Best Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Boise

Spencer Madsen

For some TV and movie lovers in Boise, the home theater or media room is more than a specialty room, but one of the most inclusive rooms in the house.  The whole room is focused on the oversized 4k TV.  The surround sound speaker system envelops you in dramatic 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 media room is used as a family room, you should get the most from your TV.  It goes without saying, you need a window treatment that will completely darken the room, so that you don’t get glare on your screen. It’s also helpful if your window coverings could completely dampen outside sound.  Lastly, your window coverings should show some 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 Coverings Should Completely Close Off The Light

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you watch TV in a home theater or media room, you want the room as dark as possible.  Your first instinct may veer to shades that block all outside light.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades can effectively keep the room dark. And by using fabric or sold colors, you can make the room as dark as you need, where the television is the star attraction.

However, while the right kind of shade will make your room movie theater dark, they don’t direct sunlight around the room.  If you need the option to direct light also, you may want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters have the ability to completely block out outside light when they are closed. But when the movie isn’t on you might want some sunlight, so the room doesn’t seem so stuffy. With shutters, you can direct outside light, while making sure that you can see the TV without a glare.  

Your Window Treatments Should Dampen Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Your window coverings should block out sun glare, but don’t underestimate the significance of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children playing in the yard or a neighbor dog barking, can disturb you from your viewing experience. Sounds from what you are watching should also be preserved, 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 usually are too delicate to adequately stop outside sounds.  Blinds can have the same issues as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside noise, but might also dampen your show’s sound and prevent you from having a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, on the other hand, block outside noise and keep inside sound nice.  If your neighborhood is usually peaceful, any plantation shutter should fulfill the purpose. But if you reside in an area that has more traffic or children, like close to a playground or on a popular street, you will probably want to use a quality faux wood shutter. Whatever treatment you pick, make sure you reposition your sound system after after your treatments are installed so that you get the most from your speakers.

The More Functional 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 50” - 72” inch televisions become in vogue, media rooms have begun to be seen as the main recreational area.  Used for more than movies, media rooms are also a room for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. In this instance, you will want a practical covering that looks great when it’s not in use.

When a cellular or roman shade is raised, they the roll completely up.  This leaves your windows bare enough , 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 only as a movie room. And since shutters can easily adjust as much as you need, you can deligate a back area where friends might opt to talk or play a game. The rest of the group can then sit in the movie area enjoying the movie .

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

If your media room doesn’t have a lot of outside facing windows, then you may want a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you have a general use media room, then plantation shutters could be best. Whatever you choose, your Sunburst representative can show you all your options.  Call 208-609-9129 today to schedule your in-home consultation.