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How to Build a Projector Screen at Home

How to Build a Projector Screen at Home

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How to Select a Projector Screen Material

How to Select a Projector Screen Material

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How to Select Your Ideal Projector Screen Size

How to Select Your Ideal Projector Screen Size

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 the gain.

Generally speaking select a white material for a dark viewing environment like a movie theater.  If there is any light in the viewing environment that will be competing with the projector; use a light gray material for low light or a dark gray material for moderate light.

With that said, here are some popular uses for each material.

  • FlexiWhite, FlexiGray are the top-selling options for a wooden fixed frame, or portable kit where the screen is pulled tight and evenly in all four directions
  • ALR is the top selling option for a wooden fixed frame where the screen is pulled tight and evenly in all four directions, but is not portable
  • Ultra-White, Ultra-Gray and Ultra-ALR are the best options for designing your own roll down mechanism or stapling directly onto drywall (Max height: UW 98″, UG 86″ and UALR 90″)
  • ProWhite or ProGray are best when designing your own roll down mechanism or stapling directly onto drywall and you need a screen taller than Ultra (max height of 126-inches)
  • Rear Projection in White or Gray are the only options for placing the projector behind the screen.  It must have the words Rear Projection in the product title
  • Blackout Cloth is the best for an entry-level screen when the screen is pulled tight and evenly in all four directions
  • Nano Acoustic Flexi is the best option for placing your speakers behind the screen where the screen is pulled tight and evenly in all four directions
  • SheerWeave is best when designing your own roll down mechanism or stapling directly onto drywall and you have placed speakers behind the screen
  • SilverScreen: for passive 3D and a wooden frame, or portable kit where the screen is pulled tight and evenly in all four directions (2 projectors)
  • ProSilver: for passive 3D and a roll down mechanism or stapling directly onto drywall (2 projectors)

Generally speaking, we recommend using white projector screen materials for dark environments and gray projector screen materials for environments with ambient light. The darker you can get your viewing environment the better the results.  It is unlikely you will need gray if you have a dark viewing environment. Gray provides additional contrast when you have ambient light competing with your projector.

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, an example of low light might be a small light coming from the next room, moderate ambient light would be a light on in the same room as your screen and high ambient light might be from a window or door.

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

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.

All of our projector screen materials are compatible with HD projection, though your projector, of course, will need to be capable of projecting a native HD resolution. That said, materials with little to no texture can provide the sharpest possible picture for your high-definition and 4K 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 (ALR) and Ultra-ALR are specialized products for everyday usage, HD & 4K Ultra HD in a dark to a moderately lit environment. It also works for both active 3D and with two passive 3D projectors when ambient light is controlled.

FlexiWhite and UltraWhite work 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 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. Every day, 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 usually recommended for 3D usage – it may be possible in some cases, but you will get more pop from the materials mentioned above.

Our Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) and Ultra-ALR Materials are not recommended for ultra/short-throw projectors or edge-blending because the high gain of the product may result in hot spots in these scenarios.

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 the gain.  Buying a more expensive material that is not compatible with your projector, frame or lighting environment will not produce the desired results.

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

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 set-up environment, though, it will rival any front-projection set-up. 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.

Yes! Carl’s Gray Rear Projection Film and White Rear Projection Film are perfect for most 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.

These materials are not clear and may not be compatible with any holographic illusions requiring a clear surface.  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.

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

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.

Here at Carl’s Place, we use the word Remnant and/or Clearance item interchangeably.

Disclaimer:  Carl’s Place remnants/clearance items have slight blemishes, stubborn folds, are lightly soiled, have backward grommets, are an uncommon size or come in an opened box but should generally be OK for projection.

  • Remnants/Clearance items are sold as is.
  • Remnants/Clearance items are not flawless.
  • Remnants/Clearance items are not returnable for refund.
  • All sales are final, no returns.

All clearance items are pre-packaged for shipping so unfortunately, we are unable to indicate the exact defect on any specific item. We can tell you the flaw or defect will be visible, and we would never sell anything in poor condition. Remnants/Clearance items are priced in such a way that most customers will be happy with the purchase, including the defect, at the discounted price. However, since clearance items are non-returnable, if a visible defect is going to bother you then you may want to consider a brand-new product which is guaranteed to be flawless. Remnants/Clearance items are Not flawless.

Generally speaking, if you are looking at a product that has “(x) Sizes” in the product title it has never been used but has a manufacturing defect of some kind. If the product title lists only one specific size, this is usually a gently used return from a customer.

Remnants/Clearance items are sold as is. They are not customizable. Unless specified, this item ships folded in a box and cannot be rolled. Prices are good while supplies last. Remnants/Clearance items are not returnable for refund. All sales are final, no returns.

Please note, we strongly encourage international customers to consider brand new items due to international shipping costs on Remnants and Clearance items.

Our movie screen materials will NOT withstand the impact of a golf ball.

Put simply, aspect ratio refers to the shape of the image being projected (slightly more square or widescreen). 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).

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.

The max height, for a seamless screen, varies by material.  Width is not an issue.

Max Height of 126-inches:

  • FlexiWhite
  • FlexiGray
  • Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR)
  • White Rear Projection
  • Gray Rear Projection
  • ProWhite
  • ProGray
  • SilverScreen
  • ProSilver

Max Height of 110-inches:

  • Blackout Cloth

Max Height of 98-inches:

  • Ultra-White
  • Ultra-Gray
  • SheerWeave

Max Height of 90-inches:

  • Ultra-ALR

Max Height of 86-inches:

  • Nano Acoustic FlexiWhite
  • Nano Acoustic FlexiGray

Designers and DIY enthusiasts alike can choose from multiple sizes and prices perfect for any custom-look, space, and budget. Keep in mind, the size you order is the size you will receive. If you plan to wrap the material around the frame and staple it on the back of your frame you may need to order a slightly larger cut of material or build your frame slightly smaller than the cut of fabric you decide to purchase. If you plan to use the non-wrap technique and staple the material to the front of your frame, to use the fabric cut to the fullest, consider buying Black Felt Tape to cover your staples and give yourself a professional-looking, contrast-boosting border (sold separately).

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

Gain is a measurement of the reflectivity of any screen or projection surface.  Learn more at projectorcentral.com/projector_screens_gain

Why don’t rear projection materials show a gain measurement?
In our opinion, Rear Projection screens do not have a gain since the light passes through the material instead of reflecting from the screen and back to the viewer.

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.

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 on the front smooth rubbery coating side of Blackout Cloth or you risk melting the reflective coating. Use extreme caution when using steam on the back of Blackout Cloth. Do Not use steam on any other type of material as it will melt PVC based screens.

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.

Shipping carriers require we staple (not just tape) end caps in the tubes to secure its contents. Be sure to remove the staples before extracting your material from a tube. Removing staples from the end of the tube, that will be opened, will ensure your material does not get scratched, ripped or damaged by the staples.

