room width question

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by MykeH, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. MykeH

    MykeH Auditioning

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    i'm trying to layout my bsmt for a theater room and have a spot that'll accomodate one measuring roughly 17ft x 21ft. i've read about building "a room w/i a room" and wanted to know how to support the theater's ceiling beams. if i were to use 2x4's for the ceiling, the 17ft length seems pretty long. add the weight of 2 layers of drywall plus dampening material, i'm worried that the 2x4's will sag. and since the theater's ceiling will not be attached to the bsmt's ceiling, i'm not sure if the 17ft distance is too great. would like to hear some ideas as to what others have done. thanks.
     
  2. Jack Ferry

    Jack Ferry Stunt Coordinator

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    Why the separate (unattached) ceiling?

    Also, what is the basement ceiling height and the height you'd like your HT ceiling?
     
  3. Tim Bargar

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    http://tedwhite.homestead.com/Whitepapers.html

    Buidling a floating ceiling involves putting the ceiling joists between the above floor joists. You should definately use something more than 2x4s for the ceiling joists. Take a look at the above link, you'll see how Ted White built his floating ceiling.
     

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