should be 4" from the outside edge of the un-stretched Finished Edge Screen to the outside edge of a pipe frame. This means a total of 8 inches (4" top/bottom and 4" left/right). This assumes use of our 6" Black Ball Bungees and pipes which are 1" in diameter. If your frame materials &/or bungees are of a different size adjustments will need to be made accordingly.

Example: Let's say you purchase our 9x16 Foot Finished Edge Screen.

  1. Find the Total Height (C) and Total Width (D) of your screen on this chart.
    • In this example the 9x16 has a total height and width of: 110 x 191.7 inches
  2. Add: 110" + 8" (4" on the top and bottom) – The frame height should be about 118 inches
  3. Add: 191.7" + 8" (4" on each side) – The frame width should be about 199.7 inches
    • Answer: If you are designing and building your own frame using the 4" rule, the outside dimensions of your frame should be 118" x 199.7".

This rule was designed with larger screens in mind. If you have a smaller screen, such as a 5x9 or smaller, you may find it acceptable to reduce the 4" rule to 3.5 inches.

To achieve proper tension; start by inserting the EMT pipe 4 inches into each Fitting, then push or pull the pipes in or out of each fitting until you have pulled the screen tight.

Maybe, but not with our kits. We have had several customers design their own frame using PVC and our Finished Edge Screens, who do not utilize our corner and support fittings and who have been happy with the results. However, we do not usually recommend PVC for two reasons; (1) it does not work with our corner and support fittings and (2) it has a tendency to bow during the tension-mounting of your screen. If you do choose to design a frame using PVC make sure you have enough support poles to stabilize your frame so it does not bow under tension.

Generally no. We do not advise placing grommets directly into the material. However, we offer Finished Vinyl Edged Screens with Grommets Installed in Blackout Cloth, FlexiWhite, FlexiGray, Acoustic FlexiWhite, Gray Rear Projection Film, White Rear Projection Film and SilverScreen. Our Blackout Cloth Finished Edge Screens are reinforced with an extra layer of webbing. Stiff materials, such as, ProWhite, ProGray and SheerWeave will hold a grommet if installed carefully, but will not be nearly as strong as our finished-edge screens, and so we don't recommend it.

Insert the bungee cord through the grommet hole from behind the screen. The ball now touches the backside of the black vinyl border. Pull the cord over and around the 1" EMT pipe. Lastly, loop the cord over the ball behind the screen. Rotate top, bottom, left and right— starting in the center and working your way out to the corners. Repeat until you have used every grommet hole.

Oversize Welded Seam Large Venue Screens (over 126"/10.5' tall) are available in: FlexiGray, FlexiWhite, 9% Micro Perforated Acoustic FlexiWhite, Gray Rear Projection Film, White Rear Projection Film and SilverScreen. Welded seams are very strong and durable, but it is best to avoid putting undue stress on the seam itself. Do not poke the seam with force as it may cause a dimple in the seam. Additionally, do not allow any sharp objects near the seam to avoid ripping or tearing. Simply tension-mount/pull tight and evenly in all four directions (tight like an artist canvas or trampoline) for a flat, clear, crisp image.

Unfortunately, Carl's Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are not cared for responsibly. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - do your best to setup, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Yes. Fresh-cut wood contains water. The loss or gain of moisture content can cause bowing or twisting in the wood. Most warping takes place as fresh-cut wood (or "green wood") dries, but the potential for movement remains after the lumber is brought into your viewing environment or possibly even after your frame has been built. If you purchase fresh-cut wood, we recommend allowing your wood to acclimate to the room/viewing environment for 7-10 days before building your frame. Building your frame without allowing the wood to acclimate may cause a beautifully stretched screen to later sag as the wood contracts.

Yes! Simply trim off the excess material after you have the material adhered to your wooden frame with a sharp scissors, utility knife or rotary cutter (such as those used by quilters). Your frame will be your straight edge.

Occasionally customers ask if they can glue the projector screen materials to a wall or frame or if there is an adhesive that can be used. Our concerns are: (1) wrinkles, air pockets, puckering or bumps (2) will it stick or start to come unglued over time (3) will the glue bleed through the material (4) will the adhesive cause the fabric to yellow over time and (5) damaging the wall or window. For these reasons we do not usually recommend using glue. However, if you do choose to give glue a try please use extreme caution and test it on a sample first. Order a Sample Pack

If you purchased a stiff material, such as UltraWhite 4K, ProWhite, ProGray, ProSilver, Short Throw/Ultra Short Throw or SheerWeave do NOT try to wrap the fabric. Bending or folding these fabrics may cause permanent damage.

