Switch to English Language Passer en langue française Omschakelen naar Nederlandse Taal Wechseln Sie zu deutschen Sprache Passa alla lingua italiana
Members: 70,688   Posts: 1,548,686   Online: 1215
      
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14
  1. #1
    Jerevan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Sweden
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    1,859
    Images
    9

    How to hang a temporary darkroom curtain

    I am trying to set up some of my old dark curtains. I can't keep them permanently installed (rented flat), so I need to put it up for each session. I want to block off a doorway but the cloth that I used before just sags down and lets light in, mainly because of the curtain wire I am using. Earlier this was not a problem, but now I need some other, better way to putting it up. Tried sticky stuff and other things before, but it fell down and was no good.

    Any good ideas? Pictures are always welcome.
    “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” - Lao Tzu

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    839
    Images
    42
    Depends on the design of the door frame, but I used to use a rod along the top of the curtain. The door frame had the usual decorative frame at the top, so I could put in a couple of fine nails on the top. The rod hung on the nails, and the curtain spread over the door. The nail holes were invisible from below, and were easily filled if it was an issue.

    Graham
    I feel, therefore I photograph.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    florida
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    1,171
    Images
    2
    Although it is my own home I needed to blackout two doors in my darkroom. Here's how: get two dowel sticks and staple the fabric to both one for the top and one for the bottom; place two "L" hooks above the door jam drilling two small holes and using plastic anchors into the wall. Just hang the top dowel on the hooks. When leaving for a new flat remove the anchors and fill the holes with some spackling compound. This has worked in my darkroom for 36 years.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/

  4. #4
    Photo Engineer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    23,062
    Images
    65
    Try using a valence that slides with the curtain and that has a stiff rod through it if needed. We used them at EK and in the small lab I used to work in.

    PE

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Boone, North Carolina, USA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    166
    Except I use an old blanket, I do about the same as others mentioned. Some brads into the top of the door casing where the holes would only show if the landlord climbed up on a ladder to look, although my landlords are less fussy than some about such things.

    For the outside window, I made a wood frame that fits tight around the window casing with tempered hardboard to block the light. I drilled two hole down at an angle into the top of the frame, and drove nails through those holes into the top casing, then cut the heads off the nails so the frame hooks on and off them easily. A strip of black duct tape doubled over at the bottom of the frame forms a flap that blocks the light at the sill. Works quite well even in bright sunlight, and is easy to put up and take down.

    Anyway, my rule for all modifications is not to do anything that can not be covered with a bit of putty or spackling compound.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Zichem Belgium
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    236
    http://www.ikea.com/be/nl/catalog/products/80162668/

    you could use one of these (check your local IKEA.)
    it uses a spring so you don't need to drill

    Tom

  7. #7
    Jerevan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Sweden
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    1,859
    Images
    9
    Thanks guys, for all the tips! Good to know I am on the right track. I'll try to report back when I get something decent going.
    “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” - Lao Tzu

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    London, England
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    113
    I use black polythene bin liners pinned to the door frame above with a length of dowel pinned to the lower edge. Can be rolled up, I just tie it at the top with string looped over it. Joins are done with sticky tape up and down, and dowel pinned in the rolling axis. Polythene doesn't wear out, sticky tape needs re-newing every 10 years or so.
    Of course as it just rolls down there is light leak. But a polythene curtain on either side of the door frame renders it pretty well light proof; I just don't print in the middle of the day in high summer.
    Richard

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Tacoma, WA
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    62
    Gaffers tape - it's what I use to hold up the three curtains in my laundry/darkroom (two doors and a window). Easy to put up, easy to take down, and no marks at all if you pull it off within 24 hours (after that it MAY lift some paint).

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    1,066
    Rather than hanging curtains, you can achieve a really good light seal with foam strip weather stripping, about 3-5mm thick, 1cm wide, comes in coils and is cheap. It has pull off covering for the sticky stuff, which you use to attach. I used it for my darkroom door, top and sides., place it in the contact areas between the door and the jam. It lasts an amazing length of time (in terms of the foam bouncing back). Then just roll up a towel for the crack at the bottom of the door.
    The only thing in your situation, is that the adhesive is quite aggressive, and might be hard to remove. So, you need to figure out a way to attach it with enough stick to hold it, and be able to remove it later. Might be able to tape it in place with masking tape, without removing its adhesive cover. Or you could stick it down to plain strips of paper, then attach the paper at intervals to the door jam, then easily removable.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast


 

APUG PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Contact Us  |  Support Us!  |  Advertise  |  Site Terms  |  Archive  —   Search  |  Mobile Device Access  |  RSS  |  Facebook  |  Linkedin