If you have plans to install a new home theater or update an existing one, you may want to look into home theater curtains for your entertainment space. Home theater curtains are available in a wide range of styles and pricing tiers, from sets that hint at the glamour of classic movie houses to more utilitarian versions that simply do the work of canceling out light and noise so guests can enjoy the show. Individual curtains or sets are available from many home theater specialty retailers, both online and in-store, as well as from many big box stores with home theater departments. There's also the option of shopping for vintage or antique home theater curtains, from online or brick and mortar theater supply or antique stores.
Home theater curtains serve two main purposes: to cancel out light and/or noise within your home theater, and to provide an attractive decorative touch within your entertainment space. Many home theater enthusiasts choose to recreate a movie-house feel within their home theater. These more thematic spaces often feature a projection screen or large screen TV that's covered and protected by cinema-style curtains. This classic style of home theater curtain is available from many specialty retailers; however, a DIY approach isn't out of the question if you want to give your home theater that personal touch. There are several online resources for creating DIY home theater curtains, with instructions on recommended materials, sewing and embroidery.
Home theaters are meant to be self-contained spaces where guests can focus totally on the action on the screen without any distractions. This means they need to be soundproofed, so that noises from other areas of the home won't disturb the viewing experience. It also means that they need to regulate the type and amount of light in the room at all times, conveniently and efficiently. Home theater curtains can contribute to both of these requirements for entertainment spaces. First, they perform noise canceling duties (often in concert with in-wall noise-proofing), so that a running shower or dishwasher won't be what guests remember most about that climactic scene. Secondly, home theater curtains can function as black-out shades entertainment spaces with windows that would otherwise let in light that could cause screen glare or cast shadows.
Finally, home theater curtains provide one more essential function—they can potentially protect what's arguably the home theater's most important feature: the screen. By keeping dust, scratches and other imperfections off a big screen TV or projection screen, home theater curtains can both improve the quality of the viewing experience and potentially extend the life of your electronics setup.
See Also: Planning Your Own Home Theater
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