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

Tyler Jorgensen

For many people in Austin, the home theater or media room is just not a specialty room, but one of the most inclusive rooms you use.  You place your furniture just right so that every seat can watch the big screen television without straining their necks.  The surround sound speaker system covers you in cinematic scores and exciting sound effects. Now, you need to install 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.  Nevertheless, you need a window treatment that will adequately black out the room, so that you don’t get glare on your screen. It’s also nice if your window treatments could muffle outside sound.  And it definitely would be wonderful for you to find a covering that provides style even when you're not viewing the latest blockbuster.  

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

Your Window Coverings Should Keep The Room Pitch Black

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you see a film in a home theater or media room, you want the room as dark as possible.  You may want to start with shades that block distracting sun and street lights.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will definitely 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 get a nice movie theater feeling.

However, as good as cellular shades are at blocking the sun, they may not direct sunlight around the room.  If you need the opportunity to direct light in addition to blacking out the sun, you should try plantation shutters. Shutters have the ability to completely block out outside light when they are closed. However, sometimes you might want some natural light, so the space doesn’t seem so claustrophobic. With these window treatments, you can let just a bit of light in, while making sure that you can watch television without a glare.  

Your Window Treatments Should Block Out Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Your window coverings should black out outside light, but don’t overlook the significance of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children playing in the yard or a neighbor dog barking, can disturb you from what you are watching. What comes from what you are watching should also be addressed, 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 thin to adequately stop outside noise.  Blinds can have the same problem as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains will hinder outside sound, but might also dampen your show’s sound and stop you from having a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, as designed, block outside noise and keep inside sound great.  If your yard is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter can fulfill the purpose. However, if you happen to be in a community that has more traffic or children, like in a child-friendly area or on a popular street, you may want to use a denser faux wood shutter. No matter what shutter you pick, make sure you set up your surround sound after the treatments are up so that you get the most from your speakers.

The More Uses Of Your Media Room, The More Functional The Window Treatment

Bedroom with shutters and oar over tv photo courtesy of Kathy at The Daily Nest

As larger screen televisions become in vogue, media rooms have begun to be seen as a second family room.  No longer confined to movies and television, media rooms are also a room for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. Now, you will want a practical covering that looks sleek when it’s the room is being used for other purposes.

When a cellular or roman shade is raised, they the roll completely up.  This leaves your windows completely uncovered to let in heaps of natural light, but won’t help privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be utilized as a utilitarian space, and not just as a space to watch movies. And since you can open or close shutters as much as you need, you can set aside a side couch where people can visit or read. Others can then not be disturbed on the movie area watching the film .

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

If your home theater or media room doesn’t have many outside windows, then you may want to opt for a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you use a general use media room, then plantation shutters may be the best option. Any way you go, your Sunburst representative can show you all your options.  Call 512-549-6077 so you can schedule your in-home consultation.