Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in Philadelphia

Holly Perron

If you're shopping for shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I choose? What color of plantation shutters will fit best with my decor?

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. We've outlined some advantages and weaknesses of hidden tilt rods, and if you should pick a hidden tilt rod for your shutters in Philadelphia.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

You’re probably familiar with conventional plantation shutters where the louvers move via a center tilt rod. When you wish to adjust the shutters to allow 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 thin metal strip attached behind the louver that is hard to see from the front. When you move one louver, all the louvers move as one unit.

Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the shutters to control the louvers. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and more difficult to repair, which is why our shutters use hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods have a couple of perks over classic front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Contemporary look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods look great with windows that use a modern or contemporary design due to their minimalistic design.

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

What Are Some Problems of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t perfect. Here’s a list of a few drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too minimalistic for some homeowners - Some people in Philadelphia like the classic plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod front and center. The front tilt rod shows more shape and substance to your shutters, versus plantation shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the design is more streamlined.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods more user-friendly - Front-facing tilt rods may be easier for some people to work with. You can move the tilt rod and slant the shutters to open and close, in lieu in having to move the louvers themselves.

Who Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat type of tilt rod you choose is often due to your personal taste and your home’s style. When you have a conventionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. When your home is more sleek, you may consider rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to consider your families needs, like children and pets. Many people in Philadelphia who own home-based daycares inquire about 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 Perfect Shutter For Your Home?

If you want to get shutters in Philadelphia but need some assistance, contact your Sunburst rep at or complete the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll demonstrate all of your options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.