Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein
Found this on Jo-Ann Fabrics
. Look familiar?
Here is some velvet fabric as well
. Red may look really classy around the screen.
This is the dignitet wire
you were talking about.
Can I ask some questions?
That dignitet wire seems to run 16 feet, which is great. Can I use that to run atop a 16 foot wall and then simply hang flat black fabric from one end to the other? This will take care of the side walls.
Around the screen I would run the same dignitet for black fabric behind the screen wall. However, I would like to hang red velvet drapes on either side of the screen. Would I use another dignitet for that, simply attaching the velvet to the wire?
The fabric from Jo-Ann's might be correct, but to be honest, I don't remember what it was called, and wouldn't know again unless I actually touched it. If you're going to Ikea for the Dignitet wire, you should probably pick up the black curtains from them as well.
Ready made curtains are made flat, with strings that you pull to make them sort of bunch up. I didn't pull the strings, and actually cut off the header tape altogether. I folded over the edges, and ironed about 3/4" hem, bonded with heat bonding tape. It's held together well for around 2 years now, and it's much cheaper than paying someone to sew a hem, or buying a sewing machine to do it yourself.
The Dignitet wire is desgined, I believe, to be used with the Riktig curtain hooks and clips. If you've kept the header tape, you'd use the hooks I think. If you've hemmed the edge like I did, you'd use the clips.
I ordered the additional corner bracket for the Dignitet wires, so the edges of my curtains go around the screen wall up to the screen as well, but I suppose you could use a third wire for that wall.
The wall covering behind the screen won't have much affect on the image on the screen, but a darker material will improve the perception of black. If the black you're achieving for other reasons isn't great, it could be argued that a lighter screen wall is better!
I didn't use velvet for the walls and ceiling, because it's just too heavy to hang really. It's also expensive in large sizes! Velvet might be better still, but like I said, when you start treating the room, small changes have a big impact. The difference between velvet and cheaper, lighter, black cloth will be quite small; the difference between any black cloth and no cloth at all will be huge.
If you're following all of this, you'll be re-creating almost exactly what I have in my living room. I found my post that I was looking for that has images:Official JVC DLA-RS46 / DLA-X35 owners thread
. I have since improved on this slightly, by adding a sort of 'hood', which I made from the Jo-Ann's cloth. This covers the area above the screen up to the curtain wire, and out from the screen by about 2'. This did improve things again, even though my ceiling is very high, those first reflections off the screen are what really needs absorbing.
That's enough typing on the forums for today... I'm off to watch a 3D Blu-ray. It's going to be either Boxtrolls, Sin City 2, or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.