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

April 17, 2019

For some homeowners in Fort Lauderdale, the home theater or media room is just not a hobby room, but one of the most used rooms you could use.  You position your seats in the right positions so that all seats can see the oversized 4K screen television without any obstruction.  The sound system envelops you in dramatic scores and rich dialog. Now, it’s time to put up the best window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

When your home theater or media room is used as a gathering place, you still want to get the most 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 helpful if your window treatments could muffle outside sound.  As an added bonus, your coverings should keep 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 Coverings Should Make The Room Pitch Black

Shutters in Theater Room

When you watch a movie in a home theater or media room, you want the room on the darker side.  You may want to start with shades that shut out the outside world.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will keep the sun out. And as the shades cover the full window, you can get the room as dark as you need, where the screen is the star attraction.

However, while cellular, roller, and Roman shades will effectively dim a room, they won’t do a fantastic job at directing outside light.  If you wish to have the benefit of directing light also, you should look at plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to completely block out outside light when they are closed. However, sometimes you might want to let in some outside light, so the room doesn’t seem so claustrophobic. With shutters, you can let just a bit of light in, while still ensuring that you can view the television screen without a glare.  

Your Window Treatments Should Hinder 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 underestimate the importance of sound.  Outside noise, such as children playing in the yard or a running lawn mower, can disturb you from what you are watching. Sounds from your films and TV programs should also be preserved, as your program’s sound can become muffled when it reflects off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can make the room dark, but they usually are too delicate to adequately block out commotion.  Blinds can have similar problems as they are open around the sides. Drapes and curtains can muffle outside noise, but might also muffle your show’s sound and hinder you from enjoying a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, as designed, block outside noise and keep your movies sounding great.  If your street is usually peaceful, any plantation shutter can fulfill the purpose. But if you reside in a community that has more outside activity, like in a child-friendly area or on a well-traveled street, you should use a quality faux wood shutter. Whatever treatment you decide on, make sure you arrange your surround sound after you install window treatments 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 more in fashion, media rooms have started to be seen as the main recreational area.  While they still are used for movies and television, media rooms are used for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. In this instance, you will need a practical 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 dissapear into the window sill.  This leaves your windows completely uncovered , letting in 100% sunlight, but does nothing for privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a utilitarian space, and not only as a space to watch movies. And since you can adjust each one to direct as much light as you want, you can designate a back area where friends or family can catch up or do something else. Everyone else can then sit in the main part of the room enjoying the movie .

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

If your home theater doesn’t have a lot of outside windows, then you may want to opt for a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you use a multi-use media room, then plantation shutters are the way to go. Either way, your Sunburst representative can assist.  Call 561-440-8535 today to schedule your in-home consultation.

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