Stapling our Projector Screen Materials to the front of your frame is usually easier than trying to wrap the fabric and still obtain the necessary tension. With that said, it is not impossible – it just takes extra care, time and attention. If you decide to try this be very careful not to rip your fabric on the frame's edges. Unfortunately, Carl's Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are not installed using our recommended guidelines.

We usually recommend tension-mounting most materials for a flat, clear, crisp image by using our the technique found on our How-To page, which depicts stapling the fabric to the front of your frame and then using our Black Felt Tape to cover the staples and give yourself a professional-looking border.

Occasionally we get questions about curved frames, often from customers looking to build a flight simulator. If you are building a curved frame we are happy to make a custom size screen for you, if our default sizes will not work for your needs. We also have two sites we recommend for flight simulator builders. Visit cockpitbuilders.com and mycockpit.org for information and ideas on building a curved frame. Unfortunately, we do not currently sell curved frames or offer curved frame building instructions.

The first time you assemble your hanging or standing kit it should take approximately 30-60 minutes. After you have setup your kit a few times and you learn how it's done; it only takes an average of 20 minutes. Giant screens make take a few extra minutes and it's always nice if you have a helper.

Yes! We need 3 pieces of information, via email, to provide you a quote; material, size and full shipping address. First decide if you need raw material or a finished edge screen with black vinyl edges and grommets.

If you are looking at purchasing a custom raw material size, you can usually buy the next default size up and trim off the excess material after you have the material adhered to your wooden frame. Simply trim off the excess material after you have the material adhered to your wooden frame with a sharp scissors, utility knife or rotary cutter (such as those used by quilters). Your frame will be your straight edge. If you need a custom size larger than the default sizes please email us the following and we will reply with a quote.

  1. Desired Screen Material (15 Options) Compare them here
  2. Size/Dimensions (inches or Feet)
  3. City, State/Province, Country & Postal Code (for a shipping quote)

If you are looking at purchasing a custom finished edge screen size with black vinyl edges and grommets, email us the following and we will reply with a quote.

  1. Desired Screen Material (8 Options)
  2. Outer Dimensions/Size (inches or Feet)
    • The black vinyl edges are 2.5" on each side, top and bottom.
    • In general, we follow a 4" rule when building a frame; there should be 4" from the edge of the un-stretched Finished Edge Screen to the outside edge of a pipe frame. This assumes use of our 6" Black Ball Bungees and pipes which are 1" in diameter. If your frame materials &/or bungees are of a different size adjustments need to be made accordingly.
  3. City, State/Province, Country & Postal Code (for a shipping quote)

In an effort to keep prices low for all our valued customers, Carl's Place reserves the right to charge up to a 20% restocking fee on exchanges, returns, or cancellations on welded seam, customized screens and/or completed large volume orders. All screens must be returned in new condition and shipping fees, if applicable, are non-refundable. Orders received before 11 AM CST usually ship the next business day (M-F). Delivery Days Exclude Weekends (Sat-Sun) & Holidays. See our Shipping & Returns page for more details.

We can make a custom screen of any size and often make drive-in size movie screens, but there are some limitations. We can go as wide as you need, but to make a seamless custom size screen there is often a max height. However, a seamed screen is available for taller screens in several materials.

Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) material:

  • Seamless: 116 inches for regular shipping
  • Seamless: 118 inches which requires freight shipping
  • Seamed screens NOT available. Raw material only.

Blackout Cloth material:

  • Seamless: 110 inches
  • Blackout Cloth Finished Edge Screens (over 110"/9' tall) will have a Sewn Seam. Once stretched and the movie is running you should not notice the seam. Screens where at least one dimension is smaller than 9' tall will not have any seams.

FlexiGray, FlexiWhite, 9% Micro Pref. Acoustic FlexiWhite, Gray Rear Projection Film (RPF), White Rear Projection Film (RPF) and SilverScreen materials:

7% Nano Perf. Acoustic FlexiWhite material:

ProGray, ProWhite and ProSilver materials:

  • Seamless: 105 inches for regular shipping
  • Seamless: 126 inches which may require freight shipping
  • Seamed screens NOT available. Raw material only.

