How Far From the Screen a Projector Should Be

It depends partly on how big the screen is

Picking the proper distance between your projector and the screen is paramount to ensure you get the best image possible. You'll need to set the distance based on your screen size and projector-type, but if you get it just right, you can enjoy a fantastic cinema-like movie and TV watching experience right at home.

What Should Be the Distance Between Projector and Screen?

Since every projector is different, and every projector user tends to have a different screen size, the precise distance for your setup will likely be very different from someone else's. If you have a short-throw projector, you may be able to place your projector just a few feet from the screen, whereas someone with a more traditional ceiling-mounted projector may have to put it ten or more feet from the screen.

The best place to find out the distance you should set your projector at is to look in the manual or on the manufacturer's website. They will have specific instructions for your particular projector to set it up at the perfect distance. That is especially important if you're using a short-throw projector or are mounting the projector somewhere where it needs to use vertical or horizontal lens shift or keystone correction to make the image appear as if the projector was aligned in the center of the screen.

Use the calculators listed below for your particular manufacturer to find a better example of your projector's distance from the screen.

Do note that projectors will often have both a minimum and maximum distance that you should set them from the screen to ensure that they can cover the entire screen or don't go over the outside bounds. You may still need to make adjustments to your projector's image once you've set it up.

The best advice for building a projector cinema room is to measure the room and your available screen space before buying any of it. Then settle on both a projector and projector screen compatible with your particular room shape and size.

Some manufacturers also have projection distance calculators you can use to help:

Projector Central also has a manufacturer agnostic calculator.

How Far Does a Projector Have to Be From a 120-Inch Screen?

Again, it depends on your particular projector and the aspect ratio of the screen you're looking to project on. You should check your projector manual to get some advice for your specific projector. However, for example, Epson suggests that a 120-inch screen should have a projector mounted somewhere between 147 to 160-inches back from the screen or around 12.5ft.

How Far Should a Projector Be From a 100-Inch Screen?

Ideally, you should use your projector's manual or manufacturer's website to calculate the best distance from the screen for your particular projector. A good rule of thumb for a 100-inch screen is to have your projector between 122 and 133 inches or around 10.5ft.

How Far Should a Projector Be From an 80-Inch Screen?

It's a good idea to use your projector's manual to confirm the ideal distance for your projector from the screen. However, for an 80-inch screen, you could use a distance of between 97 and 106-inches, or around 8ft.

  • How far should a projector be from a 150-inch screen?

    The best way to set up your projector depends on the room size, lighting, and projector model. However, for reference, Epson suggests a distance of 189 inches to 206 inches for 150-inch screens or images with a 16:9 aspect ratio. If you have a short-throw projector like the BenQ HT2150ST, you might be able to place your projector at around 8 feet away from your screen.

  • How far should seating be from a projector screen?

    The best seating arrangement depends on personal preference, but you might find it helpful to consider the screen size when deciding how far to place the seats in your home theater. BenQ recommends screen-to-seating distances of around 9 feet for smaller screens (80 inches) and up to approximately 22 feet from 200-inch screens.

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