Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in Salt Lake City

Matt Thelander

If you're in the market for plantation shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Do I want real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver size should I get? What paint or stain on my window treatments will fit best with my home?

One choice you may not know about is the choice between a standard front-mount tilt rod versus a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some advantages and weaknesses of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should use a hidden tilt rod for your plantation shutters in Salt Lake City.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are aware of traditional plantation shutters where the louvers move with a center tilt rod. When you need to adjust the shutters to bring in more or less light, you just use the tilt rod and slide it up or down to shift 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 move one louver, every louver tilts as one unit.

Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the unit to control the louvers. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more prone to break and tough to replace, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Salt Lake City windowsWhite plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Salt Lake City 

 

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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods offer a few benefits over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods complement interiors that use a modern or contemporary design due to their clean lines.

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

What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods may not work for you. Here are some drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might seem too modern for some people - Some homeowners in Salt Lake City prefer the classic plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod front and center. The front tilt rod shows more definition and prominence to your shutters, versus plantation shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the feel is more modern.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods may be simpler for some homeowners to operate. You can grab a hold of the tilt rod and tilt the shutters as needed, instead of having to tilt the louvers themselves.

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

Corner shutters with hidden tilt rods 

What style of tilt rod you use is often due to your preference and your home’s style. If you live in a conventionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more contemporary, you might want to look at rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to consider other issues, like kids or pets. Some teachers in Salt Lake City who own child care from their home request hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child ripping off a front-mounted tilt rod.

Looking For Help Choosing the Perfect Plantation Shutter For Your Windows?

If you want to get shutters in Salt Lake City but need some guidance, contact your Sunburst rep at or fill out the form below to book a free in-home consultation. Our reps will bring samples and we’ll demonstrate all of your options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.