Perfect Projection :: Home Cinema Blinds

August 11th, 2009 in All About Blinds


If you’re planning a new home cinema (ok, I accept that the picture above maybe a little ambitious :D) then the chances are that you will need to darken the room. There is an opportunity here, not only to stop the light but also to cut the cost of a projector screen.

Whether you have a DLP or LCD projector, screens can be expensive. A very cost effective means of getting a perfect projector screen is to use a blackout blind (a quick price comparison shows a 194cm wide x 111cm screen as costing £199.00 whereas a blackout blind from our website of the same size would cost £49.75). Not only do you get the screen, but also the option to place the blind over the window and stop the daylight at the same time.

Another benefit of using a blind is that a blind can be made bigger than a typical screen and again this is at a reduced cost, the texture and light reflectance from a blind is as good if not better than many of the screens currently available as well. Remember not to immediately go for the biggest projection surface area you can get, having a screening area that is too big for the room results in stiff necks and uncomfortable viewing positions. The easiest way to gauge the size of screen that you will need is to place the projector in position and project onto the opposite wall, normally there is a standard test image and this will allow you to resize and position the screening area and also focus the image. Once the image is projected, take a seat and make sure you are comfortable, as long as you are then all you have to do is measure the projected image and you have the ideal size of screen that you need.

With regards to light reflectance and texture, this is something that should be considered when choosing the right blind for this type of application. There’s no point in splashing out on a great projector and then using the wrong fabric on the screen surface, you simply loose the image quality that you just paid the extra money to achieve. There’s typically two types of screen, a matte screen or a reflective screen and both can be found in blackout blinds.

Matte Fabric

The more common and more versatile of the two options. This allows a wide viewing angle, great colour reproduction (no bleached colours) and brightness. Matte fabric is ideal for viewing TV images and movies and is suitable for all types of projectors and mounting positions. The type of blind that you would order for this would be one of our ‘Sevilla Blackout Roller Blinds‘.

Reflective Fabric

When used correctly, reflective fabrics will give the best possible image quality for projectors. The extra light reflectance from this type of fabric makes it the ideal choice when a wider viewing angle is needed and also for projecting data images (e.g. HD images from a games console). Because the material bounces light directly, the images will be clearer and brighter, especially on larger areas. However there is a downside to using a reflective fabric in that you have to be careful with the positioning of the projector itself to gain the maximum benefit. Really you should only use reflective fabrics for overhead projectors otherwise there would be a loss of image quality as the image will be reflected in the wrong direction for optimum viewing. Our ‘Ocean Blackout Roller Blinds‘ are a perfect reflective material for use in this application.

I hope this helps you, remember that we’re available Monday through to Friday, 9am to 5pm on the freephone number if you’d like to have a chat about what would be the most suitable blind for your requirements.

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