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

Cory Cryer

For some homeowners in Houston, the home theater or media room is more than a hobby room, but one of the most important rooms in the house.  You position your furniture just right so that all seats can view the huge high-resolution TV without straining their necks.  The surround sound speaker system covers you in award-winning scores and exciting sound effects. Now, you need to put up the most functional window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Even if your media room is in a family or bonus room, you need to get the most from your TV.  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 muffle outside sound.  Last but not least, your shutters or shades should show some style even when the TV is off.  

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

Your Window Treatments Should Completely Close Off The Light

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you watch a movie in a home theater or media room, you want the room free of outside light.  You may want to start with shades that block the outside world.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades can effectively block out the sun. And by using fabric or sold colors, you can make the room as dark as you desire, where the screen is the main focal point.

However, while the right kind of shade will get your room completely dark, they don’t do a fantastic job at directing light.  If you want the benefit of directing light in addition to blacking out the sun, you will want to consider plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to shroud the room in complete darkness when you shut the louvers. But when the movie isn’t on you might want to let in some sunlight, so the room doesn’t seem so claustrophobic. With shutters, you can let just a bit of light in, so visitors can still gather after the TV turns off.  

Your Window Treatments Should Dampen Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Your window coverings should block out outside light, but don’t overlook the importance of sound.  Outside noise, such as children playing in the yard or a passing car, can divert you from what’s on the screen. What comes from your television should also be preserved, as your program’s sound can become distorted when it hits your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can do a great job keeping the room dark, but they can be too delicate to adequately stop outside noise.  Blinds can have the same problem as they are usually loose around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside sound, but might also dampen inside sound and prevent you from enjoying a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, in contrast, block outside noise and keep your shows sounding nice.  If your yard is generally quiet, any plantation shutter probably will work just fine. However, 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 quality faux wood shutter. Whatever treatment you decide on, make sure you set up your surround sound after you install window treatments so that you get the most from your speakers.

The More Functional 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 more in fashion, media rooms have begun to function as a multipurpose room.  Used for more than movies and television, media rooms are also a room for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. In this instance, you will want a practical covering that looks sleek when it’s not in use.

When a cellular or roman shade is raised, they almost disappear.  This leaves your windows open , like the window treatment doesn’t exist, and you forfeit privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a utilitarian space, and not only as a movie room. And since you can open or close shutters to a variable amount of light, you can set aside a corner table where people might opt to talk or play a game. Everyone else can then sit in the couch catching the double feature .

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

If your media room doesn’t have a lot of outside windows, then you may want to opt for a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you use a general use media room, then plantation shutters are the way to go. Either way, your Sunburst representative can help you out.  Call 713-853-9629 and schedule your in-home consultation.