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The Perfect Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Fort Myers

April 17, 2019

For some TV and movie lovers in Fort Myers, the home theater or media room is more than a niche, but one of the most important rooms you could use.  Your oversized 4K TV becomes the the focus in the room.  The sound system envelops you in cinematic scores and exciting sound effects. Now, you should install the most functional window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Even if your TV room is in a family or bonus room, you should get the most from your TV.  It goes without saying, you need a covering 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 adequately block outside sound.  And finally, your window treatments should show some style even when your movies aren’t playing.  

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

Your Window Treatments Should Keep The Room Pitch Black

Shutters in Theater Room

When you watch TV in a home theater or media room, you want the room free of outside light.  Your first instinct may veer to shades that shut out the outside world.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades can effectively keep the room dark. And as the shades cover the full window, you can get the room as dim as you want, where the screen is the center of attention.

However, while a cellular shade will get your room completely dark, they may not direct outside light other than blocking it out.  If you want the benefit of directing light also, you may want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters have the ability to completely block out outside light when you shut the louvers. However, sometimes you might need some natural light, so the space doesn’t seem so stuffy. With shutters, you can direct outside light, while still ensuring that you can watch television without a glare.  

Your Window Treatments Should Hinder Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv

While ensuring that your home theater or media room has plenty of darkness is priority number one, don’t underestimate the influence of sound.  Outside noise, such as children having fun in the yard or a neighbor dog barking, can disturb you from what you are watching. Music and dialog from what you are watching should also be preserved, as your program’s sound can become muddied when it hits your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can make the room dark, but they may be a bit slim to adequately stop outside sounds.  Blinds can have the same problem as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside sound, but might also distort dialog from your TV and hinder you from having a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, in contrast, block outside noise and keep your shows sounding great.  If your yard is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter can work just fine. Then again if you live in a community that has more ambient noise, like in a child-friendly area or on a busy street, you should use a heavier faux wood shutter. No matter what covering you decide on, make sure you set up your surround sound after the treatments are up so that you a full experience from your speakers.

The More Versatile 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 more in fashion, media rooms have begun to be seen as a multipurpose room.  While they still are used for movies, media rooms are used 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 not in use.

When a cellular or roman shade is raised, they dissapear into the window sill.  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 used as a utilitarian space, and not only as a home theater. And since you can adjust each one to direct as much light as you want, you can deligate a corner table where friends can catch up or do something else. The rest of the group can then not be disturbed on the couch catching the double feature .

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

If your home theater doesn’t have many outside windows, then you may want a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you use a general use media room, then plantation shutters are the way to go. Whatever you choose, your Sunburst representative can show you all your options.  Call 239-208-6577 today to schedule your in-home consultation.

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