We have a projector screen that can easily be lowered or raised electronically, whose top support is 113" wide, and whose physical edges are each 3 and half inches inset from the sides, so the screen itself is actually 106 inches across. The screen requires fastening at the back to something sturdy at the extreme ends of the 113" long support, and I was hoping to hang it from the valence immediately in front of our balcony window, the valence being 114 inches wide. On the left side of the valence is a fireplace, however, and positioned at a 45 degree angle it has a beautiful mantle that is about 5 feet up but whose corner extends about 8 inches into the area underneath the front of the valence. The living area extends into another room on the right of the valence. If the screen is center mounted directly on the valence, however, then it can only be lowered about halfway before it hits the fireplace mantle, failing to clear the mantle by only about four inches. The living area extends into another room on the right of the valence.
We have, as I see it, two options other than tossing the projector screen idea entirely.
The first option is to buy a 2x4 the width of the screen, and attach it to the valence so that it is offset slightly to the right. Because the 2x4 would be positioning the screen an inch an a half from the valence, we would only need to push the screen two and a half inches to the right. This would extend the screen into the adjacent room on the right but only by two and a half inches athough The screen itself sound still be entirely in the room. It would not be centred on the valence however, and with its top extending into the next room, I fear that would look peculiar.
The other solution involves securing a 2x4 to the ceiling instead of the valence and having the screen pushed away from the valence by about 4 inches so that it can be centered on the valence, and mounted onto the side of the 2x4. However, because the screen needs a minimum vertical clearance above its mounting points of about 3 inches this would require additional space between the 2x4 and the ceiling, making attachment nontrivial. I am concerned if I attempt this myself, it will also look bad, but I also fear that I would not be able to afford the services of a professional that could make it look nice. In fact, I don't even know where to begin to inquire for such services or anyone that might know.
Obviously, I would like to minimize my costs, but I desperately need some advice from somebody with a bit of experience in home improvement.
I can take some pictures later tonight if it will help, but I hope that I have described the situation accurately enoug that at least a general idea has been conveyed.