Originally Posted by DavAbq
Greetings! I am about to move into a house with circumstances almost identical to yours, low cost and easily removable. This is our last house and while I would love the best of everything like so many enviable theaters here, I have some ideas on how to do it on an old dudes budget.
Just wanted to let you know I’m watching you, and would like to know source/price of those hanging curtains if you don’t mind sharing. Are they true black, and how would you compare them to black velvet?
I thought about doing a velvet curtain, but the deal I found was on these curtains:
I didn't order any from Target, but I did from Amazon and Home Depot, and they are exactly the same. Realize that I had to buy MANY curtains to make this work so a difference of $5 a set matters.
Back wall 12 sets
Front wall 4 sets
walls and ceiling 5x4 = 20 sets.
36 sets of curtains. At 30 bucks per set this is $1000 in curtains. I didn't add them all up to get an exact number but I was also buying the returns on Amazon to keep my average price down. This was easily my biggest expense in this build (ignoring stuff I already own).
If I were looking to spend more money on curtains I could have found something better, potentially this: (don't have any so don't know for sure)
And if I really wanted to go NUTS I would have hit up a theater supply house to make real sound absorbing curtains. For example a place like this:
At one point I had even found a Chicago based (local to me) place that did this. Again if I wanted to spend double the money, I could have gone that route and had a very nice setup. But at the end of the day, they are just curtains, and it didn't make sense for me to go all out in a budget that I am working with.
They are a mixture of navy, red and charcoal grey. They are a bit more reflective than I would like but it doesn't matter in practice. They are a bit less than 100% blocking of light, but my back wall is a double set to get grey exterior and blue / red pattern on the interior. My back wall is also at three different heights due to stuff running through the area. The left side is lowest to fit under the ducts, and then the middle is 8 feet, with the right side being 9 feet.
The look I was going for was classic movie cinema of dark blue and dark red on the walls. There was a theater where I grew up that had that color scheme in their theaters so that is what I think of. The front wall and it's charcoal grey is not as dark as I would like, but once the lights go out it is dark as could be. This might be different if I had a front projector, although if I went that way the front would probably be mostly screen!
Another tip, is hang up a couple of sets for a couple of weeks, and then measure their length, they seem to stretch out a bit, and if you are trying to be precise with their height you want to know their post stretch height. What I found is that from the top of the rod, the bottom of the curtain was the length advertised on the package. I guess this seems obvious, but previously I wasn't a big shopper of curtains.