Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in Phoenix

Greg Arnett

If you're shopping for shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver size should I pick? What paint or stain on my shutters will look better with my home?

One choice you may not know about is the choice between a standard front-mount tilt rod or a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. We've outlined some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and if you should use a hidden tilt for your plantation shutters in Phoenix.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

No doubt you are familiar with traditional plantation shutters with the tilt rod attached to the front of the window treatment. When you need to adjust the window treatment to allow more or less light, you simply use the tilt rod and slide it vertically to shift the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a thin metal strip attached behind the louver that is hardly noticeable from the front. When you slant one louver, the rest move as one unit.

Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the unit to control how the louver’s tilt. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and more difficult to replace, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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

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

  1. Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods look great with homes that have a modern or contemporary style because of their streamlined shape.

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

What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t perfect. Here are a couple cons to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too minimalistic for some homeowners - Many people in Phoenix like the classic plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod front and center. The front tilt rod gives more shape and substance to your shutters, versus shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the design is more streamlined.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods may be more user-friendly for some homeowners to work with. You can move the tilt rod and adjust the louvers to open and close, versus having to slant the louvers themselves.

Who Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat type of tilt rod you pick is often due to your personal taste and your room’s decor. When you own a traditionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. When your design scheme is more sleek, you might want to consider rear-mounted tilt rods.

Issues like children and pets could also be part of the rear-mount option. We’ve had many teachers in Phoenix who have child care from their home inquire about hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.

Need More Help Choosing the Perfect Shutter For Your Home?

If you want to get shutters in Phoenix but need some guidance, contact your Sunburst rep at or fill out the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll walk you through a variety of shutter options - including rear tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.