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Best Window Treatments for Media Rooms

The key to creating an effective media room that’s perfect for watching sports, movies, and playing video games is to reduce or eliminate light that can cast a glare on the screen. The best way to keep light out of your media room is to install room darkening/blackout window treatments.

While blinds are effective at reducing the amount of outside light in media rooms, shades work best due to the fact that they are one solid covering with no gaps that allow light leakage. With the right shades installed, you’ll not only be able to eliminate almost all outside light from casting a glare on your television or projector screen, but you’ll also have an added decorative touch in your media room.

1. Premium Roman Shades Group A

Our Premium Roman Shades Group A are highly effective at blocking light and adding beauty to your media room’s windows—particularly when the optional blackout liner is installed. These window coverings are available in 59 different colors, which means you’re sure to find the perfect match for your room color and décor.

2. Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades

If you need blackout shades that block as much light as possible, our Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades are perfect for you. Not only do these coverings come in 15 different colors, but they also block 99 percent of outside light, meaning your media room will stay dark and cool during daylight hours, providing you with glare-free viewing and gaming.

3. Deluxe Blackout Solar Shades

One of our newest offerings, the Deluxe Blackout Solar Shades give homeowners a movie theater experience. Available in seven colors, the solid and matte texture of these window treatments not only blends in effortlessly with almost any room décor, but they’re also extremely effective at blocking outdoor light, heat, and cold from entering your media room.

4. Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group A

For media rooms that don’t need to be completely blacked out, the Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades add a splash of character while still reducing the amount of ambient light and glare. In addition, these window coverings can also be equipped with a blackout liner to further reduce outside light from entering the room while increasing insulation.

5. Premium Roman Shades Group B

Sometimes it’s difficult to find the perfect window treatment color to match your furniture and other room décor. But with 73 available colors to choose from, the Premium Roman Shades Group B offer a huge variety of choices that are almost guaranteed to give you exactly what you want covering your media room windows. And with available cordless, top down/bottom up, and blackout liner options, these shades are every bit as versatile as they are decorative.

See all the above and more at Blindster.com

What are the Best Custom Window Treatments?

Our selection of blinds and shades seems so overwhelming at first! You can choose from horizontal blinds, cellular shades, bamboo shades, Roman shades, and so many more.

Then you can customize them with many features like:

•Cordless operation options
•No holes
•Weather resistance
•Room darkening/blackout

Wow, how exhausting! It’s hard to make a choice when you have so many decisions to make.

So to help you, we’ve compiled this list of some of our most popular blinds and shades, and their features. Once you see what other people like, then it’s easy to see what makes sense for your own home.

Some of Our Most Popular Blinds, Shades, and Features

Here they are, according to the number and strength of the reviews customers like you have given:

1. Deluxe Cordless Top Down/Bottom Up Cellular Shades
With more than 101 reviews and a 4 ½ (out of 5) star rating, these shades are far and away the most popular shade we offer. Their cordless feature makes them easy to operate and perfectly safe for homes with pets and children. Lower the top to let in light but maintain privacy or raise the bottom to open the shade completely. Customers love how simple they are to install – you can do that in just 5 minutes! And while all our blinds are affordable, these suit just about any budget well.

Deluxe Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades

2. 2” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds
With an astounding 282 reviews and a 4 ½ (out of 5) star rating, our faux wood blinds mesmerize many customers just like you. Just like our other blinds, they’re a cinch to install.
Reviewer “Drubino71” thinks they’re a “hit” because they’re better than vinyl blinds, and cost much less than anything comparable at Lowes or Home Depot. They have a great appearance that mimics real wood, and the durability and resistance to moisture that real wood does not have.
They also fit literally any budget, as their one of our most affordably priced options.
Plus, they’re easy to clean!

Top Feature Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular Honeycomb Shades

3. Top Feature: Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular (Honeycomb) Shades
With more than 92 reviews and a 4 ½ star (out of 5) rating, these shades make many customers happy.
What’s so great about them?

They’re awesome for insulating your home (they have an R-value of 4.6), and they block 99% of all UV light that attempts to enter! Like all other shades and blinds we sell, they’re a snap to install.

Customers adore their beautiful, non-woven, 100% polyester fabric appearance. No visible cord holes ensure maximum privacy. During the day, they tuck up nicely so you can get the view you want. They also fully comply with CPSC child safety standards – making them completely safe for your pets and children.

Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades 603

Those are some of our most popular blinds and shades – which of them works best for your individual needs?

Can You See Through Interior Solar Shades?

Wow, who’d have thought there’s so much to shades? Solar shades are yet another option for your home.

One of the most common questions we get about them is, “Can people see in your window if you have them?”

Before we answer that, let’s talk a little bit about solar shades first.

The Primary Benefit of Solar Shades

If you live in a sunny area, or if you just like the inside of your home a little darker, you probably already have some sort of window treatment for that purpose. But, the problem is they generally let in some light.

So if you’re in your living room or bedroom trying to watch TV, you get a little (maybe a lot) glare.

Then, let’s say you want to look outside. Now you have to adjust your blinds or shades so you can do that, which sacrifices some of your privacy.

Glare, privacy loss – kind of annoying, right?

Solar Shades Reduce Glare and Solar Heat While Preserving Your View Outside

Solar shades really work their best during the daytime. And like their name hints, they’re good at combatting the sun’s bright light and heat.

Solar shades have what you call an “openness factor.” It’s indicated in a percentage, and the lower the number, the more heat the solar shades reflect. You also get greater daytime privacy as the openness factor goes down.

The common percentage range is from 1-10%.

You also should know that different colors affect the performance of these shades in various ways. Darker colors, for example, absorb the sun’s infrared heat rather than reflecting it. As a result, you get a better view outside, but warmer temperatures inside your home. Darker fabric with a low openness factor also darkens your room quite a bit so you might need to turn on some lights to make up for that.

Naturally, light colors do the exact opposite. You get better daytime privacy and reflect more heat outside, which cools the interior of your home.

What if You Want Sunlight Blocked During the Day and Privacy at Night?

There is just such a solution for you. It is possible to install two, independently operating shades in one window that have different levels of protection.

During the day, you pull the solar shade. At night, you pull the privacy shade.

So Can People Outside See into Your Home?

Because solar shades are designed for light control and not privacy, they’re not that great at giving you privacy. During the day, you get a limited amount. At night, it’s very easy for people to see inside your home.

If privacy is your most important concern and you still want the benefits of solar shades, go with day/night shades.

And That is That!

So there you have it – the benefits and drawbacks of solar shades. If you’re considering them, now you can make an informed decision that works best for your personal needs.

You can find exactly what you want online or communicate it to a store associate at Blindster.com.