Best Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Kingsport

Jacob Hayes

For some homeowners in Kingsport, the home theater or media room is just not a specialty room, but one of the most important rooms you could use.  You place your seats just right so that every seat can view the big screen TV without any problems.  The state-of-the-art speakers covers you in cinematic scores and rich dialog. Now, you should put up the best window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

When your media room is used as a gathering place, you should get the most from your TV.  Of course, you need a covering that will totally black out the room, so that you don’t get glare on your screen. It’s also helpful if your coverings could completely dampen outside sound.  And it definitely would be great for you to find a window treatment that provides style even when your movies aren’t playing.  

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 see a film in a home theater or media room, you want the room as dark as possible.  Your first instinct may veer to shades that block all outside light.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades can effectively keep the room dark. And by using fabric or sold colors, you can make the room as black as you need, so you can create that authentic movie theater feel.

However, while the right shade will get your room movie theater dark, they may not adequately direct outside light when the movie isn’t in session.  If you want the opportunity to direct light in addition to blacking out the sun, you may want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters can shroud the room in complete darkness when the louvers are shut. But when the movie isn’t on you might need some sunlight, so the room doesn’t seem so closed in. With shutters, you can direct outside light, 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 

Your window coverings should black out light, but don’t underestimate the influence of sound.  Outside noise, such as children playing in the yard or a neighbor dog barking, can distract you from your viewing experience. Sounds from your television should also be protected, as dialog and music can become distorted when it reflects off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can keep the room dark, but they usually are a bit slim to adequately hinder outside noise.  Blinds can have the same issues as they are usually loose around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside sound, but might also muffle inside sound and stop you from having a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, in contrast, stop outside sound and keep inside sound pure.  If your neighborhood is usually peaceful, any plantation shutter can 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 will probably want to use a denser faux wood shutter. Whatever covering you choose, make sure you reposition your sound system after you install window treatments so that you get the most 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 50” - 72” inch televisions become more in fashion, media rooms have begun to become a second family room.  No longer confined to movies, media rooms can be a place 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 sleek when it’s not in use.

When a cellular or roman shade is up, 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 utilitarian space, and not just as a movie room. And since you can adjust each one as much as you need, you can designate a back area where friends might opt to talk or play a game. Others can then sit in darkness 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 windows, then you may choose a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you prefer multi-use media room, then plantation shutters could be best. Whatever you choose, your Sunburst representative can show you all your options.  Call 276-685-5343 so you can schedule your in-home consultation.