Short Throw/Ultra Short Throw and SheerWeave material:

  • Seamless: 98 inches
  • Seamed screens NOT available. Raw material only.

UltraWhite 4K material:

  • Seamless: 86 inches
  • Seamed screens NOT available. Raw material only.

Maybe. We do offer some full rolls of Projector Screen Material or even half rolls of Projector Screen Material. Please email us for a quote. We will need to know the following information:

  1. Which Projector Screen Material? (11 Options) Compare them here
  2. City, State/Province, Country & Postal Code (for a shipping quote)
  3. Is the shipping address a commercial/business address or a residential/home address?
    • The shipping carrier will verify if they deem this address as commercial or residential. Shipping to a commercial/business address may save you money on freight charges in the lower 48 United States.

Also see the "Material Information" section of our FAQ to learn about purchasing By-the-Foot.

We're sorry, at this time we do not offer this type of customization.

We're sorry, at this time we do not offer this type of customization.

We're sorry, at this time we do not offer printing services.

We do not carry Black Diamond™. However, Ambient Light Rejecting Projector Screen Material is your cost-effective alternative, to Black Diamond, for high ambient light environments. ALR will not produce the exact same results as a $5,000-$10,000 screen. However, ALR does add deeper blacks and higher contrast than a white screen in ambient light. For best results, the light should not come from the same direction as the projector. Unfortunately, ALR is not meant for full sunlight. There's no need for a dedicated dark room and no need to over-spend anymore!

We may sell projector screen paint in the future, but currently we do not sell this product.

Sorry Spandex is not currently in our product line, but you never know what the future holds.

We're sorry, we do not currently carry adhesive-backed or static window cling material, but you never know what the future holds.

Occasionally we get questions about curved frames, often from customers looking to build a flight simulator. If you are building a curved frame we are happy to make a custom size screen for you, if our default sizes will not work for your needs. We also have two sites we recommend for flight simulator builders. Visit cockpitbuilders.com and mycockpit.org for information and ideas on building a curved frame. Unfortunately, we do not currently sell curved frames or offer curved frame building instructions.

Unfortunately we do not currently carry roll down mechanisms, motorized rollers or kits. One customer did provide us the company name of RollerTrol Automation Systems. We have not tried their products but you can contact them for information. If you do decide try their products, let us know what you thought.

Carl offers free economy shipping, on most items, in the continental USA. Need expedited shipping or live outside the USA? No problem. You only pay the difference. Need a quote? Simply place the item(s) in your online shopping cart, enter your Country, State/Province and Postal Code in the "Estimate Shipping" box and click "Get a Quote". Shipping costs, when applicable, are based on total weight/length of the package & your location. However, most items on this site ship free via our standard shipping method to anywhere within the lower 48 United States. Shipping fees are non-refundable except in cases where delivery time guarantees are not met by the shipping carrier. Additionally, international customers are also responsible for paying all Duties and Taxes/VAT; including any advancement &/or "import" fees, as well as, any brokerage fees if applicable. Duties, taxes, VAT and fees are non-refundable. Carl's Place has a strict policy of representing all customs information honestly and accurately. To avoid delays, assign a broker in advance by contacting the shipping carrier after you receive your tracking number.  See our shipping policies for more information.

Remnants and Clearance: We strongly encourage international customers to consider brand new items due to international shipping costs on Remnants and Clearance items.

Most fabrics ship folded by default, however, there are some fabrics which cannot be folded such as UltraWhite 4K, Ambient Light Rejecting, ProWhite, ProGray, ProSilver, Short Throw and SheerWeave. Select raw materials, which normally ship folded, have the option to ship rolled on a tube for an additional fee based on total weight/length and postal code. Packaging options will display, when available, after you select a size on the product page. Some restrictions by the shipping carrier apply.  See our shipping policies for more information.

Projector Screen Material packaging options (box or tube) are visible after selecting the size you desire, in the drop down menu, under the product images. If you would like a freight quote because you do not see a rolled on a tube option online see our "Freight Shipping Information" question, here in the FAQ.

In the DIY market there is a wide range of comfort levels, skill sets and abilities. If you are at all concerned about folds and wrinkles you may want to consider ordering your material rolled, if available. Packaging options (box or tube) are visible after selecting the size you desire, in the drop down menu, under the product images. If you would like a freight quote because you do not see a rolled on a tube option online see our "Freight Shipping Information" question, here in the FAQ.

