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

Eric Ramsey

For some TV and movie lovers in Gainesville, the home theater or media room is more than a hobby room, but one of the most used rooms in the house.  The entire room is focused on the oversized 4k television.  The state-of-the-art speakers envelops you in award-winning scores and rich dialog. Now, you should put up the best window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Even if your home theater is in a living or family room, you should get everything from your television.  Of course, you need a window treatment that will completely darken the room, so that you don’t have to deal with glare on your screen. It’s also nice if your coverings could muffle outside sound.  As an added bonus, your coverings should keep some style even when you're not viewing the latest blockbuster.  

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

Your Window Treatments Should Dim The Light

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you watch a movie in a home theater or media room, you want the room on the darker side.  The obvious choice are shades that blackout the outside world.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will definitely keep the room dark. And by using fabric or sold colors, you can make the room as dark as you need, so that the only brightness will be your television.

However, as wonderful as cellular shades are at blocking outside light, they don’t do a exceptional job at directing outside light.  If you wish to have the benefit of directing light in addition to blacking out the sun, you will want to consider plantation shutters. Shutters have the ability to completely block out outside light when the louvers are shut. However, sometimes you might need some outside light, so the space doesn’t seem so closed in. With shutters, you can let just a bit of light in, while still ensuring that you can view the television screen without a glare.  

Your Window Treatments Should Block Out Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Your window coverings should block out light, but don’t underestimate the influence of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children horsing around in the yard or a passing car, can disturb you from what you are watching. What comes from what you are watching should also be preserved, as dialog and music can become muffled when it reflects off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can do a great job keeping the room dark, but they may be a bit slim to adequately block out commotion.  Blinds can have the same issues as they are usually loose around the sides. Drapes and curtains will hinder outside sound, but might also distort your show’s sound and stop you from hearing a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, as designed, can keep outside noise out and keep your movies sounding nice.  If your yard is usually peaceful, any plantation shutter should fulfill the purpose. However, if you reside in an area that has more outside activity, like close to a playground or on a well-traveled street, you may want to use a quality faux wood shutter. Whatever covering you choose, make sure you arrange your surround sound after after your treatments are installed so that you you get quality sound from your speakers.

The More Uses Of Your Media Room, The More Practical The Window Treatment

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

As 50” - 72” inch televisions become easier to get, media rooms have started to be seen as a multipurpose room.  No longer confined to films, media rooms are used for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. If you use your room for more than one purpose, you will need a more versatile covering that looks sleek when it’s not in use.

When a cellular or roman shade is up, they the roll completely up.  This leaves your windows bare enough to let in heaps of natural light, but won’t help privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be used as a multi-purpose space, and not just as a movie room. And since shutters can easily adjust as much as you need, you can deligate a corner table where friends or family may want to catch up or do something else. The rest of the group can then sit in darkness on the main part of the room watching the film .

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

If your home theater or media room doesn’t have many outside facing windows, then you may want to opt for a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you have a multi-purpose media room, then plantation shutters could be best. Either way, your Sunburst representative can assist.  Call 813-602-5966 and schedule your in-home consultation.