Best Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Tampa

Eric Ramsey

For some homeowners in Tampa, the home theater or media room is just not a hobby room, but one of the most used rooms you could use.  The whole room is focused on the large 4k television.  The state-of-the-art speakers covers you in dramatic scores and exciting sound effects. Now, you need to put up the best window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Your TV room may double as a family room, but 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 helpful if your window coverings could muffle outside sound.  And it probably would be nice if you could find a shutter or shade that provides style even when your movies aren’t playing.  

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

Your Window Treatments Should Make The Room Pitch Black

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you see a film in a home theater or media room, you want the room on the darker side.  Your first instinct may veer to shades that blackout all outside light.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades can effectively keep the sun out. And as the shades cover the full window, you can get the room as dark as you need, even to a point where the solitary light source will derive from the screen.

However, as completely as cellular shades are at shutting out the sun, they may not direct outside light other than blocking it out.  If you need the benefit of directing light in addition to blacking out the sun, you will want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to completely block out outside light when the louvers are shut. But there are times you might want to let in some sunlight, so the room doesn’t seem so claustrophobic. With shutters, you can direct outside light, so visitors can visit after the TV turns off.  

Your Window Treatments Should Block Out Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Your window treatments should block out outside light, but don’t forget about the significance of sound.  Outside noise, such as kids having fun in the yard or a neighbor dog barking, can divert you from your viewing experience. Music and dialog from what you are watching should also be protected, as dialog and music can become muddied when it bounces off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can do a great job keeping the room dark, but they can be too thin to adequately block out noise.  Blinds can have the same issues as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside noise, but might also muffle inside sound and prevent you from hearing a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, on the other hand, stop outside sound and keep inside sound great.  If your yard is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter can fit your needs. However, if you reside in a neighborhood that has more traffic or children, like near a school or on a popular street, you should use a heavier faux wood shutter. Whatever treatment you choose, make sure you arrange your sound system after you install window treatments so that you you get quality sound from your speakers.

The More Uses Of 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 bigger screen televisions become in vogue, media rooms have begun to become the main recreational area.  No longer confined to films, media rooms are used for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. Now, you will want a more versatile window 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 open , letting in 100% sunlight, and you lose privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a general space, and not only as a home theater. And since shutters can easily adjust to a variable amount of light, you can deligate a back area where friends might opt to visit or do something else. Others can then sit in the main part of the room enjoying the movie .

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

If your media room doesn’t have a lot of outside facing windows, then you may choose 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 assist.  Call 813-580-7288 so you can schedule your in-home consultation.