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

Collins Jones

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.  The whole room is centered around the oversized 4k television.  The sound system covers you in cinematic scores and rich dialog. Now, you should install the perfect window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Even if your home theater is in a family or bonus room, you should get the most from your TV.  Of course, you need a window treatment that will totally black out the room, so that you don’t see glare on your screen. It’s also nice if your coverings could adequately block outside sound.  As an added bonus, your coverings should keep some style even when the TV is off.  

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

Your Window Treatments Should Block Out The Light

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you watch TV in a home theater or media room, you want the room as dark as possible.  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 need, so you can create a real movie theater feel.

However, while the right kind of shade will make your room pitch black, they won’t work very well when your film isn’t in session.  If you need the option to direct light also, you may want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to shroud the room in complete darkness when the louvers are shut. But there are times you might want some sunlight, so the room doesn’t seem so closed in. 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 Block Out Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

No doubt about it, your home theater or media room should block out light, but don’t overlook the influence of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children playing in the yard or a passing car, can disturb you from what’s on the screen. Sounds from your films and TV programs should also be protected, as your program’s sound can become distorted when it hits your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can keep the room dark, but they usually are too delicate to adequately block out 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 having a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, on the other hand, block outside noise and keep your shows sounding pure.  If your street is generally quiet, any plantation shutter should fulfill the purpose. But if you reside in a community that has more traffic or children, like in a child-friendly area or on a popular street, you will probably want to use a denser faux wood shutter. No matter what covering you decide on, make sure you arrange your sound system after you install window treatments 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 be seen as a second family room.  No longer confined to movies, media rooms are also a room for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. In this instance, you will want a functional covering that looks stylish 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, which may not be the best decision. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a multi-purpose space, and not just as a movie room. And since you can adjust each one to direct as much light as you want, you can set aside a back area where friends or family can talk or play a game. 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 Is Best For You?

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 assist.  Call 214-301-5066 and schedule your in-home consultation.