Best Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In New Brunswick

Mike Horn

For some TV and movie lovers in New Brunswick, the home theater or media room is just not a niche, but one of the most used rooms you use.  You position your chairs and sofa just right so that every seat can view the oversized 4K screen TV without straining their necks.  The state-of-the-art speakers envelops you in cinematic scores and rich dialog. Now, it’s time to put up the most functional window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

When your home theater is used as a gathering place, you need to get the most from your TV.  It goes without saying, you need a covering that will completely black out the room, so that you don’t get glare on your screen. An added benefit would be if your window treatments could adequately block outside sound.  Last but not least, your window coverings should show some 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 Keep The Room Dark

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 blackout all outside light.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will definitely keep the room dark. And as the shades cover the full window, you can have the room as dark as you want, so that the only brightness will come from your television.

However, while different shades will effectively dim a room, they may not do a fantastic job at directing outside light.  If you want the benefit of directing light in addition to blacking out the sun, you may want to consider plantation shutters. Shutters have the ability to shroud the room in complete darkness when they are closed. However, sometimes you might want to let in some natural light, so the space doesn’t seem so claustrophobic. With plantation shutters, you can adjust how the light shines in, while still ensuring that you can view the television screen without a glare.  

Your Window Treatments Should Block Out Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Your window treatments should block out light, but don’t forget about the significance of sound.  Outside noise, such as kids horsing around in the yard or a neighbor dog barking, can disturb you from what’s on the screen. What comes from what you are watching should also be preserved, as your program’s sound can become distorted when it reflects off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can make the room dark, but they may be too thin to adequately block out noise.  Blinds can have the same issues as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains will hinder outside noise, but might also dampen your show’s sound and prevent you from having a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, in contrast, block outside noise and keep your shows sounding pure.  If your neighborhood is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter probably will fulfill the purpose. However, if you live in a neighborhood that has more ambient noise, like near a school or on a busy street, you should use a quality faux wood shutter. No matter what shutter you decide on, make sure you set up 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

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 be seen as a multipurpose room.  No longer confined to movies and television, 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 need a more versatile window covering that looks great when it’s the room is being used for other purposes.

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, but does nothing for privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a general space, and not just as a home theater. And since you can adjust each one as much as you need, you can designate a back area where friends can visit or read. Everyone else 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 doesn’t have a lot of outside windows, then you may choose a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you prefer multi-purpose media room, then plantation shutters are the way to go. Either way, your Sunburst representative can show you all your options.  Call 732-301-6168 today to schedule your in-home consultation.