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

George Christ

For some homeowners in Minneapolis, the home theater or media room is more than a hobby room, but one of the most used rooms you could use.  Your large 4K television is the the focus in the room.  The surround sound speaker system envelops you in award-winning scores and exciting sound effects. Now, you should put up the best window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Your media room may also be used as a family room, but you should get the most from your TV.  Of course, you need a shutter or shade that will adequately black out the room, so that you don’t have to deal with glare on your screen. It’s also helpful if your coverings could completely dampen outside sound.  And it probably would be nice when you find a window treatment that give you 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 Make The Room Dark

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you watch a movie in a home theater or media room, you want the room as dark as possible.  You may want to start with shades that blackout the outside world.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will keep the sun out. And with the right materials, you can have the room as dim as you want, where the movie is the center of attention.

However, as wonderful as cellular shades are at blocking the sun, they don’t direct outside light other than blocking it out.  If you wish to have the option to direct light as well, you will want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters can completely block out outside light when you shut the louvers. However, sometimes you might want some natural light, so the room doesn’t seem so claustrophobic. With plantation shutters, you can adjust how the light shines in, while still ensuring that you can watch television without a glare.  

Your Window Treatments Should Dampen Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

No doubt about it, your home theater or media room should block out light, but don’t underestimate the significance of sound.  Outside noise, such as children horsing around in the yard or a neighbor dog barking, can disturb you from your viewing experience. Sounds from what you are watching should also be addressed, as dialog and music can become distorted when it reflects off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can make the room dark, but they may be a bit slim to adequately hinder outside noise.  Blinds can have the same issues as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside annoyances, but might also distort inside sound and prevent you from hearing a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, in contrast, can keep outside noise out and keep your movies sounding pure.  If your street is generally quiet, any plantation shutter can fulfill the purpose. But if you reside in a community that has more traffic or children, like in a child-friendly area or on a popular street, you will probably want to use a quality faux wood shutter. No matter what covering you choose, make sure you reposition your sound system after after your treatments are installed so that you a full experience 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 larger screen televisions become easier to get, media rooms have started to be seen as a second family room.  No longer confined to movies, media rooms are used for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. In this instance, you will want a practical window treatment that looks sleek when it’s the room is being used for other purposes.

When a cellular or roman shade is up, they the roll completely up.  This leaves your windows open to let in heaps of natural light, but does nothing for privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be utilized as a multi-purpose space, and not only as a movie room. And since you can open or close shutters to a variable amount of light, you can deligate a side couch where friends may want to visit or play a game. Everyone else can then sit in darkness on the movie area enjoying the movie .

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

If your home theater doesn’t have a lot of outside facing windows, then you may choose a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you have a multi-purpose media room, then plantation shutters may be the best option. Either way, your Sunburst representative can show you all your options.  Call 952-856-8130 today to schedule your in-home consultation.