Before you choose your plantation shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I pick? What paint or stain on my plantation shutters will work best with my style?
One option you may not know about 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 use them for your shutters in Sacramento.
What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?
You’re probably aware of classic plantation shutters with the tilt rod attached to the front of the shutter. When you need to adjust the shutters to let in more or less light, you simply move the tilt rod and slide it up or down to tilt the louvers.
A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip attached behind the louver that is hardly noticeable from the front. When you slant one louver, every louver tilts as one unit.
You may see a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the treatment to control the louvers’ movement. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more fragile and harder to fix, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.
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.
Modern look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods complement interiors that have a modern or contemporary feel due to their streamlined shape.
Helps with thin or tiny windows - If your windows look thin or tiny, then hidden tilt rods can be the perfect option 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 a few cons to hidden tilt rods.
Shutters with hidden tilt rods may look 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 plantation shutters, versus shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the feel is more streamlined.
Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods more user-friendly - Front-facing tilt rods can be easier for some people to work with. You just move the tilt rod and slant the shutters as needed, instead of having to tilt the louvers themselves.
What Homeowners Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?
What type of tilt rod you pick is often due to your personal taste and your home’s style. If you live in a traditionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. When your rooms are more sleek, you might want to look at rear-mounted tilt rods.
Another thing to think about is how hectic your home is with children or pets. We’ve had many people in Sacramento who run home-based 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 Picking the Best Window Treatment For Your Home?
If you want to get shutters in Sacramento but need some guidance, contact your Sunburst rep at 916-250-0758 or fill out the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll show you a variety of shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.