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

April 17, 2019

For some TV and movie lovers in Dallas, 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 chairs and sofa in the right positions so each seat can watch the oversized 4K screen television without any problems.  The sound system covers you in cinematic scores and rich dialog. Now, you should cover your windows with the best window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Your home theater may be part of a family room, but you still want to get the most from your TV.  Of course, you need a window treatment that will totally block out light, so that you don’t get glare on your screen. It’s also nice if your window treatments could muffle outside sound.  And it probably would be great when you find a covering that give you some style even when you're not viewing the latest blockbuster.  

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

Your Window Treatments Should Dim The Light

Shutters in Theater Room

When you watch TV in a home theater or media room, you want the room on the darker side.  The obvious choice are shades that block the outside world.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will definitely keep the sun out. And as the shades cover the full window, you can get the room as black as you want, so you can create that authentic movie theater feel.

However, while a cellular shade will make your room completely dark, they don’t direct outside light other than blocking it out.  If you want the opportunity to direct light as well, you may want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to adequately darken the room when you shut the louvers. However, sometimes you might need some sunlight, so the room doesn’t seem so closed in. With plantation shutters, you can let just a bit of light in, so that people can still gather after the film.  

Your Window Treatments Should Dampen Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv

Your window treatments should cut off sun glare, but don’t overlook the influence of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children playing in the yard or a passing car, can distract you from what’s on the screen. Sounds from your films and TV programs 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 sounds.  Blinds can have the same issues as they are usually loose around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside annoyances, but might also dampen dialog from your TV and hinder you from hearing a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, as designed, can keep outside noise out and keep your shows sounding nice.  If your street is generally quiet, any plantation shutter should fulfill the purpose. However, if you reside in a community that has more traffic or children, like in a child-friendly area or on a popular street, you may want to use a denser faux wood shutter. No matter what covering you pick, make sure you arrange your sound system after after your treatments are installed so that you a full experience 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 in vogue, media rooms have started to become a second family room.  No longer confined to movies, media rooms are also a room for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. If you use your room for more than one purpose, you will want a functional 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 dissapear into the window sill.  This leaves your windows completely uncovered , like the window treatment doesn’t exist, and you won’t have privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a multi-purpose space, and not just as a movie room. And since shutters can easily adjust to direct as much light as you want, you can designate a back area where friends or family may want to talk or do something else. The rest of the group can then not be disturbed on the couch enjoying the movie .

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

If your home theater or media room doesn’t have a lot of outside facing windows, then you may want a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you have a general use media room, then plantation shutters may be the best option. Whatever you choose, your Sunburst representative can help you out.  Call 214-301-5066 today to schedule your in-home consultation.

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