Originally Posted by J_P_A
I sat my temporary theater seating at 1x width (that'd be the blue Lowes bucket in the picture).
Made me laugh. You might be ready to take things to the next level and use the obligatory "bed sheet as a screen" to see how your eyes feel while watching content.
Originally Posted by J_P_A
I realize it has a lot to do with all the empty space on either side. With that in mind, I started playing with some screen wall layouts. Here are the two that I like best at this point (the stage is the difference between the two).
Of the 2 renderings for the stage, I like the 2nd one.
As alternatives to the angled columns, you could do regular flat columns on the front wall like they did here:
Dennis had a list of screen walls in his portfolio, not sure if they are on his website. But there was "far east" one that had a large black area and the screen basically floated in the middle. Similar to what I posted above, but imagine it all black. That's what I asked for mine. I've gone from a rimless screen, to 2" border, then 4", then full masking and the increase it blackness surrounding the image was a positive step each time.
I did want to talk about screen sizes without offending anyone. Two of probably the most famous DE designs (due to the posters continual involvement at AVS) are Jeff (thebland) and Art Sonneborn. Both eventually upgraded to larger screens than the initial DE design. Jeff is 14' wide scope, and Art I think is 16'. Tony has similar dimension to you and I, and is at 14'. Mine was originally 12', I asked for 13', but Dennis felt anything more was too much. I've wondered if I put in 12' or 13' would I want to go bigger later as well? So it struck a cord with me, knowing you've got a DE design and are underwhelmed by the screen size.
Some of the reasoning on screen size I think is to protect you from using a larger screen than you can afford to light. With a large screen, you're either looking at an unsatisfyingly dim image after a few hundred hours on the bulb, or presentation style projectors which sacrifice color/quality for brightness, or expensive 3chip DLP. I told Dennis a Lumis was the top end of my budget, so that in part dictated my max screen size. I'm not sure what projector you intend to use, or if that was communicated, but that might be part of the reason you have the size screen you do. Even something like the Sony vw1000 which is twice as bright as the JVC's is said to top out on screens "less than 12' wide".
For what it's worth, I have made the mistake of too wide for the viewing distance in the past, and it was down right uncomfortable to watch. So I think better to err on the side of slightly underwhelmed than slightly uncomfortable. There is also consideration for multiple rows. Is your money seat on 1st or 2nd row? If 2nd row, it might be underwhelming in order to keep first row from being completely overwhelmed.
In any case... my suggestions would be to try looking at that size screen with an actual image on it, consider an all black backdrop, and see if you like the side filler they did in the pic. I think Capt Randy has the angled columns on the side of the screen and a lot of DIY builds do it for the corner bass trapping (with screens going to the edge of the room). It's a preference thing, but not a look I care for.