Why Your Home Theater Needs a False Wall

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series How to Build a False Wall

A false wall (sometimes called a proscenium) is a wall constructed of bare framing upon which the home theater screen can be mounted. Acoustically transparent cloth is often stretched across the surface of bare studs, creating the illusion of a solid wall. A false wall serves many useful purposes in a dedicated home theater:

1) Large speakers and subwoofers can be concealed behind the false wall.

2) Floor to ceiling acoustic treatments, including bass traps, can be hidden behind the false wall, with no need to buy or build pretty fabric covers.

3) The black Guilford of Maine fabric stretched across the wall creates a flat black background that emphasizes whatever thematic content is playing on the screen.

In the next article in this series, I will describe how I created the false wall in my home theater.

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