Also see our Care & Use and our Technical FAQ Information Sections for information on folds, wrinkles and safe storage.

Yes. Remove the material from the shipping package immediately upon receipt and allow the fabric to relax for a day or so before installing. If you choose a product that ships folded in a box or if you leave your screen in long-term storage, you will see fold marks when the material is first pulled out of the box, as any textile will have.

The absolute best way to remove folds is to use tension-mounting. When a screen is pulled tight (or bungeed) evenly around the screen we call this tensioned (tight like an artist canvas, drum or trampoline). Once installed and the proper tension has been applied evenly all the way around the screen, the folds should pull out nicely. Fold marks can be a good indicator you have applied the proper amount of tension during installation. See tension-mounting instructions here, as well as, the images at the bottom of the page.  Also watch customer, Griffin Hammond's, Stretch & Staple Technique on YouTube— Starting at the 3 Minute and 22 Second Mark.

Keep in mind, select materials have the option to ship rolled on a tube for an additional fee, if you prefer to avoid fold marks. In the DIY market there is a wide range of comfort levels, skill sets and abilities. If you are at all concerned about folds and wrinkles you may want to consider ordering your material rolled, if available. Packaging options (box or tube) are visible after selecting the size you desire, in the drop down menu, under the product images. If you would like a freight quote because you do not see a rolled on a tube option online see our "Freight Shipping Information" question, here in the FAQ.

Unfortunately, Carl's Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are not cared for responsibly. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - do your best to setup, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Also see our Care & Use and our Technical FAQ Information Sections for information on folds, wrinkles and safe storage.

Yes. Anywhere in the world, including APO addresses. Simply place the item(s) in your online shopping cart, enter your Country, State/Province and Zip/Postal Code in the "Estimate Shipping" box and click "Get a Quote".  See our shipping policies for more information.

Freight shipping can be costly, but we can make arrangements for you if necessary. Please be aware the quoting process, scheduling and pick up may take additional handling time. On average, freight to a commercial/business address in the lower 48 United States runs approximately $175.00 to $200.00. On average, freight to a residential/home address in the lower 48 United States runs about $300.00 to $350.00. Unfortunately, we do not have average international freight rates available, but we estimate it will be in the $350.00 to $750.00 range to most countries.

Prices vary based on your product length, weight and location. Packaging options (box or tube) are visible after selecting the size you desire, in the drop down menu, under the product images. If you would like a freight quote because you do not see a rolled on a tube option online we will need 4 pieces of information, via email, to obtain a freight quote. Please Email Us the following 4 pieces of critical information:

  1. Which Projector Screen Material? (15 Options) Compare them here
  2. Size (Ex: 126x302 inches or 126" x 45 Ft)
  3. Your complete shipping address (including City, State/Province, Country and Postal Code)
  4. Is the shipping address a commercial/business address or a residential/home address?
    • The shipping carrier will verify if they deem this address as commercial or residential. Shipping to a commercial/business address may save you money on freight charges in the lower 48 United States.

Finished Edge Screens cannot ship rolled.

We will do our best to provide a freight quote within 1-2 business days (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Central Time). Additional time is needed to allow our shipping carriers to provide the best rate options.

We'd love to hear from you. Customer Service is available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Central Time. We are closed evenings, weekends and holidays. Feel free to call us at +1(608) 352-0002 or email us. We will respond within 24 business hours (M-F).

Here's our top ten reasons why you should purchase your projector screen material, for your DIY projector screen, from Carl's Place: Customer Service, Competitive Pricing, Selection, Products are In-Stock, Customizable, Ships Fast & Ships Free, Multiple Payment Options, Satisfaction Guarantee and we've been In Business Since 2006.  Read Our Value Statement.

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All Carl's Place products can be purchased directly here at www.carlofet.com. You can also find our most popular products on Amazon and eBay. Product pricing is the same on all marketplaces. We do not currently have any other authorized dealers or retail stores, our products are only available through Carl's Place.

Carl's Place offers the lowest prices on the market, but unfortunately we do not have a wholesale program. However, our best pricing can be found on purchases of Master Rolls or Half Rolls of material. (Most materials except Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR), UltraWhite, ProSilver and Short Throw are available in a Master or Half Roll.) Master & Half Rolls require freight shipping. For a quote provide; the material you desire, your City, State/Province, Country & Postal Code. Shipping to a commercial/business address may save you money on freight charges in the lower 48 United States.