The Perfect Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In San Jose

Curtis Orton

For many people in San Jose, the home theater or media room is just not a hobby room, but one of the most important rooms you use.  The whole room is focused on the oversized 4k television.  The sound system envelops you in cinematic scores and rich dialog. Now, you should install the best window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Your TV room may also be used as a family room, but you need to get everything from your TV.  Of course, you need a covering that will adequately block out light, so that you don’t have to deal with glare on your screen. It’s also nice if your window coverings could adequately block outside sound.  And it definitely would be nice if you could find a covering that provides 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 Block Out The Light

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you see a film in a home theater or media room, you want the room on the darker side.  The obvious choice are shades that blackout the outside world.  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 black as you need, so you can get a real movie theater feel.

However, as wonderful as cellular shades are at blocking outside light, they may not do a fantastic job at directing light.  If you need the opportunity to direct light as well, you may want to try plantation shutters. Shutters can completely block out outside light when they are closed. But when the movie isn’t on you might need some sunlight, so the room doesn’t seem so closed in. With plantation shutters, you can adjust how the light shines in, so every TV watching experience isn’t always in a dark theater.  

Your Window Treatments Should Block Out Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

While making sure your home theater or media room has plenty of darkness is the first priority, don’t overlook the importance of sound.  Outside noise, such as kids playing in the yard or a running lawn mower, can distract you from what’s on the screen. What comes from what you are watching should also be addressed, as dialog and music can become muffled when it hits your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can make the room dark, but they usually are a bit slim to adequately hinder outside commotion.  Blinds can have the same issues as they are open around the sides. Drapes and curtains will hinder outside noise, but might also dampen dialog from your TV and prevent you from enjoying a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, in contrast, block outside noise and keep inside sound pure.  If your yard is generally quiet, any plantation shutter probably will work just fine. But if you happen to be in a neighborhood that has more outside activity, like near a school or on a well-traveled street, you will probably want to use a quality faux wood shutter. No matter what treatment you decide on, make sure you reposition your surround sound after after your treatments are installed so that you you get quality sound from your speakers.

The More Versatile 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 bigger screen televisions become easier to get, media rooms have begun to become a multipurpose room.  No longer confined to films, media rooms can be a place for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. If you use your room for more than one purpose, you will need a functional window covering that looks sleek 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 completely uncovered , 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 movie room. And since shutters can easily adjust to direct as much light as you want, you can set aside a corner table where people may want to visit or play a game. The rest of the group can then not be disturbed on the couch watching the film .

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

If your media room doesn’t have many outside facing windows, then you may want to opt for a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you use a general use media room, then plantation shutters could be best. Any way you go, your Sunburst representative can help you out.  Call 916-542-1305 so you can schedule your in-home consultation.