The Perfect Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Fort Myers04/17/2019Charlie Cole and Brady Parker 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 inclusive rooms in the house. You position your furniture just right so that all seats can view the oversized 4K screen TV without any obstruction. The sound system envelops you in dramatic 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 an all purpose room, you should get the most from your TV. It goes without saying, you need a covering that will completely black out the room, so that you don’t see glare on your screen. It’s also helpful if your window treatments could muffle outside sound. And it probably would be nice when you find a covering that shows 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 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 will definitely keep the room dark. And as the shades cover the full window, you can get the room as dim as you want, where the movie is the main focal point. However, while a cellular shade will get your room pitch black, they may not do a great job at directing light. If you want the benefit of directing light as well, you may want to consider plantation shutters. Shutters have the ability to completely block out outside light when you shut the louvers. However, sometimes you might want 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 While ensuring that your home theater or media room has plenty of darkness is priority number one, don’t overlook the influence of sound. Outside noise, such as children having fun in the yard or a neighbor dog barking, can distract you from what you are watching. Music and dialog from your television 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 too thin to adequately stop outside sounds. Blinds can have similar problems as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside sound, but might also distort inside sound and hinder you from hearing a true surround-sound experience. Plantation shutters, in contrast, can keep outside noise out and keep your shows sounding great. If your neighborhood is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter can fit your needs. Then again if you reside 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 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 and television, 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 window treatment 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 utilized as a utilitarian space, and not only as a space to watch movies. And since shutters can easily adjust to direct as much light as you want, you can deligate a side couch where people can catch up or play a game. Everyone else can then not be disturbed on the main part of the room catching the double feature . 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 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 and schedule your in-home consultation.