Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in Sacramento

Curtis Orton

If you're shopping for shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I pick? What paint or stain on my plantation shutters will look better with my style?

One option you may not be familiar with is the option between a standard front-mount tilt rod or a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some advantages and weaknesses of hidden tilt rods, and if you should consider a hidden tilt rod for your shutters in Sacramento.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are aware of traditional plantation shutters that use a center tilt rod on the front. When you need to adjust the plantation shutters to let in more or less light, you simply move the tilt rod and slide it up or down to slant the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip on the back of the louver that is hardly noticeable from the front. When you slant one louver, every louver tilts as well.

You may see a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the shutters to control how the louver’s tilt. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more prone to break and more difficult to repair, which is why we recommend 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 a few benefits over traditional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods work with interiors that have a modern or contemporary feel due to their streamlined shape.

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

What Are Some Cons of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t for everyone. Let’s look at some cons to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might seem too minimalistic for some homeowners - Some people in Sacramento like the familiar plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod gives more definition and prominence to your window treatments, versus shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the feel is more streamlined.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods can be simpler for some people to work with. You simply move the tilt rod and slant the shutters as needed, versus having to move the louvers themselves.

What Homeowners Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat type of tilt rod you pick is often due to your preference and your room’s decor. If you live in a traditionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. When your home is more sleek, you might want to look at rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to consider other issues, like kids or pets. We’ve had many people in Sacramento who run in-home daycares ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.

Looking For Help Choosing the Best Window Treatment For Your Home?

If you want to get shutters in Sacramento but need some guidance, contact your Sunburst rep at or fill out the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll walk you through a variety of shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.