Best Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Chicago

Richard Rampton

For some TV and movie lovers in Chicago, the home theater or media room is just not a hobby room, but one of the most used rooms in the house.  The entire room faces the oversized 4k television.  The state-of-the-art speakers envelops you in cinematic scores and rich dialog. Now, you need 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 family room, you still want to get the most from your television.  Of course, you need a covering that will adequately darken the room, so that you don’t have to deal with glare on your screen. It’s also nice if your coverings could adequately block outside sound.  Last but not least, your window coverings should show some style even when the TV is off.  

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

Your Window Treatments Should Keep The Room Dark

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you watch a movie in a home theater or media room, you want the room on the darker side.  The obvious choice are shades that blackout distracting sun and street lights.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will keep the room dark. And as the shades cover the full window, you can get the room as dim as you want, where the television is the center of attention.

However, while different shades will effectively dim a room, they don’t do a fantastic job at directing outside light.  If you need the option to direct light in addition to blacking out the sun, you should consider plantation shutters. Shutters have the ability to shroud the room in complete darkness when the louvers are shut. But there are times you might want to let in some natural light, so the room doesn’t seem so closed in. With plantation shutters, you can let just a bit of light in, while making sure that you can view the television screen without a glare.  

Your Window Treatments Should Block Out Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Yes, your home theater or media room should block out light, but don’t underestimate the significance of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children playing 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 keep the room dark, but they can be too thin to adequately block out sounds.  Blinds can have the same issues as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains will hinder outside noise, but might also distort inside sound and stop you from enjoying a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, on the other hand, can keep outside noise out and keep inside sound great.  If your yard is generally quiet, any plantation shutter probably will fit your needs. But if you reside in a neighborhood that has more ambient noise, like near a school or on a busy street, you should use a heavier faux wood shutter. No matter what shutter you choose, make sure you arrange your sound system after after your treatments are installed so that you get the most from your speakers.

The More Uses Of 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 larger screen televisions become more in fashion, media rooms have begun to become a second family room.  Used for more than films, media rooms can be a place for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. In this instance, you will want a practical window covering that looks great when it’s the room is being used for other purposes.

When a cellular or roman shade is up, they dissapear into the window sill.  This leaves your windows open to let in heaps of natural light, but does nothing for privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be utilized as a utilitarian space, and not just as a home theater. And since you can adjust each one as much as you need, you can designate a corner table where friends or family may want to catch up or play a game. The rest of the group can then sit in the main part of the room 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 facing windows, then you may choose a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you prefer multi-purpose media room, then plantation shutters are the way to go. Either way, your Sunburst representative can help you out.  Call 847-250-6544 so you can schedule your in-home consultation.