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

Tyson Williams

For some homeowners in San Diego, the home theater or media room is just not a hobby room, but one of the most important rooms you could use.  Your big screen 4K television serves as the definite focal point in the room.  The surround sound speaker system covers you in cinematic scores and rich dialog. 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 everything from your TV.  It goes without saying, you need a window treatment that will totally 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.  And finally, your window coverings should show some style even when you're not viewing the latest blockbuster.  

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

Your Window Treatments Should Make The Room Pitch Black

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 shut out distracting sun and street lights.  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 dim as you need, so you can make a real movie theater feeling.

However, while some shades will black out a room, they won’t meet your needs when the movie isn’t being watched.  If you want the option to direct light in addition to blacking out the sun, you will want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to completely block out outside light when you shut the louvers. But when the movie isn’t on you might want to let in some natural light, so the room doesn’t seem so stuffy. With plantation shutters, you can adjust how the light shines in, so all your shows aren’t always in darkness.  

Your Window Treatments Should Hinder Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Your window coverings should block out outside light, but don’t underestimate the significance of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children having fun in the yard or a neighbor dog barking, can disturb you from your viewing experience. What comes from your television should also be preserved, as your program’s sound can become distorted when it bounces off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can keep the room dark, but they can be a bit slim to adequately hinder outside sounds.  Blinds can have the same problem as they are open around the sides. Drapes and curtains can muffle outside noise, but might also dampen inside sound and stop 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 street is usually peaceful, any plantation shutter should work just fine. Then again if you live in an area that has more outside activity, like close to a playground or on a well-traveled street, you should use a heavier faux wood shutter. No matter what covering you pick, make sure you reposition your sound system after you install window treatments so that you get the most from your speakers.

The More Versatile 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 in vogue, media rooms have begun to function as the main recreational area.  Used for more than films, media rooms are used for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. In this instance, you will want a practical window treatment that looks sleek when it’s not in use.

When a cellular or roman shade is up, they almost disappear.  This leaves your windows bare enough , like the window treatment doesn’t exist, which may not be the best decision. Plantation shutters let your room be used as a general space, and not only as a movie room. And since you can adjust each one to a variable amount of light, you can deligate a corner table where friends or family may want to catch up or play a game. Others can then not be disturbed on the movie area catching the double feature .

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 choose a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you use a multi-purpose media room, then plantation shutters could be best. Whatever you choose, your Sunburst representative can show you all your options.  Call 760-405-8887 and schedule your in-home consultation.