Suggestions for DIY screen Fabric

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  1. derekhansen

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    I am about to start work on a dedicated Home Cinema with projector. I want to make my own screen using timber framing and screen material but am struggling to get clear information on suitability and cost.
    I am hoping someone here can make some suggestions or post some links based on their experience of making their own.

    My projector will be the Sony HW45ES, The room will be finished in a dark coloured stretch fabric. I intend to view mainly movies and the room will always be dark.
    I have a budget of £250 for the screen material (excluding the frame) but I am not sure how realistic that is.
     
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    The cheapest screen material is probably white blackout cloth. You should be able to get it for under £5 a linear yard. It's probably unity gain at best or slightly less.

    If you wanted to put your speakers behind it, then spandex is the cheapest option. Two layers are usually needed, but some do give a slight moire effect if you have two layers of white. A layer of white over black will not have the moire and will be a little sharper, but will be less bright. You will need twice as much material as BOC to make a screen of the same size.

    I used wood from B&Q for my first screens, something like 94mm x 18mm x 2.4m IIRC, but have also tried CLS, which I found to be more liable to twisting, so not as good IMHO.

    If you use BOC or Spandex, you should be able to make the screen for between £30 and £60 depending on size, which will be limited by the height of the material you use.

    If you want a better or pro material, then you will have to look around and see what other people have been using. I'm sure a few will post here.
     
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    I used PSM ProWhite for a 110" 2.39:1.
    ProWhite projector screen material - PSM Screens - Projector Screen Material

    The frame was £17 cut and planed from my local timber yard.
    2off 2600 x 70 x 18
    2off 960 x 70 x 18
    2off 960 x 70 x 15

    Metalwork from screw fix £12
    4off T plates
    4off Corner Plates
    1box 4mm x 12mm Countersunk wood screws

    ProWhite Screen Material from PSM £116.50
    1off Prowhite Material for 110" 2.39:1
    1roll 2" Boarder Tape
    1off Delivery charge.

    Total Cost £145.50

    I have some images but for some reason I cannot upload them.
     
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    Thanks Armourdillo. This looks like the sort of material (and cost) I was hoping someone could point me in the direction of.
    Thanks to Gary and truerom for the suggestions as well.
     
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    I'll second the PSM screen material. I have tried many over the years, including da-lite, harkness and Bea max.

    The PSM is of similar quality to the excellent hardness, but with the added benefit of having black backing and a much cheaper price. iMHO you won't get better for the money.
     
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    3rd for PSM. I used it for my masked screen project.

    Very happy with results.

    IMG_1502708075.921016.jpg
     
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    Should be able to post some images now :)

    This is my finished 110" Screen.

    There is a window behind as you can see from the hole above the window ledge.
    Now this is filled in the room is pitch black.
    IMG_20170724_091512320[1].jpg IMG-20170724-WA0005[1].jpg
     
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    Looks great Tarpot. I am definitely going for the PSM. I had a look through your build thread. Very impressed.

    Looks very similar to the size and proportions I am looking at doing. Can I ask what the distance is from your PJ and screen also the viewing distance?
     
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    Ok here is a basic sketch of the room.

    I have a walk in wardrobe (Projector room :) ) this allows me to have the projector farther back.
    Projection distance = 3800
    Seating distance = 2400

    Room Plan.JPG
     
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    Thanks for getting back to me.

    That is very close to what I will have.
    Projection distance - 3500mm
    Seating distance 2800mm
     
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    So.......I’ve been thinking about building a DIY screen. I’ve already had a sample of the PSM Prowhite material and it seems ideal.

    I think I (or even my Dad!) could construct the timber frame, but I was just wondering what the best way is to then merge material with frame? Is there any need to use any sort of backing material, or is it just scratch the fabric over the frame?

    Cheers
     
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    Make the frame. Make sure it's free from sawdust, and just stretch and staple over frame.

    The the material comes with instructions that worked a treat for me.
     
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    Brilliant! Thanks very much for this. Now onto the screen!
     
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    My screen build is here, if you fancy a peek.
     
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    Wow, that is really impressive! My current masking is much more basic, the screen area on the wall is surrounded by a frame made from 2” strips of fibreboard and covered in Devore. I have 2 removable panels which again are fibreboard (but wide enough to mask the much wider black bars on 2:35 material), with 2 stronger pieces of wood glued on to to provide the structural strength and then all covered in Devore. The removable panels just rest on brackets affixed to the wall. I actually have 2 settings for the bottom panel which can be used in isolation to mask a very slight area for 1:85 ratio material, but never use is as with the black levels of the JVC, I tend not to notice very slight black bars.

    I like your frame and will I think make something very similar. I expect wood will do the trick and I’m not too worried about shrinkage or anything like that.

    Thanks for all the help - very useful!
     
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    I’d love to be able to do something like this but I need to remove my screen occasional to get into the store room behind it. Was contemplating making a thin length of stuff used to back dressers and covering in black velvet that I can mount on to the screen to give me the 2:35:1 ratio when watching movies.
     

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