Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in Orlando

Todd Hansen

When you want shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver size should I get? What color of window treatments will fit best with my decor?

One choice you may not be familiar with is the option between a traditional front-mount tilt rod versus a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. We've outlined some pros and cons of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should consider a hidden tilt for your shutters in Orlando.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

No doubt you are acquainted with traditional plantation shutters with the tilt rod attached to the front of the window treatment. When you want to adjust the window treatment to let in more or less light, you just use the tilt rod and adjust it vertically to tilt the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a thin metal strip on the back of the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you slant one louver, all the louvers move at the same time.

Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the treatment to control how the louver’s tilt. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more prone to break and more difficult to fix, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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What Are the Pros of Rear-Mount and Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods can bring some benefits over traditional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Modern look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods look great with homes that have a modern or contemporary style because of their clean lines.

  2. Helps with thin or tiny windows - Hidden tilt rods are great for thin and tiny windows due to their unfussy look.

What Are Some Cons of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods may not work for you. Let’s look at a couple cons to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too minimalistic for some homeowners - Some people in Orlando like the familiar plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod shows more definition and prominence to your plantation shutters, versus plantation shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the design is more modern.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods can be simpler for some people to use. You simply hold onto the tilt rod and slant the louvers as much as you need, instead of having to tilt the louvers themselves.

Who Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat style of tilt rod you pick is often due to your taste and your home’s style. If you own a home with traditional decor, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. When your home is more sleek, you may consider rear-mounted tilt rods.

Things like pets or kids could also have a role in the rear-mount option. Some people in Orlando who own home-based daycares ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.

Looking For Help Choosing the Perfect Shutter For Your Family?

If you want to get shutters in Orlando but need some expert advice, contact your Sunburst rep at or send us the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll show you your shutter options - including your tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.