When looking at plantation shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I choose? What color of window treatments will fit best with my decor?
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. Here are some pros and cons of hidden tilt rods, and if you should consider them for your plantation shutters in Indianapolis.
What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?
Most people are acquainted with conventional plantation shutters where the louvers move via a center tilt rod. When you want to adjust the plantation shutters to bring in more or less light, you simply hold the tilt rod and slide it vertically to slant the louvers.
A rear-mount tilt rod is a thin metal strip attached behind the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you move one louver, the rest move as well.
Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the treatment to control the louvers’ movement. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and tough 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 advantages over classic front-mounted tilt rods.
Clean look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods complement interiors that use a modern or contemporary feel because of their streamlined shape.
Helps with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may want shutters with hidden tilt rods due to their clean look.
What Are Some Cons of Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t perfect. Here are a couple drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.
Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods might seem 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 provides more definition and prominence to your plantation shutters, versus plantation shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the feel is more streamlined.
Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods can be simpler for some homeowners to operate. You can grab a hold of 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?
What style of tilt rod you pick is often due to your personal taste and your home’s style. When you live in a conventionally designed home, we advise front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more modern, you could look at rear-mounted tilt rods.
Another variable is how exciting your house is with kids and pets. We’ve had many teachers in Indianapolis who own child care from their home inquire about hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child ripping off a front-mounted tilt rod.
Need More Help Choosing the Best Shutter For Your Windows?
If you want to get shutters in Indianapolis but need some assistance, contact your Sunburst rep at 317-558-9066 or complete the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll demonstrate a variety of shutter options - including your tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.