Wall and Carpet colour, Risers

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  1. SamCK

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    HT room is 17 by 12 wide. 120 inch daigonal 4:3 screen at front, X1 projector ceiling mounted 16.5 feet back. Wonderful clear image, but significant light spill which I understand is a problem with these "cheaper" projectors.

    Currently, the room has a light wall colour, and when a movie is playing with no room lights on, the walls light up.

    Any suggestions on wall colour. Should I paint the front wall a flat black and ceiling as well. I was thinking maybe a burgandy on the side walls.

    What colour carpeting? Currently a tan burber.

    I'd like to build a riser in the back, about 6 inches high and about 4.5 feet in depth. Would you recommend building this on top of the existing carpet, and is so, how should I attach it or will it's weight along hold it. Should I rip the carpet up in the back, and glue it to the cement. There is in floor heating so I don't really want to drive nails into the conrete floor. Thanks.
     
  2. Nick P

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    Sam,

    I built my 4'X 8' riser on existing carpet and by the time the seats were on it it wasn't going anywhere. I used 2X6's (would have liked to use 8's or 10's but I had a clearance problem with duct work) and a nearly 1 inch thick piece of plywood and it's solid as a rock.
     
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    Did you fill it with insulation, and if so, how did you hold it in - plywood (1/2 inch) on bottom as well, or soem sort of sofa material (ie stuff under sofa's) on the bottom. I plan on making it in the garage and then carrying it down - it will likely be 4 by 8.

    I was thinking 1/2 inch plywood at bottom, 2X6 with 12 inch centers frame, fill it with insulation, 3/4 plywood (glued and screwed, roofing felt, and another 3/4 inch plywood. Is this overkill, and will attaching a sheet to the bottom intefer with acoustics?
     
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    Sam,
    Check out the front of mine for some ideas!!! Looks good and very easy. All grill cloth. Email me if you have questions!!!!
    Shawn
     
  5. Nick P

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    Sam,

    I have my joists right on the existing carpet. No plywood on the bottom. I did fill it with 6" thick insulation after it was in place and then I attatched the top piece of plywood. Mine was just a hair under 1 inch thick. 7/8" I think. I know I'll get reprimanded for this but I do think gluing, screwing and using 2 layers of plywood with roofing felt in-between is overkill. I put nails all the way around and down the center of the joists about 6 inches apart and there has not been a single creak out of the thing. However, my theater seats are screwed directly through the plywood and into the joists. I put down a layer of carpet padding on the top and then covered the whole unit with quality carpet. I haven't had any acoustical problems that I'm aware of. No resonating or vibrations.
     

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