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 set-up, 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 set-up, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

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 set-up, 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.

A fixed-frame projector screen is often made of wood and is permanently mounted to the wall.
View our how to build a DIY projector screen page here.

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.

If you purchased a stiff material, such as Ultra-White, Ultra-Gray, Ultra-ALR, ProWhite, ProGray, ProSilver, 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.

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

When a screen is pulled tight 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. FlexiWhite, FlexiGray, Ambient Light Rejecting, Gray & White Rear Projection Film, Blackout Cloth, Nano Acoustic FlexiWhite, and SilverScreen work best under tension. We recommend stretching raw material over a wooden frame or using our 6″ Black Ball Bungees with our Finished Edge Screens, Hanging & Standing Kits.

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.  Then use tension mounting to pull out any remaining folds and wrinkles.

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.

Yes!

Most often buying the next default size up is the most cost-effective.  After you have the material adhered to your wooden frame simply trim off any excess material with a sharp scissors, utility knife or rotary cutter (such as those used by quilters). Your frame will be your straight edge.

If you plan to buy 20 feet or more consider our bulk by-the-foot product here.

However, if a custom size is needed, contact us with the following information:

  • The desired projector screen material
  • The cut size/outer dimensions in inches and
  • 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 a 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.

While we don’t sell projectors or recommend specific models, we have several tips to help you find a good projector.

The projector itself will determine the maximum image size and how far from the screen it will need to be mounted.

(Golf Tip:  Most golf customers mount the projector from the ceiling and place it above the tee to avoid seeing their own shadow on the image.  However, some customers place the projector on the floor inside the enclosure.  Of course, if you floor-mount your projector you must build a protective cover to keep it safe from golf balls and clubs. )

  • Start by visiting projectorcentral.com which offers several ways to research the best projector for your needs:
    • Check out their Top 10 Best Selling Home Theater Projectors Under $750
    • Also see their Top 10 Best Home Theater Projectors Under $1500
    • Use their “Find a Projector” page:
      1. Tip: Start by selecting the aspect ratio, desired throw distance and screen size
        Generally speaking, (16:9) is more common for theater and (4:3) is more common for golf.
        Throw distance is simply the number of feet between the screen and the projector.
        Generally speaking, the closer you put the projector to the screen the more likely the price will go up.
        Screen size is measured as a diagonal just like televisions.
      2. Tip: After selecting those three specs, only change one thing at a time
        Changing multiple options at once may result in undesired results.
        For example, try selecting a brightness of 2,000-4,000 lumens.
      3. Tip: Use their “Throw Calculator” to confirm the projector is capable of achieving the size and throw distance you desire.
  • Always confirm on the projector manufacturer’s website (BenQ, Epson, Optoma, and ViewSonic, etc.) that the information found on Projector Central is correct.

There are pros and cons to every projector, buyer reviews and competitive pricing on Amazon can be very helpful in making your final buying decision.

Go for it.  You got this!

We have not tried it, but our customers recommend the Disney WOW: World of Wonder Calibration Disc on Amazon.

We’re sorry, we do not currently sell:

  • Projectors*
  • Screen Paint
  • Roll Down Mechanisms
  • Motorized Rollers
  • Curved Frames
  • Spandex
  • Adhesive-Backed Material
  • Static Window Cling Material
  • Truss Systems
  • 3D Glasses
  • Black Diamond™ by Screen Innovations
  • Green Screens

*Unfortunately we don’t sell projectors but, we highly recommend projectorcentral.com.

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

We are located in Milton, Wisconsin which is about:

  • 45 minutes southeast of Madison, WI
  • 55 minutes north of Rockford, IL
  • 1.5 hours west of Milwaukee, WI
  • 2.25 hours east of Dubuque, IA or
  • 2.5 hours northwest of Chicago, IL

All Carl’s Place products can be purchased online here at 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.

If you are one of our many happy and satisfied customers and you would like to share your pictures; email them to info@carlofet.com. Please keep in mind your images may be posted on the internet; it’s best to avoid sharing images of your children, addresses, phone numbers, etc. All imagery should be family-friendly and appropriate for business use. Images which are grainy, blurry or contain inappropriate content may not get posted. By sending us your photographs you are agreeing we may use your image(s) on our website and/or any marketing material. Please review the following guidelines:

Carl’s Place offers the lowest prices on the market, but unfortunately, we do not have a traditional retailer/wholesale program.  However, our best pricing can be found on purchases of master rolls and half rolls of screen material.  Additionally, you may also see volume discounts on select products.  Additional options may be offered once you reach $10,000 in sales.  Unfortunately, not all materials are available in a master or half roll and not all products have volume discounts.

If you do not need a master roll, but plan to buy 20 feet or more consider our bulk by-the-foot product here.

Contact us for availability and a quote on master and half rolls.  We will need the following information:

  • Material name
  • City, state/province, country & postal code for a freight quote

Shipping to a commercial/business address may save you money on freight charges in the lower 48 United States.

 

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 the gain.

Generally speaking select a white material for a dark viewing environment like a movie theater.  If there is any light in the viewing environment that will be competing with the projector; use a light gray material for low light or a dark gray material for moderate light.

With that said, here are some popular uses for each material.

  • FlexiWhite, FlexiGray are the top-selling options for a wooden fixed frame, or portable kit where the screen is pulled tight and evenly in all four directions
  • Rear Projection in White or Gray are the only options for placing the projector behind the screen.  It must have the words Rear Projection in the product title
  • Blackout Cloth is the best for an entry-level screen when the screen is pulled tight and evenly in all four directions
  • Nano Acoustic Flexi is the best option for placing your speakers behind the screen where the screen is pulled tight and evenly in all four directions
  • SilverScreen: for passive 3D and a wooden frame, or portable kit where the screen is pulled tight and evenly in all four directions (2 projectors)

Generally speaking, we recommend using white projector screen materials for dark environments and gray projector screen materials for environments with ambient light. The darker you can get your viewing environment the better the results.  It is unlikely you will need gray if you have a dark viewing environment. Gray provides additional contrast when you have ambient light competing with your projector.

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, an example of low light might be a small light coming from the next room, moderate ambient light would be a light on in the same room as your screen and high ambient light might be from a window or door.

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

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.

All of our projector screen materials are compatible with HD projection, though your projector, of course, will need to be capable of projecting a native HD resolution. That said, materials with little to no texture can provide the sharpest possible picture for your high-definition and 4K 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 (ALR) and Ultra-ALR are specialized products for everyday usage, HD & 4K Ultra HD in a dark to a moderately lit environment. It also works for both active 3D and with two passive 3D projectors when ambient light is controlled.

FlexiWhite and UltraWhite work 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 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. Every day, 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 usually recommended for 3D usage – it may be possible in some cases, but you will get more pop from the materials mentioned above.

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 the gain.  Buying a more expensive material that is not compatible with your projector, frame or lighting environment will not produce the desired results.

