Originally Posted by 69bigblok
Love your build thread! I love your colors too. If you couldn't tell I love anything close to black and red tones! Your bonus room looks very similar to mine. You have me convinced to build the false wall. So I would build the false wall out of 2x4's and just "skin" it in blackout cloth so it looks solid I assume? I'll keep looking up other build threads to check out the false walls.
I just took some measurements and new pics of the room tonight I'll post up. The room is 13'-4" wide x 27' long. I really only have the 13'-4" x 18'-4" if I want to stop my seating or rear platform in front of the storage doors shown. Not sure if that leaves me enough room for a stage, set back distance for first row and then two rows of seating. I would like to do 2 rows of 3 seats each. Thanks for your input!
Thanks for the compliment. My wife and I saved tons of pictures of others' build on this forum, and we noticed every time we said we like the overall look of a theater, it always seemed to have red in it. Of course, most every theater has a lot of black as well for better contrast. So naturally you see a lot of that color combination. Here's a couple theaters I used for inspiration when it came to colors:
For a false wall, most people use standard dimensional lumber for the framing. However, they don't attach the fabric directly to that framing. Usually the fabric is attached to panels. Then you can attach the panels to the wall in any number of ways (finish nails, velcro, friction, cleats/hangers, etc). You want these panels removable so you can have access to that area behind your screen. Also, just a nit-picky detail on vocabulary...
when you say blackout cloth around here, it's referring to a specific cloth you can buy at Jo-Ann Fabrics of the same name. The cloth is actually white, but it's called blackout cloth because light can't get through it. It's main purpose is to hang up behind curtains so you can have nice decorative curtains that are thin, but still keep your room dark. Turns out, blackout cloth actually makes a decent screen material for a projector because it absorbs all of the light. The only problem is it's not acoustically transparent. So you couldn't use it on a false wall build.
As far as black cloths on a false wall, there are several options. I ended up buying this stuff:
Annother popular manufacturer is GoM (Gilford of Maine sp?).
With that size room you should be able to do 2 rows of 3 comfortably. My bonus room was only 12' wide and I had lower knee walls. We still crammed 3 seats in the front row. You have a much more forgiving ceiling. I think the tricky part for you is going to be the 2nd row, and how you're able to elevate it. Since my room was temporary, I just built a 10" tall box and wrapped it in spare carpet from the room. I put the 2nd row seats on the box with no steps or anything. You actually had to "jump" into the 2nd row seats, but it worked. You're going to have to be creative with how you transition from your riser to the ground near those doors in the back.
Make sure you leave at least 24" of space behind your false wall. That's how much room I have, and it's pretty tight back there with me (5'10").
Stages look cool, and it shouldn't have any affect on the length of your room. If you do a stage, do it first, then build your false wall on top.
Do you have any plans for sound isolation/treatment?