Best Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Sacramento

Curtis Orton

For some TV and movie lovers in Sacramento, the home theater or media room is more than a specialty room, but one of the most important rooms you use.  You position your seats just right so that all seats can watch the huge high-resolution television without any obstruction.  The state-of-the-art speakers envelops you in dramatic scores and exciting sound effects. Now, you should install the most functional window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Your home theater may double as a family room, but you should get the most from your television.  It goes without saying, you need a window treatment that will completely block out light, so that you don’t get glare on your screen. It’s also nice if your window coverings could muffle outside sound.  As an added bonus, your shutters or shades should keep some style even when your movies aren’t playing.  

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

Your Window Coverings Should Block Out The Light

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you see a film in a home theater or media room, you want the room as dark as possible.  You may want to start with shades that block distracting sun and street lights.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will definitely block out the sun. And with the right materials, you can get the room as black as you need, so you can make that authentic movie theater experience.

However, while the right kind of shade will make your room completely dark, they won’t work very well when your film isn’t on the screen.  If you wish to have the benefit of directing light in addition to blacking out the sun, you should consider plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to completely block out outside light when you shut the louvers. But when the movie isn’t on you might want some outside light, so the room doesn’t seem so claustrophobic. With plantation shutters, you can adjust how the light shines in, so every TV watching experience isn’t always in a dark theater.  

Your Window Treatments Should Dampen Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

While making sure your home theater or media room has enough darkness is the first priority, don’t forget about the influence of sound.  Outside noise, such as kids playing in the yard or a passing car, can distract you from what’s on the screen. Music and dialog from your television should also be preserved, 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 usually are too thin to adequately block out commotion.  Blinds can have the same problem as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains will hinder outside noise, but might also muffle your show’s sound and hinder you from having a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, on the other hand, stop outside sound and keep inside sound great.  If your neighborhood is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter probably will work just fine. Then again if you reside in a neighborhood that has more outside activity, like near a school or on a well-traveled street, you will probably want to use a heavier faux wood shutter. No matter what treatment you pick, make sure you arrange your sound system 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 bigger screen televisions become easier to get, media rooms have started to be seen as a second family room.  Used for more than movies and television, 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 functional covering that looks stylish when it’s the room is being used for other purposes.

When a cellular or roman shade is up, they dissapear into the window sill.  This leaves your windows completely uncovered , letting in 100% sunlight, which may not be the best decision. Plantation shutters let your room be used as a general space, and not only as a home theater. And since you can adjust each one to direct as much light as you want, you can set aside a corner table where people might opt to talk or play a game. Others can then not be disturbed on the movie area enjoying the movie .

Which Window Treatment For Your Home Theater Or Media Room Is Best 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 prefer multi-use media room, then plantation shutters may be the best option. Any way you go, your Sunburst representative can help you out.  Call 916-250-0758 so you can schedule your in-home consultation.