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

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 set-up environment, though, it will rival any front-projection set-up. 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.

Yes! Carl’s Gray Rear Projection Film and White Rear Projection Film are perfect for most 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.

These materials are not clear and may not be compatible with any holographic illusions requiring a clear surface.  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.

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

Here at Carl’s Place, we use the word Remnant and/or Clearance item interchangeably.

Disclaimer:  Carl’s Place remnants/clearance items have slight blemishes, stubborn folds, are lightly soiled, have backward grommets, are an uncommon size or come in an opened box but should generally be OK for projection.

  • Remnants/Clearance items are sold as is.
  • Remnants/Clearance items are not flawless.
  • Remnants/Clearance items are not returnable for refund.
  • All sales are final, no returns.

All clearance items are pre-packaged for shipping so unfortunately, we are unable to indicate the exact defect on any specific item. We can tell you the flaw or defect will be visible, and we would never sell anything in poor condition. Remnants/Clearance items are priced in such a way that most customers will be happy with the purchase, including the defect, at the discounted price. However, since clearance items are non-returnable, if a visible defect is going to bother you then you may want to consider a brand-new product which is guaranteed to be flawless. Remnants/Clearance items are Not flawless.

Generally speaking, if you are looking at a product that has “(x) Sizes” in the product title it has never been used but has a manufacturing defect of some kind. If the product title lists only one specific size, this is usually a gently used return from a customer.

Remnants/Clearance items are sold as is. They are not customizable. Unless specified, this item ships folded in a box and cannot be rolled. Prices are good while supplies last. Remnants/Clearance items are not returnable for refund. All sales are final, no returns.

Please note, we strongly encourage international customers to consider brand new items due to international shipping costs on Remnants and Clearance items.

Our movie screen materials will NOT withstand the impact of a golf ball.

Put simply, aspect ratio refers to the shape of the image being projected (slightly more square or widescreen). 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).

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.

The max height, for a seamless screen, varies by material.  Width is not an issue.

Max Height of 126-inches:

  • FlexiWhite
  • FlexiGray
  • Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR)
  • White Rear Projection
  • Gray Rear Projection
  • ProWhite
  • ProGray
  • SilverScreen
  • ProSilver

Max Height of 110-inches:

  • Blackout Cloth

Max Height of 98-inches:

  • Ultra-White
  • Ultra-Gray
  • SheerWeave

Max Height of 90-inches:

  • Ultra-ALR

Max Height of 86-inches:

  • Nano Acoustic FlexiWhite
  • Nano Acoustic FlexiGray

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

Gain is a measurement of the reflectivity of any screen or projection surface.  Learn more at projectorcentral.com/projector_screens_gain

Why don’t rear projection materials show a gain measurement?
In our opinion, Rear Projection screens do not have a gain since the light passes through the material instead of reflecting from the screen and back to the viewer.

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 and then we grommet through all three layers (vinyl, impact material, 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.

Both the Total frame width and height of all our Hanging and Standing Projector Screen Kits can be found on the specifications tab located on the product page.  You can also download the kit assembly instructions from the product page as they are located on the documents tab.

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 frame/or 1-inch EMT pipe. Lastly, loop the cord over the ball behind the screen.

Hang flat for a nice image, but not tight or you risk the ball ricocheting back at you. Do not put tension on the screen; you need to allow for some movement.

The support poles, in the back of larger kits, would cast a shadow on your image. However, we do offer 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.

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.

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 on the front smooth rubbery coating side of Blackout Cloth or you risk melting the reflective coating. Use extreme caution when using steam on the back of Blackout Cloth. Do Not use steam on any other type of material as it will melt PVC based screens.

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.

Shipping carriers require we staple (not just tape) end caps in the tubes to secure its contents. Be sure to remove the staples before extracting your material from a tube. Removing staples from the end of the tube, that will be opened, will ensure your material does not get scratched, ripped or damaged by the staples.

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 set-up, 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 set-up, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Yes, it is safe to leave your screen outside for short-term periods (a 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, the 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 set-up, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

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 set-up, 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.

When a screen is pulled tight 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. FlexiWhite, FlexiGray, Ambient Light Rejecting, Gray & White Rear Projection Film, Blackout Cloth, Nano Acoustic FlexiWhite, and SilverScreen work best under tension. We recommend stretching raw material over a wooden frame or using our 6″ Black Ball Bungees with our Finished Edge Screens, Hanging & Standing Kits.

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.  Then use tension mounting to pull out any remaining folds and wrinkles.

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.

How much space is needed between the screen and my frame? THE 4″ RULE.

Our Hanging & Standing Kits take the guesswork 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 9×16 Foot Finished Edge Screen.

  1. Find the Total Height (C) and Total Width (D).It is located on the specifications tab on the product page.
    • In this example, the 9×16 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 5×9 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.

NOTE: The 4″ Rule is Not applicable for our Golf Impact Screens.

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.

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.

The first time you assemble your hanging or standing kit it should take approximately 30-60 minutes. After you have set-up 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!

Our Hanging Kits and our Standing Kits take the guesswork out of designing and building your frame, however, if a custom size is needed, contact us with the following information:

  • The desired projector screen material
  • The outer dimensions in inches
  • City, state/province, country & postal code for a shipping quote
    • The black vinyl edges are 2.5″ on each side, top, and bottom.
    • To achieve proper tension, for a flat, clear, crisp image, 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 also assumes use of our 6″ black ball bungees and pipes which are 1-inch in diameter. If your frame materials and/or bungees are of a different size, adjustments will need to be made accordingly.
    • If you have a smaller screen, such as a 5.5×7 or smaller, you may find it acceptable to reduce the 4″ rule to 3.5″. Conversely, if you have an oversize screen (larger than 10.5 ft. tall) you may need to increase the 4” rule to allow for 4-6 inches.
      • NOTE: The 4″ Rule is not applicable to Golf Impact Screens.

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.

Maybe.  Please email us and we will respond with any questions and/or a quote.

  1. A detailed diagram
  2. Desired screen material
  3. Measurements
  4. Detailed specifications
  5. 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. Custom shapes are non-returnable and sold as is.  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.

We’re sorry, at this time we do not offer or recommend this type of customization.

While we don’t sell projectors or recommend specific models, we have several tips to help you find a good projector.

The projector itself will determine the maximum image size and how far from the screen it will need to be mounted.

