The Perfect Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Charlotte

Neil Blackwelder

For some TV and movie lovers in Charlotte, the home theater or media room is just not a niche, but one of the most used rooms you could use.  You place your furniture just right so that every seat can view the big screen TV without any obstruction.  The surround sound speaker system covers you in award-winning scores and exciting sound effects. Now, you should install the perfect window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Your home theater may also be used as a family room, but you should get the most from your television.  Nevertheless, you need a covering that will adequately black out the room, so that you don’t see glare on your screen. An added benefit would be if your window treatments could completely dampen outside sound.  And finally, your window treatments should show some style even when your movies aren’t playing.  

So what are the perfect window treatments for a home theater or media room?

Your Window Coverings Should Completely Close Off The Light

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you watch TV in a home theater or media room, you want the room free of outside light.  Your first instinct may veer to shades that block all outside light.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades can effectively keep the room dark. And as the shades cover the full window, you can get the room as dark as you need, so you can get a nice movie theater experience.

However, as completely as cellular shades are at blocking the sun, they may not direct outside light other than blocking it out.  If you want the opportunity to direct light as well, you will want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters have the ability to completely block out outside light when they are closed. However, sometimes you might want some outside light, so the space doesn’t seem so closed in. With plantation shutters, you can adjust how the light shines in, while making sure that you can watch television without a glare.  

Your Window Treatments Should Dampen Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

While ensuring that your home theater or media room has plenty of darkness is important, don’t forget about the importance of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children playing in the yard or a neighbor dog barking, can distract you from your viewing experience. Sounds from your films and TV programs should also be addressed, as your program’s sound can become muffled when it bounces off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can do a great job keeping the room dark, but they can be a bit slim to adequately block out sounds.  Blinds can have the same problem as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside noise, but might also muffle inside sound and hinder you from hearing a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, as designed, block outside noise and keep inside sound nice.  If your neighborhood is generally quiet, any plantation shutter should work just fine. But if you happen to be in a community that has more ambient noise, like in a child-friendly area or on a busy street, you will probably want to use a quality faux wood shutter. No matter what treatment you choose, make sure you set up your surround sound after after your treatments are installed so that you get the most from your speakers.

The More Versatile Your Media Room, The More Versatile The Window Treatment

Bedroom with shutters and oar over tv photo courtesy of Kathy at The Daily Nest

 
As larger screen televisions become more in fashion, media rooms have begun to become the main recreational area.  Used for more than movies, media rooms are used for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. If you use your room for more than one purpose, you will want a more versatile window treatment that looks great when it’s the room is being used for other purposes.

When a cellular or roman shade is raised, they the roll completely up.  This leaves your windows completely uncovered to let in heaps of natural light, but won’t help privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a multi-purpose space, and not just as a home theater. And since shutters can easily adjust as much as you need, you can set aside a back area where friends or family can visit or play a game. Others can then sit in darkness on the movie area watching the film .

Which Window Treatment For Your Home Theater Or Media Room Works For You?

If your media room doesn’t have many outside windows, then you may want to opt for a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you have a general use media room, then plantation shutters could be best. Either way, your Sunburst representative can assist.  Call 980-231-1116 so you can schedule your in-home consultation.