Best Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Salt Lake City04/17/2019Matt Thelander For some homeowners in Salt Lake City, the home theater or media room is more than a hobby room, but one of the most important rooms you use. The whole room faces the oversized 4k television. The sound system envelops you in dramatic scores and exciting sound effects. Now, it’s time to install the perfect window treatments for your home theater or media room experience. When your home theater is used as a family room, you should get the most from your television. It goes without saying, you need a shutter or shade that will completely black out the room, so that you don’t see glare on your screen. It’s also nice if your coverings could muffle outside sound. Lastly, 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 Coverings Should Keep The Room Dark 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 all outside light. Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will definitely block out the sun. And by using fabric or sold colors, you can get the room as dim as you want, so you can create that authentic movie theater feeling. However, as wonderful as cellular shades are at obscuring the sun, they won’t work very well when the movie isn’t in session. If you want the opportunity to direct light also, you may want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to completely block out outside light when the louvers are shut. But when the movie isn’t on you might need some natural light, so the room doesn’t seem so closed in. With plantation shutters, you can let just a bit of light in, so every TV watching experience isn’t always in pitch blackness. Your Window Treatments Should Block Out Sound Yes, your home theater or media room should block out light, but don’t forget about the influence of sound. Outside noise, such as neighborhood children playing in the yard or a passing car, can disturb you from your viewing experience. Music and dialog from your television should also be preserved, as dialog and music can become muffled when it bounces off your window’s glass panes. Cellular shades can do a great job keeping the room dark, but they may be too delicate to adequately hinder outside noise. Blinds can have similar problems as they are usually loose around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside annoyances, but might also muffle dialog from your TV and hinder you from having a true surround-sound experience. Plantation shutters, on the other hand, block outside noise and keep your movies sounding great. If your neighborhood is usually peaceful, any plantation shutter can fulfill the purpose. But if you reside in an area that has more outside activity, like close to a playground or on a well-traveled street, you may want to use a heavier faux wood shutter. Whatever covering you choose, make sure you set up your surround sound after the treatments are up so that you get the most from your speakers. The More Uses Of Your Media Room, The More Versatile The Window Treatment photo courtesy of Kathy at The Daily Nest As bigger screen televisions become easier to get, media rooms have started to become a second family room. No longer confined to movies and television, media rooms are also a room for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. Now, you will need a functional window treatment that looks stylish when it’s the room is being used for other purposes. When a cellular or roman shade is raised, they almost disappear. This leaves your windows bare enough , letting in 100% sunlight, which may not be the best decision. Plantation shutters let your room be used as a utilitarian space, and not only as a space to watch movies. And since you can adjust each one to a variable amount of light, you can designate a back area where people may want to catch up or play a game. Everyone else can then not be disturbed on the couch catching the double feature . Which Window Treatment For Your Home Theater Or Media Room Works For You? If your home theater doesn’t have many outside windows, then you may want a cellular, roman or roller shade. If you have a multi-purpose media room, then plantation shutters are the way to go. Whatever you choose, your Sunburst representative can show you all your options. Call 801-515-3598 and schedule your in-home consultation.