(Golf Tip:  Most golf customers mount the projector from the ceiling and place it above the tee to avoid seeing their own shadow on the image.  However, some customers place the projector on the floor inside the enclosure.  Of course, if you floor-mount your projector you must build a protective cover to keep it safe from golf balls and clubs. )

  • Start by visiting projectorcentral.com which offers several ways to research the best projector for your needs:
    • Check out their Top 10 Best Selling Home Theater Projectors Under $750
    • Also see their Top 10 Best Home Theater Projectors Under $1500
    • Use their “Find a Projector” page:
      1. Tip: Start by selecting the aspect ratio, desired throw distance and screen size
        Generally speaking, (16:9) is more common for theater and (4:3) is more common for golf.
        Throw distance is simply the number of feet between the screen and the projector.
        Generally speaking, the closer you put the projector to the screen the more likely the price will go up.
        Screen size is measured as a diagonal just like televisions.
      2. Tip: After selecting those three specs, only change one thing at a time
        Changing multiple options at once may result in undesired results.
        For example, try selecting a brightness of 2,000-4,000 lumens.
      3. Tip: Use their “Throw Calculator” to confirm the projector is capable of achieving the size and throw distance you desire.
  • Always confirm on the projector manufacturer’s website (BenQ, Epson, Optoma, and ViewSonic, etc.) that the information found on Projector Central is correct.

There are pros and cons to every projector, buyer reviews and competitive pricing on Amazon can be very helpful in making your final buying decision.

Go for it.  You got this!

We have not tried it, but our customers recommend the Disney WOW: World of Wonder Calibration Disc on Amazon.

We’re sorry, we do not currently sell:

  • Projectors*
  • Screen Paint
  • Roll Down Mechanisms
  • Motorized Rollers
  • Curved Frames
  • Spandex
  • Adhesive-Backed Material
  • Static Window Cling Material
  • Truss Systems
  • 3D Glasses
  • Black Diamond™ by Screen Innovations
  • Green Screens

*Unfortunately we don’t sell projectors but, we highly recommend projectorcentral.com.

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

We are located in Milton, Wisconsin which is about:

  • 45 minutes southeast of Madison, WI
  • 55 minutes north of Rockford, IL
  • 1.5 hours west of Milwaukee, WI
  • 2.25 hours east of Dubuque, IA or
  • 2.5 hours northwest of Chicago, IL

All Carl’s Place products can be purchased online here at 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.

If you are one of our many happy and satisfied customers and you would like to share your pictures; email them to info@carlofet.com. Please keep in mind your images may be posted on the internet; it’s best to avoid sharing images of your children, addresses, phone numbers, etc. All imagery should be family-friendly and appropriate for business use. Images which are grainy, blurry or contain inappropriate content may not get posted. By sending us your photographs you are agreeing we may use your image(s) on our website and/or any marketing material. Please review the following guidelines:

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 the gain.

Generally speaking select a white material for a dark viewing environment like a movie theater.  If there is any light in the viewing environment that will be competing with the projector; use a light gray material for low light or a dark gray material for moderate light.

With that said, here are some popular uses for each material.

  • FlexiWhite, FlexiGray are the top-selling options for a wooden fixed or portable frame where the screen is pulled tight and evenly in all four directions (requires a welded seam)
  • Rear Projection in White or Gray are the only options for placing the projector behind the screen.  It must have the words Rear Projection in the product title and work best for a wooden fixed or portable frame where the screen is pulled tight and evenly in all four directions  (requires a welded seam)
  • Blackout Cloth is the best for an entry-level screen when the screen is pulled tight and evenly in all four directions (requires a sewn seam)
  • SilverScreen: for passive 3D and a wooden fixed or portable frame where the screen is pulled tight and evenly in all four directions (2 projectors) – (requires a welded seam)

Generally speaking, we recommend using white projector screen materials for dark environments and gray projector screen materials for environments with ambient light. The darker you can get your viewing environment the better the results.  It is unlikely you will need gray if you have a dark viewing environment. Gray provides additional contrast when you have ambient light competing with your projector.

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, an example of low light might be a small light coming from the next room, moderate ambient light would be a light on in the same room as your screen and high ambient light might be from a window or door.

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

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.

All of our projector screen materials are compatible with HD projection, though your projector, of course, will need to be capable of projecting a native HD resolution. That said, materials with little to no texture can provide the sharpest possible picture for your high-definition and 4K 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 (ALR) and Ultra-ALR are specialized products for everyday usage, HD & 4K Ultra HD in a dark to a moderately lit environment. It also works for both active 3D and with two passive 3D projectors when ambient light is controlled.

FlexiWhite and UltraWhite work 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 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. Every day, 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 usually recommended for 3D usage – it may be possible in some cases, but you will get more pop from the materials mentioned above.

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 the gain.  Buying a more expensive material that is not compatible with your projector, frame or lighting environment will not produce the desired results.

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

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 set-up environment, though, it will rival any front-projection set-up. 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.

Here at Carl’s Place, we use the word Remnant and/or Clearance item interchangeably.

Disclaimer:  Carl’s Place remnants/clearance items have slight blemishes, stubborn folds, are lightly soiled, have backward grommets, are an uncommon size or come in an opened box but should generally be OK for projection.

  • Remnants/Clearance items are sold as is.
  • Remnants/Clearance items are not flawless.
  • Remnants/Clearance items are not returnable for refund.
  • All sales are final, no returns.

All clearance items are pre-packaged for shipping so unfortunately, we are unable to indicate the exact defect on any specific item. We can tell you the flaw or defect will be visible, and we would never sell anything in poor condition. Remnants/Clearance items are priced in such a way that most customers will be happy with the purchase, including the defect, at the discounted price. However, since clearance items are non-returnable, if a visible defect is going to bother you then you may want to consider a brand-new product which is guaranteed to be flawless. Remnants/Clearance items are Not flawless.

Generally speaking, if you are looking at a product that has “(x) Sizes” in the product title it has never been used but has a manufacturing defect of some kind. If the product title lists only one specific size, this is usually a gently used return from a customer.

Remnants/Clearance items are sold as is. They are not customizable. Unless specified, this item ships folded in a box and cannot be rolled. Prices are good while supplies last. Remnants/Clearance items are not returnable for refund. All sales are final, no returns.

Please note, we strongly encourage international customers to consider brand new items due to international shipping costs on Remnants and Clearance items.

Our movie screen materials will NOT withstand the impact of a golf ball.

Put simply, aspect ratio refers to the shape of the image being projected (slightly more square or widescreen). 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).

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.

Designers and DIY enthusiasts alike can choose from multiple sizes and prices perfect for any custom-look, space, and budget. Keep in mind, the size you order is the size you will receive. If you plan to wrap the material around the frame and staple it on the back of your frame you may need to order a slightly larger cut of material or build your frame slightly smaller than the cut of fabric you decide to purchase. If you plan to use the non-wrap technique and staple the material to the front of your frame, to use the fabric cut to the fullest, consider buying Black Felt Tape to cover your staples and give yourself a professional-looking, contrast-boosting border (sold separately).

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

Gain is a measurement of the reflectivity of any screen or projection surface.  Learn more at projectorcentral.com/projector_screens_gain

Why don’t rear projection materials show a gain measurement?
In our opinion, Rear Projection screens do not have a gain since the light passes through the material instead of reflecting from the screen and back to the viewer.

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 and then we grommet through all three layers (vinyl, impact material, 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.

