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Rubbish Blackout blinds

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by (GTV)Chris, Jun 21, 2003.

  1. (GTV)Chris

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    I am unlucky enough to have a window and a door with a window in my cinema room :(
    I bought two blackout blinds from Lewis' - The fitting instructions were apalling.
    Because my windows are UPVC, The handles to the windows and doors stick out by 2" so the blind has to be moved further forward.
    I have major light spill all around the window....
    I haven't even attempted the doorway yet...too dispondent.
    Any Ideas how to cut out the light and still make it look neat.
    I had thought about making large plugs with acoustic foam to slot into the holes, they could be stored behind the sofa when not in use.

    Any suggestions welcome, even daft ones (Need cheering up)
    Ta
    Chris
     
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    How about cutting a sheet of blackout cloth to the size of your window and then using industrial strength velcro to attach.

    White velcro shouldn't look too bad and it will only take a minute to attach each time you want to use it.
     
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    Not a bad Idea at all.
    Do you know where I may be able to purchase blackout cloth?? And velcro?

    Ta

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    Most larger Fabric stores will stock blackout cloth and the velcro I would say.
     
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    Industrial strenght velcro at Homebase/B&Q. We have Remnant Kings in Scotland. Not sure if you have them in England.
     
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    Just a thought,
    If you bought some white square channel conduit, or a similar white plastic profile moulding and stuck it either side of the blind you could use it as a channel to run the edges of the blind in to substantially cut down on light spill.

    Dave
     
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    Fabric Warehouse sell self adhesive vecro - about £2 per m. Thats exactly how I attached my initial blackout blinds (have gone all professional and bought the proper thing now, but the price - Ouch!). Looked great and you hardly notice the velcro on the white frames.

    I had to stitch the velcro to the blackout cloth though as occasionally, despite being very sticky, it would pull off the material when removing the blinds. You will get a tiny tiny amount of lightspill through the stitching holes though.
     
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    or a wooden frame, size of your windows with the material stretched over, then you could just place them at the windows when needed.

    I may be able to sort you something out if you like.
     
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    roller shutter doors that every shop now seems to have :D

    adrenochrome.
     
  10. (GTV)Chris

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    :)

    Thanks for all suggestions.
    I think I may combine the two problems that I have
    1. Light
    2.sound

    I am going to cut out black out cloth and sound absorbing foam to size and place it in each frame cutting out light and hopefully a lot of my noise so I don't annoy the neighbour who's bedroom is pretty close to my cinema room.

    Many thanks



    Chris
     

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