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I used jet black polypropylene material for the ceilings and back walls @ $1.60 per yard. It comes as 60" wide, so this was really really cheap stuff. It's not that dark of a material, not even as dark as the darkest curtains you'll find at Walmart (which are Mainstays Black Soot btw)... But, if you have high ceilings, it's probably all you need, it's still fairly dark looking.
Permanent for Ceilings and Backwalls
My screen is low to the floor, so it seemed silly to cover the ceilings with black velvet and spend all that money.
It may help a tiny bit, but with 9' ceilings and the screen low to the ground, almost any black material should work for the ceiling.
At $1.60 per yard, I covered the entire ceiling and back walls for about $40. I didn't even have to use foamboard, the material is extremely light and easy to tack and cut.
You can cut it with an Xacto knife.
Temporarily for Screen Area and Side Walls
Until I get my black velvet, as a temp solution, the Mainstays 200 count black sheets work fine...
You'll have to starch the hell out of them and iron them for a good bit. I just tacked them up after ironing them, unless you walk right up to the screen, you cannot tell they are black sheets - it looks like material. I would only use them around the screen or on the side walls (would sag on ceiling). This is what I used on my front wall temporarily until I get the velvet ordered.
Last edited by coderguy; 02-09-2018 at 11:34 PM.