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 frame/or 1-inch EMT pipe. Lastly, loop the cord over the ball behind the screen.

Hang flat for a nice image, but not tight or you risk the ball ricocheting back at you. Do not put tension on the screen; you need to allow for some movement.

Oversize Welded Seam Large Venue Screens (over 126″/10.5′ tall) are available in FlexiGray, 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 set-up, 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.

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 on the front smooth rubbery coating side of Blackout Cloth or you risk melting the reflective coating. Use extreme caution when using steam on the back of Blackout Cloth. Do Not use steam on any other type of material as it will melt PVC based screens.

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.

Shipping carriers require we staple (not just tape) end caps in the tubes to secure its contents. Be sure to remove the staples before extracting your material from a tube. Removing staples from the end of the tube, that will be opened, will ensure your material does not get scratched, ripped or damaged by the staples.

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 set-up, 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 set-up, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Yes, it is safe to leave your screen outside for short-term periods (a 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, the 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 set-up, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

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 set-up, 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.

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.

When a screen is pulled tight 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. FlexiWhite, FlexiGray, Ambient Light Rejecting, Gray & White Rear Projection Film, Blackout Cloth, Nano Acoustic FlexiWhite, and SilverScreen work best under tension. We recommend stretching raw material over a wooden frame or using our 6″ Black Ball Bungees with our Finished Edge Screens, Hanging & Standing Kits.

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.  Then use tension mounting to pull out any remaining folds and wrinkles.

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.

How much space is needed between the screen and my frame? THE 4″ RULE.

Our Hanging & Standing Kits take the guesswork 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 9×16 Foot Finished Edge Screen.

  1. Find the Total Height (C) and Total Width (D).It is located on the specifications tab on the product page.
    • In this example, the 9×16 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 5×9 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.

NOTE: The 4″ Rule is Not applicable for our Golf Impact Screens.

Generally no. We do not advise placing grommets directly into the material. However, we offer finished vinyl edged screens with grommets installed.

Yes!

Our Hanging Kits and our Standing Kits take the guesswork out of designing and building your frame, however, if a custom size is needed, contact us with the following information:

  • The desired projector screen material
  • The outer dimensions in inches
  • City, state/province, country & postal code for a shipping quote
    • The black vinyl edges are 2.5″ on each side, top, and bottom.
    • To achieve proper tension, for a flat, clear, crisp image, 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 also assumes use of our 6″ black ball bungees and pipes which are 1-inch in diameter. If your frame materials and/or bungees are of a different size, adjustments will need to be made accordingly.
    • If you have a smaller screen, such as a 5.5×7 or smaller, you may find it acceptable to reduce the 4″ rule to 3.5″. Conversely, if you have an oversize screen (larger than 10.5 ft. tall) you may need to increase the 4” rule to allow for 4-6 inches.
      • NOTE: The 4″ Rule is not applicable to Golf Impact Screens.

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.

Maybe.  Please email us and we will respond with any questions and/or a quote.

  1. A detailed diagram
  2. Desired screen material
  3. Measurements
  4. Detailed specifications
  5. 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. Custom shapes are non-returnable and sold as is.  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.

While we don’t sell projectors or recommend specific models, we have several tips to help you find a good projector.

The projector itself will determine the maximum image size and how far from the screen it will need to be mounted.

(Golf Tip:  Most golf customers mount the projector from the ceiling and place it above the tee to avoid seeing their own shadow on the image.  However, some customers place the projector on the floor inside the enclosure.  Of course, if you floor-mount your projector you must build a protective cover to keep it safe from golf balls and clubs. )

  • Start by visiting projectorcentral.com which offers several ways to research the best projector for your needs:
    • Check out their Top 10 Best Selling Home Theater Projectors Under $750
    • Also see their Top 10 Best Home Theater Projectors Under $1500
    • Use their “Find a Projector” page:
      1. Tip: Start by selecting the aspect ratio, desired throw distance and screen size
        Generally speaking, (16:9) is more common for theater and (4:3) is more common for golf.
        Throw distance is simply the number of feet between the screen and the projector.
        Generally speaking, the closer you put the projector to the screen the more likely the price will go up.
        Screen size is measured as a diagonal just like televisions.
      2. Tip: After selecting those three specs, only change one thing at a time
        Changing multiple options at once may result in undesired results.
        For example, try selecting a brightness of 2,000-4,000 lumens.
      3. Tip: Use their “Throw Calculator” to confirm the projector is capable of achieving the size and throw distance you desire.
  • Always confirm on the projector manufacturer’s website (BenQ, Epson, Optoma, and ViewSonic, etc.) that the information found on Projector Central is correct.

There are pros and cons to every projector, buyer reviews and competitive pricing on Amazon can be very helpful in making your final buying decision.

Go for it.  You got this!

We have not tried it, but our customers recommend the Disney WOW: World of Wonder Calibration Disc on Amazon.

We’re sorry, we do not currently sell:

  • Projectors*
  • Screen Paint
  • Roll Down Mechanisms
  • Motorized Rollers
  • Curved Frames
  • Spandex
  • Adhesive-Backed Material
  • Static Window Cling Material
  • Truss Systems
  • 3D Glasses
  • Black Diamond™ by Screen Innovations
  • Green Screens

*Unfortunately we don’t sell projectors but, we highly recommend projectorcentral.com.

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

We are located in Milton, Wisconsin which is about:

  • 45 minutes southeast of Madison, WI
  • 55 minutes north of Rockford, IL
  • 1.5 hours west of Milwaukee, WI
  • 2.25 hours east of Dubuque, IA or
  • 2.5 hours northwest of Chicago, IL

All Carl’s Place products can be purchased online here at 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.

If you are one of our many happy and satisfied customers and you would like to share your pictures; email them to info@carlofet.com. Please keep in mind your images may be posted on the internet; it’s best to avoid sharing images of your children, addresses, phone numbers, etc. All imagery should be family-friendly and appropriate for business use. Images which are grainy, blurry or contain inappropriate content may not get posted. By sending us your photographs you are agreeing we may use your image(s) on our website and/or any marketing material. Please review the following guidelines:

Yes! Carl’s golf impact screens can be found right here. Since we sell both movie projection screens and golf impact screens; any product suitable for golf will have the words “Golf” and “Impact” in the product title. Unfortunately, the rest of our product line will not withstand the impact of a golf ball.

Take the guesswork out of designing your own by shopping our golf simulator enclosures here.

View Our Golf Screen Comparison Chart Here

All our impact screens should withstand several thousands of strikes from even the best golfers and are for use with real golf balls.

Our best value for home users is our Preferred golf screen which offers the best durability for just a few dollars more than our Standard option.  If you are a beginner or have a tight budget, you should consider our Standard golf screens.  However, our top-selling product with the highest customer satisfaction is our Premium.  Premium offers some noise reduction and helps to dampen the sound of each strike of the ball. *

Additionally, all our golf impact screen materials are compatible for HD/4K projection, though your projector, of course, will need to be capable of projecting a native high-definition resolution. Standard impact screens have the most texture and are likely to provide the appearance of a lower resolution image. While Premium impact screens have very little texture, they can provide the sharpest possible picture for your high-definition images.  Please note, the properties of Preferred’s single layer construction are likely to show dimples from each ball strike. The dimples do not hurt the material, but it may be visible within your image.

