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

Holly Perron

For some homeowners in Philadelphia, 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 around the room so that every seat can watch the huge high-resolution television without any obstruction.  The sound system covers you in cinematic scores and rich dialog. Now, it’s time to install the perfect window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Your home theater may be part of a family room, but you still want to get everything from your television.  It goes without saying, you need a covering that will totally black out the room, so that you don’t have to deal with glare on your screen. It’s also helpful if your window coverings could muffle outside sound.  Last but not least, your window coverings should show some 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 Treatments Should Completely Close Off The Light

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you see a film in a home theater or media room, you want the room as dark as possible.  The obvious choice are shades that blackout the outside world.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will keep the room dark. And as the shades cover the full window, you can get the room as dark as you desire, so you can make a nice movie theater feeling.

However, while the right shade will make your room pitch black, they may not do a great job at directing sunlight.  If you want the opportunity to direct light also, you will want to try plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to completely block out outside light when you shut the louvers. However, sometimes you might want some sunlight, so the space doesn’t seem so stuffy. With shutters, you can direct outside light, so all your shows aren’t always in darkness.  

Your Window Treatments Should Dampen Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Your window treatments should black out outside light, but don’t forget about the importance of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children playing in the yard or a running lawn mower, can distract you from what’s on the screen. Sounds from what you are watching should also be protected, as your program’s sound can become muffled when it hits your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can keep the room dark, but they may be too delicate to adequately block out sounds.  Blinds can have the same issues as they are usually loose around the sides. Drapes and curtains can muffle outside sound, but might also dampen your show’s sound and hinder you from hearing a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, as designed, can keep outside noise out and keep inside sound great.  If your yard is generally quiet, any plantation shutter probably will fulfill the purpose. But if you reside in an area that has more ambient noise, like close to a playground or on a busy street, you should use a denser faux wood shutter. No matter what covering you pick, make sure you arrange your surround sound after after your treatments are installed so that you get the most from your speakers.

The More Functional 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 50” - 72” inch televisions become in vogue, media rooms have started to become a multipurpose room.  Used for more than films, 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 functional covering that looks sleek 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 open to let in heaps of natural light, which may not be the best decision. Plantation shutters let your room be used as a general space, and not just as a movie room. And since shutters can easily adjust to a variable amount of light, you can designate a corner table where friends might opt to talk or read. Others can then not be disturbed on the main part of the room enjoying the movie .

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

If your home theater doesn’t have many outside facing windows, then you may want a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you prefer multi-purpose media room, then plantation shutters may be the best option. Whatever you choose, your Sunburst representative can show you all your options.  Call 215-874-4897 so you can schedule your in-home consultation.