Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods On Your Plantation Shutters in Indianapolis

Bill Burke

Before you choose your shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I get? What color of 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 and a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. We've outlined some pros and cons of hidden tilt rods, and if you should consider a hidden tilt rod for your plantation shutters in Indianapolis.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are familiar with conventional plantation shutters with the tilt rod attached to the front of the window treatment. When you want to adjust the shutters to bring in more or less light, you simply hold the tilt rod and adjust it vertically to tilt the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a fine metal strip attached behind the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you move one louver, all the louvers move as one unit.

Some shutters have a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the treatment to control the louvers’ movement. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and tough to repair, which is why we recommend hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Indianapolis windowsPlantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Indianapolis 


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods can bring a few advantages over classic front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Clean look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods complement interiors that use a modern or contemporary feel because of their streamlined shape.

  2. Helps with thin or tiny windows - Hidden tilt rods are great 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 perfect. Here’s a list of a couple drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too modern for some people - Many homeowners in Indianapolis like the familiar plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod shows more definition and prominence to your plantation shutters, versus plantation shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the feel is more modern.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods more user-friendly - Front-facing tilt rods can be easier for some homeowners to use. You can hold onto the tilt rod and adjust the shutters to open and close, instead of having to slant the louvers themselves.

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

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

Issues like children and pets could also have a role in the rear-mount option. We’ve had many customers in Indianapolis who run child care from their home ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child breaking a front-mounted tilt rod.

Need More Help Picking the Best Plantation Shutter For Your Home?

If you want to get shutters in Indianapolis but need some guidance, contact your Sunburst rep at or fill out the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. When we come, we’ll demonstrate a variety of shutter options - including your tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.