Keep in mind, impact screens are “wearable” products, and depending on the individual use, may start showing wear, such as scuff marks and dimples, immediately after its first use. This is normal. However, over the long haul this wear may affect the amount of visible texture seen on the screen and therefore HD/4K image quality. To make the best buying decision weigh your level of use, need for noise reduction and budget with your desire for image quality.

Commercial facilities are strongly encouraged to buy Premium golf impact screens.
*Does your swing analyzer require noise?  If yes, consider a Preferred or Standard golf screen.

Impact screens are “wearable” products, and depending on the individual user, they may start showing wear immediately after its first use. This wear, including scuff marks and dimples, is normal. All our impact screens, however, should withstand several thousands of strikes from even the best golfers.

Our preferred and premium impact screens have been independently tested. Results indicate medium wear will be seen around 4,000-5,000 shots and heavy wear will be seen around 14,000-20,000 shots. Read the article on mygolfspy.com

The front will always be folded facing in, to protect it, and the back will be facing out. For a long-lasting screen make sure to use the correct side for impact. If you purchased a finished edge screen you can also use the grommets to differentiate the front from the back of your golf screen. The front of the grommet has a smooth, rounded, and aesthetically pleasing appearance. The back of the grommet has a rim or raised ridge along the inner circle.

  • Standard Impact Screen:  The raised open weave side with a herringbone pattern faces the audience. The back has straight rows of thread.  Quick Look
  • Preferred Impact Screen:  The raised tight-knit side with a herringbone pattern faces the audience. The back has straight rows.  Quick Look
  • Premium Golf Impact Screen Material:  The front has very straight rows which face the audience. The back has a very tightly woven squiggle.  Quick Look

Do NOT use a golf ball with Sharpie marker on it and make sure your clubs and golf balls are clean to avoid getting dirt or grass stains on your screen.

All of our golf impact screen materials are compatible with HD projection, though your projector, of course, will need to be capable of projecting a native HD resolution. That said, premium impact screens have very little texture, they can provide the sharpest possible picture for your high-definition and 4K images.

However, keep in mind, impact screens are “wearable” products and over time may start showing wear, over the long haul this wear may affect the amount of visible texture (dimples, scuff marks, etc.) seen on the screen and therefore HD/4K UHD image quality. Generally speaking, commercial facilities are happiest with our premium golf screens and individual home users are often happiest with our preferred golf impact screens.

No, sorry they cannot. All golf impact screens are front-projection only. Front-projection materials are opaque. The image will not show through the screen.

Here at Carl’s Place, we use the word Remnant and/or Clearance Item interchangeably.

Disclaimer:  Carl’s Place remnants/clearance items have flaws such as being lightly soiled, runs, scuffs, or minor manufacturing defects such as stains or blemishes. It may contain stubborn folds, have backward grommets or it’s just an uncommon size but it should generally be OK for projection.

  • Remnants/Clearance items are sold as is.
  • Remnants/Clearance items are not flawless.
  • Remnants/Clearance items are not returnable for refund.
  • All sales are final, no returns.

All clearance items are pre-packaged for shipping so unfortunately, we are unable to indicate the exact defect on any specific item. We can tell you the flaw or defect will be visible, and we would never sell anything in poor condition. Remnants/Clearance items are priced in such a way that most customers will be happy with the purchase, including the defect, at the discounted price. However, since clearance items are non-returnable, if a visible defect is going to bother you then you may want to consider a brand-new product which is guaranteed to be flawless. Remnants/Clearance items are Not flawless.

Generally speaking, if you are looking at a product that has “(x) Sizes” in the product title it has never been used but has a manufacturing defect of some kind. If the product title lists only one specific size, this is usually a gently used return from a customer.

Remnants/Clearance items are sold as is. They are not customizable. Unless specified, this item ships folded in a box and cannot be rolled. Prices are good while supplies last. Remnants/Clearance items are not returnable for refund. All sales are final, no returns.

Please note, we strongly encourage international customers to consider brand new items due to international shipping costs on Remnants and Clearance items.

Important:  All golf impact screens have the words “Golf” and “Impact” in the title. Unfortunately, the rest of our product line will NOT withstand the impact of a golf ball.

Everything is included to build the enclosure itself except the 1-inch EMT pipe.  EMT or Electrical Metal Tubing (sometimes called electrical metal conduit) is required to complete the frame. EMT steel pipe can be found at any local hardware store such as Home Depot or Lowe’s. Your kit will include all the details on what lengths and quantities of EMT are required and your local hardware store might even cut it to length for you, especially if you call in advance.  EMT is found in the electrical section.

The listing size is the approximate screen size, but frame dimensions are bigger than the screen.  Be sure to consult the specifications chart to make sure the enclosure will fit in the space you have available.  For example, the 8 x 10.5 x 5 Foot option has a frame size of 100 x 130.33 x 59.125 inches or 8.3 x 10.9 x 4.9 Feet.

We recommend placing your golf simulator enclosure a minimum of 8-12 inches of buffer space away from the wall, behind the impact screen itself, and approximately 2-6 inches of buffer space away from side walls and ceilings.  For the safety of both the golfer and the screen we recommend standing a minimum distance of 10 to 12 feet away from the screen.  To determine how much space you will need consider a minimum of the enclosure’s:

  • frame height plus 2-inches
  • frame width plus 4-inches
    • a min. room depth of 15-18 feet

Don’t forget to take into account the:

  • recommended minimum buffer space
  • safe golfing distance away the screen
  • height of the golfer(s)
  • length of the golf club(s)
  • turf thickness, heating ducts and soffits
  • furniture and access to doorways

Please make sure to take proper safety precautions. DO take every precaution; keep children, pets and spectators out of swing range. DO take every precaution to protect ceilings, walls, windows, cars & neighboring homes. Carl’s Place is not responsible for damage to property &/or personal injury.

Your golf simulator enclosure assembles in just a few easy steps and will take approximately 45-60 minutes depending on the size. Of course, it goes a bit faster if you have a helper.

Start by inserting the pipe 4 inches into each fitting.  Our impact screens are made to fit just right, but if you feel the screen is too lose (seeing ripples) or too tight (experiencing bounce back) the enclosures are designed to be adjustable so you can simply push or pull the pipe in or out of the corner pieces to make small adjustments.  Personal satisfaction may take some trial and error.

Golf simulator enclosure kits are made to order and may require up to 10 business days for manufacturing.  Cooler months are considered the busy season but in warmer months the enclosures are likely to ship much faster.

