Originally Posted by Dante Williams
I believe that this would be the perfect solution to my theater's issues. My ceiling is 124" across and I would like the curtains to go 94" vertically and 116" horizontally. from what I can gather 2 traverse rods are needed but I am unsure about the how to attach the velvet to the rods and if you had to do any prep to the material before attaching ie (adding hooks to the velvet or are the clips from the rod the only thing the velvet attaches to.)
From what I can see in your photos, you need to do it really tight on the sides. How much space do you have on each side of the screen?
I’ve never done this myself, but I would try to have a single piece of velvet covering both sides and ceiling, which means its length would start on the floor of one side and end on the floor of the of the other side. For this I would sew fabric loops to use as hangers from the backside, one for each 30cm or so, and this way have the rods on the outer side of the velvet. Careful measurements would be made to make sure here would be just a little bit of slack - because velvet doesn’t stretch - taking also in consideration that the fabric loops may already provide some slack. Rings can also be used instead of fabric loops, but then make sure they are not ripping through the velvet.
For the assembly, I would get the velvet on the rods with the rods on the floor and then lift and install one rod at a time. This is also a good way to judge where to sew the loops. 2 people is recommended. Rods and wall should be sturdy, as well as the supports and screws. You might not need to do the whole length of the room and, if it’s very long, better do one part for the front half of t he room and another one for the back, then it can be closed at the middle. Suppose you install a curtain to close the room at half distance, then you won’t need to do the whole ceiling.
Finally, placing the velvet in the direction I suggested may not result in the ideal direction of light reflection. Velvet is usually oriented so that the viewers will only see black. And, when using several pieces of velvet, all pieces should have the same orientation so that all reflect the same shade. Anyway, regardless of which orientation you end up using, it will be very dark. It’s just that most people prefer to have the screen surrounded by “total” darkness.
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