Blackout Material...?

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  1. Shockabuku

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    Any theories on the best way to blackout a couple of smallish windows in my home cinema room? It's a converted attic, so one of the windows is at a 45 degree angle, therefore whatever I use must be attached at the bottom (& probably the sides) of the window too. My theory was velcro + some kind of specialist blackout material. Bit of a pain though.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Punce

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    I have exactly the same problem, and I've also thought of the velcro route.

    As you can see from the pic of my room, I also have a 45 degree angle roof, and I have two big windows that need blackout.

    I also have a small arch above the screen that I need to cover, I'll probably cover it with a sheet of black card semi-permanently (I have enough natural light from the other 2 windows for when I'm not watching movies)

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Shockabuku

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    Yep, looks like we've got the same issue. I've heard on the forum somewhere that House of Fraser do blackout material. I may check them out sometime. I would imagine one of those specialist sewing/material shops that we all tend to ignore most of the time may have some good stuff. I'm sure forum members have had similar issues in the past though. Would be good to hear of some other solutions before plastering my window-frame with velcro!
     
  4. andyk

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    I see from the photo that you have Velux windows. Velux do proper black out blinds. I have some and they do completely black the room out.
    They aren't the cheapest things in the world, but they look good and are convenient
     
  5. T1000

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    I use blackout material held to the wall with velcro, you can get white self adhesive velcro which you hardly notice (assming the wall is white!). Blackout material is usually available from any material\fabric store and is about £5 a metre. A tip though use velcro all around the window and not just at corners, top and bottom etc as the light will come through the gaps.

    Jonno
     
  6. Nic Rhodes

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    I was also going to promote the Velux route. High quality easy to use solution
     
  7. Punce

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    I don't fancy spending loads on Velux blinds, just a quickfix will do.

    I might not be staying here for too long!

    Thanks 4 the info, I probably will go for the velcro all around, and blackout material. Just need to find somewhere that sells the stuff! I take it you can get different coulours? I don't want to have learn sewing! ;)
     
  8. Shockabuku

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    Yep, sounds like the velcro + blackout material solution is best for me too. Not sure if the colour is important though...if the room is blacked out, you can't see 'em! :p
     
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    hi,
    your nearest Fabric/land/world/ whateverit's called store should have something suitable. Buy the heavy duty stuff........ you can also us it as DIY screen material.

    Brian
     
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    I don't know if you have an Alders near you but they sell black out material - it looks like curtains - is white in colour - and it does not let the light in - perhaps you could use a staple gun to staple it onto the wall
     
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    Punce, is that a Marshall amp my eagle eyes can see?
     
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    Anywhere with a curtain department will have it. Big depeartment stores like Debenhams (as suggested) or John Lewis branches. Good thing about JL is they have cut offs bins and there's usually big enough bits for windows there for a few quid cheaper than normal.

    If you are lucky you can find black or blue lining but it is rare. The white can be very easily painted.

    I have a screen made from it with a black painted edge.
     
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    try using a removable vinyl film. (in black !)

    I have a sign company which uses the stuff all the time it is easy to apply and take off, its also cheap ,contact your local sign maker and they will supply the stuff. It really depends if you use the room for anything else if you want to just leave it on


    dancer
     
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    I had my mother line my curtains with blackout material, does a great job when i close the curtains..no light at all gets in and the bonus of if i move, i'll be taking the curtains with me anyway;)

    Taz.:cool:
     
  15. Punce

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    How dare you!! That's my adorable Hughes & Kettner Triamp!

    [​IMG]

    When I'm not watching movies (or working) I crank it up and jam - which reminds me, other than blocking light coming in I really should block the sound going out of the room ;)

    Punce

    PS - I also have a Marshall Valvestate 40, but I want to sell it cos I never use it now ;)
     
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    Well I was close...

    So what type of Guitar have you got?

    I play a bit myself you see that's why I'm asking!

    I've got an old Kramer Pacer and a Jackson/Charvel, both left handed. I've also got two Marshall JCM900's and four 4x12 cab's and a number of rack mount effects....

    Also, what sort of music are you into?
     
  17. Punce

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    A bit off topic, so I've sent you a pm
     
  18. skimber

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    Off topic, shmoff topic....

    Here's my Mesa Boogie!! :D not enough money for the matching cab tho :(

    [​IMG]
     
  19. gwbailey

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    Nice Guitar Simon!! is it original?

    I can't make it out because of the picture!
     
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    Just an Epiphone unfortunately... Plays incredibly well though... as good as any gibson i've played.

    I'm saving for a PRS or a Les Paul Class 5...

    Perhaps we should have a music section on here? :) it is Audio after all!
     

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