The black nylon is not designed to take a direct hit from a golf ball, however, if you hit the white impact screen, it bounces and hits the black nylon you should not experience any issues.

Yes!  We’re glad to hear you love your enclosure and you have used it so much you have finally, after thousands of shots, worn it out.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to buy an entire full enclosure.  We can easily make you a replacement screen to save you money.

Impact screens are “wearable” products, and depending on the individual user, they may start showing wear immediately after its first use. This wear, including scuff marks and dimples, is normal. All our impact screens, however, should withstand several thousands of strikes from even the best golfers.

Aspect ratio simply refers to the shape of the image being projected. When the ratio of the projector, image, and screen match the image fills the entire screen and you will not see black masking bars.

What are black masking bars? Think … “this film has been modified to fit your TV”. When a film has not been modified to fit your TV screen you often see black bars at the top and bottom or left and right of your screen.

An aspect ratio of 4:3 has the shape of a CRT TV, and a 16:9 has the shape of a flat screen TV. The 4:3 is very common for golf simulators because it allows you to go taller, giving you more room to swing, without needing a wider room. If space allows the 16:9 is great for 4K and HD images, but be aware if you are tall or have limited room depth that this option may be too short for you to swing a golf club. The 1:1 is square, it’s uncommon for projection, but may work if space is limited, although it increases the chances of seeing black bars and you will likely have to adjust the settings on your computer.

For some customers, the projected image is secondary while the safety of the surrounding area is the priority.  Selecting a size where the aspect ratio is not applicable (NA) so that it fits your space is also an option.  Just be aware the image will not fill the entire screen if you are using it for projection and the black masking bars will be visible.

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Customers who have purchased our raw impact screen material have used various fasteners. Some have used clamps at the top; others staple the top to a piece of wood all along the top and simply let it hang.

Most customers purchase a finished edge impact screen and use our bungees. You can also consider shock cord/rope, carabiners, and loose zip ties.

Make sure you fasten it in such a way that the screen or material has some give. For example, do not bolt the material through the grommet holes as it does not allow enough movement to absorb each golf ball strike and you risk the ball ricocheting back at you. Do not put tension on the screen; you need to allow for some movement.

Or take the guesswork out of designing your own by shopping our golf simulator enclosures here.

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 and then we grommet through all three layers (vinyl, impact material, 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.

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 frame/or 1-inch EMT pipe. Lastly, loop the cord over the ball behind the screen.

Hang flat for a nice image, but not tight or you risk the ball ricocheting back at you. Do not put tension on the screen; you need to allow for some movement.

Yes. Please make sure to take proper safety precautions. Do take every precaution; keep children, pets, and spectators out of swing range. Do take every precaution to protect ceilings, walls, windows, cars & neighboring homes. Carl’s place is not responsible for damage to property &/or personal injury.

For the safety of both the golfer and the screen, we recommend standing a distance of 10-12 feet or more away from the screen.

Factors that determine the amount of bounce back will be; how you have chosen to hang/install the screen, the distance you are standing from the screen, the strength you hit the ball and the club you are using. Generally speaking, if the screen is draped loosely, and not stretched tight, you should experience minimal to no bounce back at all. Mount the screen in such a way that allows it to “give” enough to absorb the strike and it should almost stop the ball completely.

Yes. Remove your screen material from the shipping package immediately upon receipt. When a product 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.

Time, screen weight and gravity will relax fold marks after the impact screen has been installed.  This process may take a few days or up to a few weeks depending on how long the screen was left folded.

Unfortunately, we do not recommend using an iron or a steamer.

No.  We do not recommend using an iron or steamer on Golf Impact Screen materials.

Remove the material from the shipping package immediately upon receipt. 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. Folds marks may take a few days to weeks to relax.

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 set-up, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Do not use a golf ball with a sharpie marker on it and make sure your clubs and golf balls are clean to avoid getting dirt or grass stains on your screen.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – do your best to set-up, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment. However, you can lightly spot clean your screen with water and a Q-tip, soft rag or sponge. Mild dish soap can be used in small areas with a light touch. Please use care and always test in a very small area first.  IMPORTANT: Do Not allow the golf screen to air dry or you risk seeing a water spot. Use a hairdryer or fan to dry the golf screen quickly.

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.

Wind is a powerful force of nature! If you are expecting inclement weather make sure your screen is properly anchored.

It is safe to leave your standard or preferred impact screen outside for short-term periods (a handful of days per summer), but long-term it is best to take the screen down to protect it from the elements. Premium impact screens are best used indoors and are not recommended for outdoor use. When you take your standard or preferred impact screen inside 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.

Unfortunately, Carl’s Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are left outside, especially during a storm. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – do your best to set-up, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Always make sure your screen is completely clean and dry before storing to avoid spots, mold or mildew.

If you plan to repeatedly fold and unfold your screen, do so loosely. Long-term storage and tight folds may take a few days or even a few weeks to relax.

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 set-up, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

The easiest answer is to shop our golf simulator enclosure kits where we design it for you and all you have to do is assemble it according to our detailed instructions.  If you are looking to design your own solution keep reading.

Depending on where you plan to install your golf impact screen you have a variety of installation options. Some customers who plan to use it in their garage or barn simply hang the screen from the rafters and allow it to hang loosely. Commercial settings and customers building indoor golf simulators often require additional safety features and use baffle nets or full golf simulator enclosures. Alternatively, some customers are somewhere in between these two options and build a hitting cage from which to hang it.

Hanging your golf screen to your personal satisfaction may require some trial and error. The trick is to hang it flat for a nice image, but not tight or you risk the ball ricocheting back at you. Do not put tension on the screen; you need to allow for some movement.

If you are building a golf enclosure, hitting cage or frame you have the option to get a screen that is the same size as your frame which provides the material a little additional slack.

However, some customers do not care for the additional slack/draping of the material and choose a screen that is slightly smaller than their framework. Additionally, you may prefer the impact screen fit a specific height, while others prefer additional height and allow the screen to drape on the ground at the bottom and assist in ball return. There is no right or wrong answer, only personal preference.

Keep in mind, if you are using a framework of any kind and you prefer to avoid slack/draping of the material, we generally recommend the 2-inch guideline. The 2″ guideline is to make sure the framework is no more than 2 inches wider than your screen. Conversely, make sure the screen is no more than 2 inches smaller than the width of your framework. This means a maximum of 4 inches (or 2 inches per side). Again the trick is to hang your golf screen flat for a nice image, but not tight or you risk the ball ricocheting back at you. Do not put tension on the golf screen; you need to allow for some movement.

Our movie projection screens utilize a four-inch rule per side or a total of 8 inches. This will be too tight for a golf impact screen and increases the odds of experiencing safety issues for both the golfer and the screen.

We recommend mounting your golf impact screen a minimum of one foot away from the wall, just to be safe. If you are really good and hit the ball hard you may want to increase this distance. This is also true if you build a Golf Simulator Enclosure or Hitting Cage. Make sure the screen is a minimum of one foot away from any support poles or you risk the ball ricocheting back at you. Do not put tension on the screen, you need to allow for some movement.

