Originally Posted by Mfusick
For those of you that have done it- would you recommend pre built frames or make them yourself ??
What's the difference in cost?
What is the difference in time ?
Would you do it different the second time ?
I spent maybe $2,000 on fabric and materials (plywood, batting, compressed fiberglass, staples, brads, glue, etc...) for the Fabric Frames. I have been told that to have the same thing done professionally would have been $15,000 to $20,000. That is a big difference.
Time wise, i built and installed all the fabric frames in a week and a half over Christmas vacation. Then there is the time to source and acquire all the materials. This happened over a period of 2 or 3 months while the theater was under construction. I would think a professional would take 2 to 3 weeks also to do the install.
I would build the frames again if I was building a theater. I would most likely mix it up with different size frames next time. Another thing I would look at is the plastic track systems, that are available now.