Are you wondering how to mount a projector without drilling? Don’t worry, you’ve landed on the right page.
Mounting a projector is no easy task.
If you’re living in a rented space or a dorm room – ceiling or wall mounting your projector is not an option unless you’re ready to blow your deposit.
Hence, in this article, I’ve listed several ways to mount or place your projector at a height without drilling.
Are you ready?
Let’s get started!
How to Mount a Projector without Drilling: Quick Answer
The easiest way to mount a projector without drilling is by using a tall rack and placing your projector onto the top shelf. In addition, you can also use a specialized projector tripod or pedestal stand to place your projector at a higher height without drilling any holes.
Now that you have the quick answer, let me help you explain the above solutions in detail.
There are several caveats to using a tall rack or a projector tripod. Therefore, let’s explore them thoroughly.
3 Ways to Mount a Projector Without Drilling
1. Using a Tall Rack
There are no shortages of tall racks in the market. Still, Ikea is famous for providing pocket-friendly and a variety of tall rack options.
Omar and Lack are the two tall racks I recommend for placing your projector. Both cost around $100 each, and you can also find used ones cheaper on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.
These racks are over 6 feet tall and give you ample height to place your projector.
Surely, you don’t get the flexibility of a ceiling mount like tilt, slide, yaw, etc. However, it’s a multipurpose item you can use to store other items.
The best place for a tall rack is behind your couch or bed. This way, the rack doesn’t come into your viewing space, and you don’t have to worry about constantly moving it.
Follow the video to learn how to set up your projector using the Ikea Lack wall shelf unit.
- Offers over 6 feet height
- Shelves are easily removable
- Sturdy base
- Can be used to store other things to too
- Expensive pick
- May not go well with your house interior
2. Use a Projector Tripod Stand
A projector tripod stand requires less space than a typical DSLR tripod. It is a convenient way to place your projector at a higher height without drilling holes.
A projector tripod stand has a flat plate at the top, big enough to place a projector or laptop onto it.
After placing the projector, secure it with the provided elastic belts to ensure the projector doesn’t move around.
Since the tripod base is small, the projector tripod stand cannot extend as high as the tall rack mentioned above.
A popular projector tripod stand like this can only extend up to 5.3 feet. It has an adjustable height between 23.5 to 63.5 inches.
While it isn’t as high as the tall rack, the projector tripod stand is versatile enough to be placed anywhere in the room.
I recommend placing it behind or next to your sofa or bed. Otherwise, you can also place it in front of you, and once you’re done watching, you can safely store the projector and the tripod stand.
Adjust to the ideal height and place the projector on top. Doesn’t take up much space and is easy to move around.
- Secure way to place projector without taking much space
- Extremely cheap method compared to buying a tall rack
- Can be used for multiple purpose
- Maximum height up to 5.3 feet
- Not suitable for heavy projectors
- Not as stable as a typical tripod
3. Pedestal Stand
A pedestal stand is a more sophisticated solution compared to the projector tripod stand.
It has a minimal design and will go well with any home interior design.
Unlike the projector tripod stand, a pedestal stand has a round base similar to a pedestal fan.
In addition, you can also separate the mounting stick from the pedestal base. The pedestal base has two holes, one in the center and the other on the side.
Thus, if you’re placing the pedestal stand next to your sofa or bed, you’ll mount the stick onto the pedestal base’s center.
On the other hand, if you’re placing the pedestal stand behind your sofa or bed, you can mount the stick on the side of the pedestal base. As a result, the pedestal stand stands close to the wall and doesn’t require much space.
In addition, the tripod mount has a ball head, which means you get slight flexibility that’s missing with a tall rack and projector tripod mount.
When compared to a projector tripod stand, the pedestal stand has a shorter height.
It has an adjustable height between 35-47 inches; thus, the pedestal stand can only achieve a height of up to 4 feet.
Moreover, to use a pedestal stand, your projector must have an ¼ inch tripod threading, which limits its usability.
- Seamless solution
- Occupies less space
- Slightly costly
- Adjustable height
- Fits easily behind the couch
- The ball head of easy adjustments
- Requires a projector with ¼ inch threading
- Not suitable for heavier projectors
Why It’s Hard to Mount a Projector Without Drilling?
A projector mount is an excellent way to mount a heavy projector. However, using a projector mount without drilling is almost impossible.
While several online tutorials suggest using adhesive tapes, especially 3M’s Command strips, however, adhesive strips can’t handle a heavy projector, not for a long time.
You can also wall mount a shelf with adhesive strips and place the projector onto it.
But, this method is terrifying as the adhesive strip can give up at any time, and your projector will fall onto the ground or, in the worst case, onto someone’s head.
Hence, I recommend not taking any advice on mounting your projector, which involves using adhesive strips or similar solutions; they aren’t reliable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to mount a projector without drilling?
Unless you’re using adhesive strips, mounting a projector without drilling is extremely safe. Make sure to choose one of the three methods mentioned above for a trouble-free experience.
What tools and materials do I need to mount a projector without drilling?
The tools and materials you’ll need depend on your chosen non-drill mounting method. Common items include:
> A tall rack with ample area to place the projector
> Projector tripod mount or a pedestal stand (for projectors with ¼ inch threading)
> Wire or ties for cable management
> A level tool to ensure correct alignment
> Elastic belts to secure the projector
Are adhesive hooks strong enough to hold a projector?
While some adhesive hooks or strips can be strong enough to hold a projector, they aren’t a reliable long-term solution. Moreover, stronger adhesive strips are harder to remove, leave a big stain, and also damage the wall.
I hope this article helped you learn about how to mount a projector without drilling.
One takeaway you can learn from this article is not to use adhesive strips or leave the projector hanging from a ceiling.
Stick to methods that provide a stable base with zero fear of the projector falling down.
Have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.