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

Todd Hansen

For some TV and movie lovers in Orlando, the home theater or media room is more than a niche, but one of the most inclusive rooms you use.  Your big screen 4K television serves as the the focus in the room.  The sound system covers you in cinematic scores and rich dialog. Now, you should cover your windows with the perfect window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Your TV room may double as a family room, but you need to get the most from your television.  Of course, you need a covering that will adequately darken the room, so that you don’t get glare on your screen. It’s also nice if your coverings could adequately block outside sound.  And it definitely would be nice if you could find a covering that provides style even when you're not viewing the latest blockbuster.  

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 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 distracting sun and street lights.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades can effectively block out the sun. And with the right materials, you can make the room as black as you desire, so you can make a nice movie theater experience.

However, while different shades will darken a room, they don’t do a great job at directing outside light.  If you want the option to direct light also, you may want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters have the ability to adequately darken the room when the louvers are shut. However, sometimes you might need some outside light, so the room doesn’t seem so claustrophobic. With plantation shutters, you can let just a bit of light 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 

While ensuring that your home theater or media room has the right amount of darkness is important, don’t forget about the significance of sound.  Outside noise, such as children playing in the yard or a passing car, can distract you from what’s on the screen. Sounds from what you are watching should also be preserved, as dialog and music can become muddied when it reflects off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can keep the room dark, but they usually are too delicate to adequately stop outside sounds.  Blinds can have similar problems as they are usually loose around the sides. Drapes and curtains can muffle outside noise, but might also muffle your show’s sound and hinder you from having a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, on the other hand, can keep outside noise out and keep your shows sounding great.  If your street is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter probably will fit your needs. However, if you live in a community that has more ambient noise, like in a child-friendly area or on a busy street, you may want to use a quality faux wood shutter. Whatever covering you pick, make sure you arrange your surround sound after the treatments are up 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 easier to get, media rooms have begun to be seen as the main recreational area.  While they still are used for films, media rooms are used for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. Now, you will need a functional covering that looks stylish when it’s not in use.

When a cellular or roman shade is raised, they dissapear into the window sill.  This leaves your windows completely uncovered to let in heaps of natural light, but does nothing for privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be used as a general space, and not only as a space to watch movies. And since you can adjust each one to a variable amount of light, you can set aside a back area where people may want to visit or read. Everyone else can then not be disturbed on the main part of the room watching the film .

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 choose a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you use a general use media room, then plantation shutters could be best. Either way, your Sunburst representative can help you out.  Call 407-630-7011 and schedule your in-home consultation.