Installing a projector takes your home theater to the next level. Truly, there are few people as dedicated to their home theaters as those who mount their projectors and attempt to make this room a long-term project. But, how do you pick the right projector mount?
While some projector mounts are specific to certain manufacturers, other universal projector mounts can be used on just about any model. Universal projector mounts should hold a moderate weight capacity of at least 25lbs, be adjustable, extendable, and have high durability for long-term use.
Of course, you might find that a universal projector mount takes a bit longer to install because of the requirements to adjust the screw holes to more securely fit your projector.
But, as an added benefit, using a universal projector mount will mean that you only have to purchase one mount even if you decide to upgrade or replace your projector in the future. Let’s take a closer look.
Also read: Can You Mount a Projector Vertically?
Is a Universal or a Non-Universal Projector Mount Better?
When you decide to mount your projector, this can be an accomplished feeling as you tell yourself, “yes, this is my dream home theater, and I am ready to make this projector a semi-permanent part of this space.”
Sure, you can remove it in the future, but mounting the projector adds in the confidence that you have set up your space exactly how you would like it and are ready to take your home theater to the next level.
But, in choosing which type of projector mount is best, you might be wondering if you should use a universal or a non-universal projector mount. There are advantages to using either type of projector mount.
With a universal projector mount, you may experience a longer installation time, but you will never need another one or have to deal with replacement costs if you get a new projector. However, non-universal projectors are specific to the design of a particular projector making them confidently secure and easy to install.
You might also find that there are different cost points when it comes to universal versus non-universal projectors, but these do not tend to be too disparaging. The difference in cost will likely come from other factors such as durability for heavier or lighter projectors, for example.
However, choosing a universal or a non-universal projector mount often comes down to personal preference (assuming the non-universal projector mount you would otherwise select is still able to fit the dimensions of your projector).
If you are looking to buy one projector mount, install and secure your projector on it, but might upgrade your projector in the future, then you might consider a universal mount.
But, if you are looking for a (slightly) quicker installation of your projector mount, then you could always go with a projector mount that is specifically designed for your unique projector- assuming this is something that your projector’s manufacturer sells or recommends.
Of course, you will just need to be sure to check the specifications of both the projector and the projector mount (of either type) to ensure that the dimensions will fit securely.
What Should I Look for in a Projector Mount?
As you shop around, you will likely find many different options for your projector mount. From universal to non-universal options, there will be many different criteria that begin to surface as you compare various models side-by-side.
With this in mind, it can seem a bit overwhelming to try to narrow it down and select the right projector mount for your home theater.
In looking for a projector mount, you should consider the cost, weight capacity, adjustability, extendability, and durability among other factors. Be sure to check the specifications of your projector and mount to ensure a secure fit before purchasing, and check the product reviews for any concerns.
As much as there are bogus product reviews available, or people complaining about the company’s shipment or customer service rather than the product that they received in the first place, there is still a great place for reviews- especially when it comes to home theater equipment.
In case you are just entering into this realm, then you will be pleased to know that the home theater community is interestingly close.
Many people just want the best for you and your home theater and are thrilled to share the specific details on the various equipment that worked for their home theater- projector mounts included among this list.
With that said, there are several key components to pay attention to when looking for the perfect projector mount to install in your home theater.
Of course, you can always test a few out to see what works best for you and your space, but taking a look over this list should help you to find the best place to start.
Cost is a component that comes up with just about any purchase. Fortunately, projector mounts should not be overly expensive- especially when you compare the cost to the amount of money you have likely already put into your home theater to make it the pristine media-viewing room within your home.
Still, the cost is important, so be sure to consider not only the initial cost of the projector mount but any installation tools that will be required to complete the process.
Much less, if you will not feel confident installing the projector mount yourself, then you will also need to remember the cost for installation- although most projector mounts can be installed by users and will not require professional installation.
Weight capacity is another factor that you should look for when purchasing a projector mount. The specific dimensions of projectors range quite vastly from smaller, lighter projectors to larger, much heavier devices. Because of this, even universal projector mounts will have a weight capacity of which they are able to support.
As you take a closer look at the weight of your projector, you will then need to make sure that the projector mount will be able to withstand this amount of weight.
The last thing you want is for your projector to come crumbling down from the ceiling (or a stand-alone mount) because you chose to go with an option that could not hold the appropriate amount of weight.
Save yourself the long-term hassle, and go ahead and check the product specifications on both the projector and the projector mount.
The next thing you should look for in a projector mount is the ability to adjust the knobs, screws, height, etc. of the device. Especially if you are looking to go with a universal projector mount option, you will need something that is flexible in how it attaches to the projector as well as the surface that it is being mounted to (like the ceiling).
Adjustability also takes a closer look at how the projector will be sitting. In some home theater spaces, you will find that you can mount the projector in a straight-on fashion or one which does not require unique angling and positions.
In other home theater rooms, you will need to angle the projector from a certain point in the room which means that the projector (and mount) cannot all remain entirely flat.
In this case, you will need to find a projector mount that tilts the projector to the desired angle of display without becoming non-secure or hampering the visual appeal of the projected image.
So, depending on how you plan to set up your projector, just be sure that the projector mount can support the vision that you have for your home theater room projector setup.
Another component that is comparable with adjustability is the extendability of the projector mount. While this might not be as important to some projector users, others will notice that this makes all the difference in the world.
When it comes to the extendability of a projector mount, you are looking for the capacity to adjust the height of the projector from the mount itself. In other words, you are looking to see if you can “stretch” the arm of the mount to allow the projector to sit lower or higher.
The main time that you would need to consider a projector mount with an extendable arm would be in a large home theater room with higher ceilings.
In this case, you would want to be able to lower the projector from the ceiling (using the extendable projector mount) rather than having to angle the image from such a high point in the room.
So, how extendable the projector mount is might not be as important if you have lower ceilings or are working in a smaller to medium-sized home theater room, but it can make all of the difference in the world in a larger home theater room. Remember, the point of the projector is the image that it displays, so you want to make sure that you are in a good spot for that.
Finally, you want to consider how durable the projector mount is before you choose to purchase it and install your beloved projector in your home theater room using the new mount.
Knowing the durability of a product can be a bit difficult to tell based on the marketed descriptions and even mild use within your own home.
Knowing the durability of the projector mount is going to be something that you can find quickly in the product review section, though.
If many people have had issues with the product coming in as cheaply made or not built to last, they are sure to leave these comments in the review section of the product.
Take the time to check this out, and you should be well on your way to finding the perfect projector mount (universal or not) for your home theater room.
Jason is a home theater expert with over 10 years of experience in setting up home cinema rooms and systems. What started out as a hobby soon transformed him into an authority in the audio-visual field. He is passionate about providing readers with accurate and up-to-date information on the latest audiovisual technologies and their applications for home theaters. Read more about Jason.