Introduction: Video Projector Shelf

Setting up a video projector can be a problem as it needs to be positioned directly onto the screen, if it is to an angle, the image will be skewed. While most projectors can compensate for this in their software, it is still best to have the projector pointing directly onto the screen. Direct viewing also give the best image quality. Now, there's your problem! As there is probably some physics law somewhere stating that 'Two bodies can't exist in the same place at the same time'. So, the next best thing it to position the video projector next to where you are sitting on the sofa. This can easily be done with a projector shelf made from a piece of plywood.

It's amazingly easy to make:

  • Cut a piece of plywood to size
  • Attach a couple of brackets
  • Project completed!


Piece of plywood

Angle brackets

4 screws



Wood Rasp



Step 1: Cut the Plywood

Cut a piece of plywood so your video projector can rest on it. You may like to round a couple of the forward corners, I did this by cutting a series of straight cuts to make a jagged corner then smoothed the corner using a wood rasp and finishing up with sandpaper.

Drill some holes for the brackets

Step 2: Screw on Brackets

Screw on two 90 degree metal brackets, these will slide behind the sofa back. The brackets are prevented from sliding forward by the wall behind the sofa.

You may also like to add a piece of cardboard behind the bracket in case you are worried the metal brackets will mark the wall. I just stuck a small piece of plywood with some duct tape, it is out of sight next to the wall.

Step 3: Finished!

Your video projector shelf is now complete. Place your projector on it, adjust for height and enjoy the magical world of cinema.

Step 4: Wait, There's More...

As a bonus for skimming this page, here's how a TV sitting on top of a chest of draws can be swiveled for viewing in any direction,

  1. Place an appropriate sized piece of plywood on top of the chest of draws.
  2. Place the TV on top of the plywood.
  3. Swivel the plywood to your desired viewing angle.

The plywood allows the TV to be turned even to a position where a leg is floating in space.

Plywood Challenge

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Plywood Challenge