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Published on July 25th, 2006 | by Jules Yap


timtom’s trio: #1 tupplur home cinema screen

i’m always impressed with the creativity of ikea hackers. a few weeks back, timtom wrote me and told me of his home filled with ikea stuff and hacks. of course, that got me hooked instantly, and I pestered gently coaxed him till he sent me 3 hacks and some pretty pictures. this is the first – a home cinema screen made from tupplur blinds.

“i use a tupplur plain white blind as a home cinema screen. it works almost as well as these costly screens, for a fraction of the price. it’s quite a popular hack: do some googling and you will find out that there are plenty of people out there having set a similar setup. if a plain white screen is not your mojo, you can always apply a layer of reflective paint over it, and paint a black frame on the area that’s not being used for projection (leave a 16/9 window). the results will be way better, allegedly, because it will absorb the diffracted light hitting the side of your screen, and you will have better contrast.

i was too lazy to do this, but maybe i will upgrade my setup with some buckets of paint. the tricky part is to apply the correct quantity of paint so your blind can still be rolled up without messing your paint job. again, scout the ‘net for directions’ such as this one.”

tupplur blinds, we think, are no longer in production. sigh … some times you just wonder why ikea goes and kill a good thing. you can still use the same idea with plain white fabric or other blinds like the iris may work.

the trio
> #2: movable dvd player storage
> #3: coming soon

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9 Responses to timtom’s trio: #1 tupplur home cinema screen

  1. Anonymous says:

    I don’t have a home cinema but while we were measuring up to fit our blind today (and debating whether to hang from wall or ceiling) my husband said that it would look like an overhead projector screen if hung from the ceiling. Now I find out that it’s not an uncommon practice. It’s a good idea.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Still a fantastic idea many years later (Tupplur blinds are still available in the UK), provided many hours of fun over the Christmas holiday period hacking my way through Skyrim :D

  3. Anonymous says:

    I use it that way too. I thought I was so original… the image quality is great.

  4. souterrain says:

    @ Kurt C.: Not all of us are willing to spend money on even the cheapest commercial projection screens.

  5. h00ch says:

    Which side of the blind do you think is better? The dull side or the shiny side?

  6. Kurt C. says:

    The image quality on this will be awful compared to a real projection screen.

  7. Jules says:

    Got a tip off from Narf that the tupplur blind is back. Funny that they list it as “new” though. :)

    Here’s the link.

  8. Anonymous says:

    fyi tupplur blinds are available in Australia (April 2007)

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