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Hello All,

I have two questions about setting up a room for a projector.

I am working with a very limited budget.

I need a blackout blind and my only affordable option is Argos. I'm going to order their 5 foot blind and am hoping to be able to use the existing fixtures on my window.

Blackout roller blinds always allow in at the sides, top and bottom (bottom is easily remedied if you can pull it down far enough).

My question is about the top and sides - does anyone here have any ideas for how to prevent it? I know thee is a product called a cassette blind. How would I make something like that? Or if there is a very easy way even better method.

If someone has an idea other than a roller blin then I'm listening - I would be open to any help.

Next is the projector screen.

I don't have the projector (it is current en route to me) and since I need to test it out to know where is best for the screen I decided to just use projector paint instead. While look into that I was told since it is not a high end projector that I would just as good a picture on a matt white wall as I would on a screen or with the specialised paint.

Can anyone here confirm this is true? I can neither afford the special paint or screen now anyway (would have to wait until September.) but I would like to know so that I'm not disappointed.

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Venetian blind, we had a cheap all plastic black one, bigger than the window, so when let down it covered the whole window from top to bottom, being as it was a Venetian blind I was able to fix it directly to the wall (Screwed strait through the "box" at the top, so it sat directly on the wall, no gaps) The other thing is black blanket (not sheet, too thin)

No idea about projector paint, but what ever paint you use, make sure the wall is 100% smooth, no dents no filler, no nothing. If it isn't any "blemishes" will show up in places where you don't need them in the projected picture, and it will look rubbish.
Photographers use a wide roll of paper for backgrounds, as it fits the bill, perhaps you could do the same, BUT you can't use two rolls as you will see the join (or overlap) when the projector is on
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Thank you for the response.

Another type of blind did not occur to me. And was just the same as blackout?

There is a small holier the wall that I have to Polyfilla. It might be a problem but I won't know until get it all done.

What type of paper do you mean?
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I don't know what photographers call it, but they use it to go behind the person or object having their picture taken, so its a perfectly smooth background
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Seamless background paper.
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Hello,

I need a very, very inexpensive way to blockout light in a room.

The window is over five feet wide so buying a roller blind is expensive. And the velcro Ikea/blinds in a box are all too small. All the Ikea blinds are too small.

There is the suction cup temporary kind but it is not ideal - I find they can difficult to get to stick and have had them fallen off a few times - and I needs be able to pull it up to let in light .

I've racked my brains and googled but I can't find suitable options.

I do have the original blinds from the house (not the chains or wheels but they would be easy to get I think) and I thought maybe I could buy the blackout material cheap. Is it easy to replace the material in a roller blind? I have the old blinds promised to some one (but never actually gave the quantity) but if assembling a new blind is beyond me I would not waste the blind someone else could use. I've watched a youtube video about it and it was shown as easy but my blinds are old and I don't know if the are the same. I don't currently have access to them to unroll it check.

However this option brings a problem to. The blind would still allow light in a the sides.

Can anyone give me some guidance? I would also like to avoid drilling if possible.

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I suppose it depends on why you want the room blacked out what is best.
For photographic purposes you need a tight fitting frame, for sleeping during the day a cheap eye mask works well, for home cinema a well fitting blind or heavy curtains.
On the other hand if you are building a dungeon well who knows! :lol:
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NotHandyMan,

Just one thread per topic please. I've merged thetwo threads.
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