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small room with epson home cinema 720

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi All,

I have a second bedroom where I am planning to put an Epson HC 720 with a 92" or 106" screen. The room is only 11' x 12'6" and is laid out in such a way that I need to put the screen in front of mirrored closet doors. My wife needs to be able to get into the closet, so I cannot use a fixed frame screen. I am thinking of using a manual pull-down screen. The the closet is 94" wide.

According to projectorcentral, if I can give the projector 10' of throw distance, I can use a 92" screen. The width of a 92" screen is roughly 80 inches which leaves 7" of exposed mirror on either side. even worse, there will be about 2' of exposed mirror at the bottom of the screen. If I use a 106" screen, I will cover almost the entire closet, but the picture wont fill the screen.

If I leave the mirror exposed, I am worried that the room will have too much ambient light. Maybe I could use a 120" screen and paint a black border on it itself? Will that work?

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I should proceed?
post #2 of 5
Just hang curtains behind the screen, then you can make the whole wall black........
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply. Curtains could look nice - like a black velvet or something... My concern is that they will take up much needed space. I figure hanging curtains will take roughly 6 inches (including the rod). And I already barely make the minimum throw distance for a 92" diagonal screen.

I was thinking of replacing the mirrored doors with something else. Right now there are 2 mirrored panels, roughly 4' wide each, that slide left and right. I could replace those panels with painted or stained wood. Or I was even thinking of putting 4 doors that swing open rather than slide side to side. I like the the flush look of "swing open" doors better than having one door overlap the other as it slides. Does anyone have any thoughts on that?
post #4 of 5
for a temporary solution you can remove the doors and replace it with a springloaded curtain rod with curtains inside the opening. This would work until your wife...well and you (unless you live in my house), decides what they want for a permenant solution.
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Originally Posted by CLOCK109 View Post

for a temporary solution you can remove the doors and replace it with a springloaded curtain rod with curtains inside the opening. This would work until your wife...well and you (unless you live in my house), decides what they want for a permenant solution.

See this is the biggest task anyone getting a FP has to deal with. The wife approval factor. It's taken a lot of time and energy and planning to get my wife to FINALLY give in to a HT in our little apartment, but either i got through to her or she gave up (highly unlikely knowing my wife).

Anyway. This style of door ranges from like 120-150 bucks at HD. There were a few others that would be high on my Wife approval list, but they are quite a bit more expensive. Im going to list one that I think is awesome for the application, but it's about 100 bucks more.

Golden Stain:

http://www.homedepot.com/Doors-Windo...atalogId=10053

White:

http://www.homedepot.com/Doors-Windo...atalogId=10053


And if you can afford a little more, i know you said you dont like sliding doors, but have you seen this:

http://www.homedepot.com/Doors-Windo...atalogId=10053

Which would be pretty much perfect for HT. Frosted glass doesn't reflect well at all, so you could get extra points for not only upgrading the closet in your bedroom, but also a great solution for the PJ. Just throwing out options.

I had to learn how sew a liner into the curtains my wife liked so I could get a projector. Just spreading the fun around
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