Best Window Treatments for Home Theaters – Reduce Glare
“Creating a home theater doesn’t require swathes of red velvet or a dedicated windowless room, but take some cues from rooms that do sport these features."
The days are growing shorter. The air has started to cool. Fall is almost here! And while many of us are sad to see summer go, fall brings with it some pretty exciting prospects – beautiful foliage, cozy fires, pumpkin spice everything, and, of course, who could forget football season and the fall TV premieres? Fall is the perfect time to grab a warm blanket, curl up on the couch, and watch your favorite programing, whether it be the The Walking Dead or the revival of Will & Grace. So, it is important to ensure your media room or home theater is up to snuff.
Everyone knows the cornerstone of any great media room is a great television (or projector). In the short Disney film “How to Hook Up Your Home Theater,” everyone’s favorite disembodied narrator tells Goofy that “Selecting the proper television is of utmost importance, and there are many models from which to choose.” Other pretty obvious areas of great importance include the sound system and comfy seating. These tend to be the three areas that most homeowners focus on. However, if your home theater has windows, there is another very important area to take into consideration – window treatments.
“Windows are a double bugaboo,” writes John Riha of DIY Network. “They’re hard surfaces that reflect sound-causing audio distortion, and they admit light that can produce reflections on your viewing surface.”
Selecting the Right Window Treatments
“Creating a home theater doesn’t require swathes of red velvet or a dedicated windowless room, but take some cues from rooms that do sport these features,” says Robert Bliss of Bliss Home Theaters & Automation, Inc in California. Blocking light and limiting external sounds are key when creating the ideal viewing space.
Our Recommendation: “Opt for blackout-style window treatments that track tight against window jambs to seal out light,” says Riha. According to the National Sleep Foundation, blackout shades are the ideal way to eliminate “outside light (and even some sound).” When installed using an outside mount, these window treatments create a cave-like effect, blocking light and giving you that movie theater feel from the comfort of your own home.
Here at Next Day Blinds, we carry several shades that are perfect for creating in-home theaters:
- Blackout Roller Shades feature fabric fused with a white backing to block light and provide maximum privacy.
- Blackout Honeycomb Shades are lined with Mylar® to block nearly all exterior light. These energy efficient shades provide maximum privacy.
- Ultra Room Darkening Blinds feature hidden routing holes and increased slat overlap to block more light when the blinds are closed.
And with fall right around the corner, Blackout Honeycombs Shades may be your best option. Not only will these window treatments block incoming light, but they also offer tremendous insulation. The unique construction of honeycomb shades helps it to serve as an energy-saving window treatment. The construction produces insulating air pockets and provides increased energy efficiency throughout the shade. The style of shade will determine the amount of energy efficiency you can receive, but honeycomb shades can help to reduce heat transfer through a window by as much as 55-65%.
“Cellular shades [Honeycomb Shades] are one of the most versatile window treatments available today,” says interior decorator Margaret Ryall.