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post #1 of 20 Old 08-11-2006, 09:20 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi guys,

I have two windows in my room both are 56inch x 34inch. I am trying to find something that i can put on the windows that will block the light. I notice on tope of the windows there are two holes on each side so something that would just pop in those holes to keep it in place would be ideal.

Any ideas?
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My recommendations would be getting some Blackout curtains. These look like normal type of curtains, thicker by feel they can block almost all of the light and make a room very dark.
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Curtains

Blinds

Window Film

...or a combination of all of them.......
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What about smart windows?

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I'd say it depends on whether you want a long term solution or a quick-to-remove one. Click on the construction link in my sig to see how I dealt with one large, pesky window in my bedroom-to-home theater conversion.
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Use BRICK

lasts a lifetime, will not allow any light leakage and has a better 'R' value than window coverings.

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In for suggestions. I'm looking for a complete blackout that could be easily removed... since my wife is afraid of the dark. (j/k).
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I attached a wood blind matching the ones in the rest of the house to a sheet of 3/4" plywood and screwed it in place. You could improvise and attach the plywood to the wall with some industrial strength velco so it could be removed. You could even use a plywood with a nice veneer to face into the room and stain or paint it.

Just a thought
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I have built in bookcases in the rear of the room which are painted a taupe color. (The rest of the room is dark red above a navy blue base with matching taupe color chair rail dividing the two colors.) The bookcases will have a molding insert in the center with the interior painted the same navy blue as the lower walls as an accent color. There are two windows on this wall and they are incorporated into the bookcase, i.e. set into the bookcase. I used a navy blackout shade with a piece of moulding around the edges to block light leekage around the edges. By painting the trim to match the millwork the windows look like just a part of the overall plan. If you are interested I will take some pictures and post. The moulding is to be installed and painted next week but you can get a good idea of what the room looks like.

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There are quite a few threads on black out options in the dedicated construction forum. Use advance search, title search only...limit search words to one or two. Highlight the appropriate forum from the list to the right...also don't forget the archives too.

I used foam rubber covered in black felt. I cut the foam rubber about an inch larger than the interior window frame. I affixed the black felt to the foam rubber with spray adhesive. ALL of those items can be found at a "Joanne's" type store that carries both fabric and hobby supplies. There are also coupon's available in the sunday ads for X percent off one item (like foam rubber). The panels completely block out the light and can easily be removed and put in place.

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I put up normal faux-wood (tan-colored) blinds from HD. Behind them, I mounted an inexpensive rollup shade. When I need darkness, I use both.
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I put up normal faux-wood (tan-colored) blinds from HD. Behind them, I mounted an inexpensive rollup shade. When I need darkness, I use both.

Do you still get light spill on the sides or top/bottom?

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A little...but not enough to affect the projection image, and not enough to be distracting (to me or my family).
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People have mentioned using dark wondow film to block out light. Thats exactly what I want, but I can't seem to locate it in my search so far. The 3M film lets all the light through, I need something to block out all of the light in two medium size windows in my home theater.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?


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People have mentioned using dark wondow film to block out light. Thats exactly what I want, but I can't seem to locate it in my search so far. The 3M film lets all the light through, I need something to block out all of the light in two medium size windows in my home theater.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?


John


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I did mine a different way. I used velcro in the inside perimeter of the window. Then
the GF made panels out of black out material and velcro to stick to them. They can
be peeled away at anytime, absolutely no light gets through, and we just have
regular curtains covering the windows.
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My window is behind my smx screen so I made a little 2X4 plug with handles to block in the window. To make sure no light gets through I am attaching the trim that was on the window before to the plug, so when it slides into place it should be light tight!! HAHAH

Hopefully

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You might want to consider black plastic shower curtains, the thicker kind that you can buy a Target, Wal-Mart, ect. They work great at blocking off a window. Whatever you use, your biggest challenge will be making sure you create a good seal so that light doesn't "leak in" around your barrier. If you want something removeable I would imagine you could probably attach one to a frame and use some sort of flexible padding (car door rubber surrounds?) to fill the gap.
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John Clark -

I don't know of a film that stops 100% of the light through a window. I've seen people paint their windows black to try to achieve the same effect.

The following film appears to only let 20% through; but, I have not tried it.

Link

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John Clark -

I don't know of a film that stops 100% of the light through a window. I've seen people paint their windows black to try to achieve the same effect.

The following film appears to only let 20% through; but, I have not tried it.

Link


Thanks Huck, I'll check it out.


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