Best Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Phoenix

Greg Arnett

For some TV and movie lovers in Phoenix, the home theater or media room is just not a hobby room, but one of the most inclusive rooms in the house.  You position your seats just right so that every seat can watch the huge high-resolution television without any problems.  The state-of-the-art speakers envelops you in dramatic scores and exciting sound effects. Now, it’s time to install the most functional window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

When your media room is used as a family room, you need to get the most from your TV.  Nevertheless, you need a window treatment that will completely darken the room, so that you don’t have to deal with glare on your screen. An added benefit would be if your coverings could muffle outside sound.  And it definitely would be wonderful if you could find a window treatment that shows 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 Completely Close Off The Light

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you see a film 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 keep the room dark. And as the shades cover the full window, you can get the room as dim as you desire, so you can get a real movie theater feel.

However, while different shades will darken a room, they don’t do a great job at directing light.  If you wish to have the opportunity to direct light in addition to blacking out the sun, you may want to try plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to shroud the room in complete darkness when you shut the louvers. However, sometimes you might want some sunlight, so the space doesn’t seem so closed in. With these window treatments, you can let just a bit of light in, so family and friends will still gather when the movie ends.  

Your Window Treatments Should Hinder Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Your window coverings should black out sun glare, but don’t overlook the significance of sound.  Outside noise, such as kids playing in the yard or a passing car, can divert you from what’s on the screen. Sounds from your films and TV programs should also be addressed, as your program’s sound can become muffled when it hits your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can make the room dark, but they can be a bit slim to adequately block out sounds.  Blinds can have the same problem as they are open around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside sound, but might also distort your show’s sound and prevent you from having a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, on the other hand, can keep outside noise out and keep inside sound great.  If your neighborhood is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter probably will work just fine. Then again if you happen to be in an area that has more outside activity, like close to a playground or on a well-traveled street, you should use a denser faux wood shutter. No matter what covering you choose, make sure you arrange your sound system after the treatments are up so that you get the most from your speakers.

The More Functional Your Media Room, The More Versatile The Window Treatment

Bedroom with shutters and oar over tv photo courtesy of Kathy at The Daily Nest

As bigger screen televisions become in vogue, media rooms have started to function as the main recreational area.  No longer confined to movies, 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 want a practical window treatment 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 bare enough , like the window treatment doesn’t exist, and you lose privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a multi-purpose space, and not only 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 might opt to visit or read. Others can then sit in darkness on the couch enjoying the movie .

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 choose a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you have a general use media room, then plantation shutters may be the best option. Any way you go, your Sunburst representative can assist.  Call 480-485-7743 so you can schedule your in-home consultation.