For some TV and movie lovers in Las Vegas, the home theater or media room is just not a hobby room, but one of the most inclusive rooms in the house. The whole room faces the large 4k television. The sound system envelops you in cinematic scores and rich dialog. Now, it’s time to 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 need to get the most from your television. Nevertheless, you need a shutter or shade that will totally darken the room, so that you don’t see glare on your screen. It’s also helpful if your window treatments could muffle outside sound. Lastly, your window treatments should show 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
When you watch a movie in a home theater or media room, you want the room free of outside light. The obvious choice are shades that shut out distracting sun and street lights. Opaque cellular shades
, roller shades or Roman shades will block out the sun. And as the shades cover the full window, you can get the room as black as you need, so you can create that authentic movie theater feel.
However, while some shades will black out a room, they may not do a fantastic job at directing sunlight. If you want the benefit of directing light as well, you will want to consider plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to completely block out outside light when they are closed. 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 family and friends can visit after the TV turns off.
Your Window Treatments Should Hinder Sound
While ensuring that your home theater or media room has enough darkness is priority number one, don’t forget about the importance of sound. Outside noise, such as neighborhood children having fun in the yard or a passing car, can divert you from what you are watching. What comes from your films and TV programs should also be addressed, as dialog and music can become muddied when it reflects off 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 open around the sides. Drapes and curtains will hinder outside sound, but might also distort your show’s sound and prevent you from having a true surround-sound experience.
Plantation shutters, as designed, can keep outside noise out and keep your shows sounding nice. If your street is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter should work just fine. But if you live in an area that has more traffic or children, like close to a playground or on a popular street, you may want to use a heavier faux wood shutter. No matter what treatment you decide on, make sure you reposition your surround sound after the treatments are up so that you get the most from your speakers.
The More Versatile Your Media Room, The More Practical The Window Treatment
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As 50” - 72” inch televisions become easier to get, media rooms have begun to be seen as the main recreational area. While they still are used for movies, media rooms can be a place for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. Now, you will need a functional window covering that looks stylish when it’s the room is being used for other purposes.
When a cellular or roman shade is up, 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 utilized as a utilitarian space, and not only as a space to watch movies. And since you can open or close shutters to direct as much light as you want, you can deligate a back area where friends can catch up or do something else. The rest of the group can then sit in darkness on the couch catching the double feature .
Which Window Treatment For Your Home Theater Or Media Room Works For You?
If your media room doesn’t have many outside facing windows, then you may want to opt for a cellular, roman or roller shade. If you prefer general use media room, then plantation shutters may be the best option. Any way you go, your Sunburst representative can assist. Call 702-850-6619 today to schedule your in-home consultation.