Home theaters are getting more and more sophisticated, with better and bigger screens, high-quality sound systems and even chairs made specifically for media. To have a great home theater experience, there is one low-tech issue that must be taken care of - glare. For a true cinematic experience, home theater blackout window treatments are a must.
Where room darkening can improve the performance of a flat screen or any home media, for the best experience, the room must either be dark, or have very limited light from lighting that is made specifically for this purpose. Light from the window just won't do.
Media room blackout is fairly easy to achieve these days. With the variety of room blackout blinds available, there are really only a few things to consider.
The first is to ensure that you're looking at true blackout vs. room darkening. We've assembled the right products on this page and on the 'blackout' page (listed in the 'feature' section), so this should be easy. Beware, however, that some retailers list roller shades as blackout because the material blocks light - however there is a large gap on both sides of the shade due to the way the mechanism attaches (even a properly-fitting roller shade has this). Roller shades allow significant light leakage when installed inside a window frame, and 'over-the-window' mounting only mitigates the problem and can look like the shade is simply the wrong size. Roller shades are usually not a good solution for home theater blackout.
After that, the only trick to a successful home theater blackout is in having a shade that perfectly fits your window to prevent light seepage around the edges of the window. Buying custom-cut blinds and measuring properly is the simple way to ensure great results. It's easy, and you can watch our videos on measuring or give us a call. Even standard window sizes have varying sized openings, so we advise to measure every window. Buying custom in the only way to ensure a proper fit and a true blackout.