Generally no. We do not advise placing grommets directly into the material. However, we offer finished vinyl edged screens with grommets installed.

EMT stands for Electrical Metal Tubing, also known as, Electrical Metal Conduit. The 1-inch pipe size fits into our corner and support fittings/connector pieces.  Golf simulator enclosure kits do NOT include the required 1″ EMT pipe/poles due to the impracticality of shipping. Instead, you can find EMT pipes at your local building supply store. Find 1″ EMT at Home Depot or Lowes. EMT pipe comes in a maximum length of 10 Feet long.

PVC pipes will not work with our Fittings.

Yes! Simply contact us with the frame dimensions and screen material and we’ll do the rest.

  1. Provide the enclosure’s:  height x width x depth
    • Max height 124.75 inches
    • Max width 163.33 inches  (recommended to avoid frame bowing and/or screen sagging)
    • Max depth 119 inches
  2. Tell us which golf screen material you’d like
  3. City, state/province, country & postal code (for a shipping quote)

While we can make a custom size, we cannot make a custom shaped enclosure.  For example, we cannot make an enclosure that is 10 foot deep on one side and only 5 foot deep on the other.

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 or returns on customized screens. Custom screens must be returned in like new condition and shipping fees, if any, are non-refundable.

Yes, please contact us for a quote.

Be sure to indicate:

  1. The outer dimensions using inches
  2. Raw material or finished with black vinyl edges and grommets
  3. Standard, Preferred or Premium impact material (Max height 120-inches)
  4. 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 or returns on customized screens. Custom screens must be returned in like new condition and shipping fees, if any, are non-refundable.

We can make a custom screen of any width, but the maximum height is 120-inches. All impact screens are seamless.

Yes, please contact us for a quote.

Be sure to indicate and include:

  1. A detailed diagram/drawing including detailed outer dimensions using inches
  2. The desired impact screen material; standard, preferred or premium (max height 120-inches)
  3. Where is the flap, hem or sleeve located (top, side(s), bottom)?
    • How big are the flaps, hem and/or sleeve (1-inch, 1-foot, sleeve to hold a shock cord or 1-inch pipe)?
  4. Is the non-adhesive Velcro® sewn onto the front or the back?
    • Is the Velcro black or white?
    • Is it located at the top/bottom and/or left/right?
    • Do you need 1-inch or 2-inch?
    • Do you need the hook/rough side or loop/smooth side?
    • Do you need the companion side of the Velcro?  (adhesive or non-adhesive)
    • NOTE:  You need to allow for some movement of the screen
    • NOTE:  We cannot run adhesive Velcro through our sewing machines
  5. 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 a 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.

Most likely, please contact us for a quote.

Be sure to indicate and include:

  1. A detailed diagram/drawing including detailed outer dimensions using inches
  2. Standard, preferred or premium impact screen material (Max Height 120-inches)
  3. Raw material or finished with black vinyl edges and grommets
  4. City, State/Province, Country & Postal Code (for a shipping quote)
  5. A picture of the room may also be helpful (optional)

Unfortunately, we cannot make a custom roof-line shaped full enclosure. Only the screen itself may be possible.

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 or returns on customized screens. Custom screens must be returned in like new condition and shipping fees, if any, are non-refundable.

While we don’t sell projectors or recommend specific models, we have several tips to help you find a good projector.

The projector itself will determine the maximum image size and how far from the screen it will need to be mounted.

(Golf Tip:  Most golf customers mount the projector from the ceiling and place it above the tee to avoid seeing their own shadow on the image.  However, some customers place the projector on the floor inside the enclosure.  Of course, if you floor-mount your projector you must build a protective cover to keep it safe from golf balls and clubs. )

  • Start by visiting projectorcentral.com which offers several ways to research the best projector for your needs:
    • Check out their Top 10 Best Selling Home Theater Projectors Under $750
    • Also see their Top 10 Best Home Theater Projectors Under $1500
    • Use their “Find a Projector” page:
      1. Tip: Start by selecting the aspect ratio, desired throw distance and screen size
        Generally speaking, (16:9) is more common for theater and (4:3) is more common for golf.
        Throw distance is simply the number of feet between the screen and the projector.
        Generally speaking, the closer you put the projector to the screen the more likely the price will go up.
        Screen size is measured as a diagonal just like televisions.
      2. Tip: After selecting those three specs, only change one thing at a time
        Changing multiple options at once may result in undesired results.
        For example, try selecting a brightness of 2,000-4,000 lumens.
      3. Tip: Use their “Throw Calculator” to confirm the projector is capable of achieving the size and throw distance you desire.
  • Always confirm on the projector manufacturer’s website (BenQ, Epson, Optoma, and ViewSonic, etc.) that the information found on Projector Central is correct.

There are pros and cons to every projector, buyer reviews and competitive pricing on Amazon can be very helpful in making your final buying decision.

Go for it.  You got this!

The projector itself will determine the maximum image size and how far from the screen it will need to be mounted.  The space between the screen and the projector is called throw distance.

Most people use one of two mounting options after purchasing one of our golf screens. (1)  Place a projector above your tee or mat, not behind it, to avoid your own shadow on the screen. (2)  Place a projector inside the enclosure on the floor.  Of course, if you floor-mount your projector you must build a protective cover to keep it safe from golf balls and clubs.

We have not tried it, but our customers recommend the Disney WOW: World of Wonder Calibration Disc on Amazon.

We’re sorry, we do not currently sell:

  • Projectors*
  • Swing analyzer software
  • Baffle nets
  • Curved frames
  • Roll down mechanisms
  • Motorized rollers
  • Golf mats, clubs, balls or turf
  • Computers
  • Curtains or carpet

*Unfortunately we don’t sell projectors but, we highly recommend projectorcentral.com.

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

We are located in Milton, Wisconsin which is about:

  • 45 minutes southeast of Madison, WI
  • 55 minutes north of Rockford, IL
  • 1.5 hours west of Milwaukee, WI
  • 2.25 hours east of Dubuque, IA or
  • 2.5 hours northwest of Chicago, IL

All Carl’s Place products can be purchased online here at 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.

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Carl’s Place offers the lowest prices on the market, but unfortunately, we do not have a traditional retailer/wholesale program.  However, our best pricing can be found on purchases of master rolls and half rolls of screen material.  Additionally, you may also see volume discounts on select products.  Additional options may be offered once you reach $10,000 in sales.  Unfortunately, not all materials are available in a master or half roll and not all products have volume discounts.

If you do not need a master roll, but plan to buy 20 feet or more consider our bulk by-the-foot product here.

Contact us for availability and a quote on master and half rolls.  We will need the following information:

  • Material name
  • City, state/province, country & postal code for a freight quote

Shipping to a commercial/business address may save you money on freight charges in the lower 48 United States.