Projector mounts tend to come in two primary guises: stylish or affordable. This DIY IKEA mount manages to combine both types while being incredibly sturdy to boot. It also requires minimal alterations to your ceiling or wall which is handy if you're renting. Here's what you'll need to make one of your own.
The IKEA Stolmen Projector Mount requires a Stolman Shelf, two Stolman posts and a pack of end fixtures. The entire caboodle should set you back under $150, which is a pretty decent price as far as projector ceiling mounts go.
The assembly is pretty self-explanatory, but here's a brief explanation from the creator on IKEA Hackers:
Mounting my projector on the ceiling was out of the question for multiple reasons. It’s a very old building (1916) and the drywall on the ceiling is simply mounted onto the plaster. So locating support beams was just impossible. And even if I did succeed in locating a stud from underneath, I doubt it could hold the weight of a projector plus the mount. That’s why I went with Stolmen. I did have to fixate the poles to the ceiling with 3 screws each, but it’s definitely less damage to the drywall than mounting the projector to or even between the support studs.
[Via IKEA Hackers]