Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in Tampa

Eric Ramsey

Before you buy your plantation shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I want real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I choose? What color of shutters will look better with my decor?

One option you may not be aware of is the decision between a normal front-mount tilt rod and a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some pros and cons of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should consider a hidden tilt for your plantation shutters in Tampa.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are aware of classic plantation shutters that use a center tilt rod on the front. When you wish to adjust the shutters to bring in 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 on the far side of the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you slant one louver, all the louvers move as one unit.

You may see a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the treatment to control how the louver’s tilt. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more fragile and more difficult to fix, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods offer some advantages over classic front-mounted tilt rods.

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

  2. Helps with thin or tiny windows - If your windows happen to be thin or tiny, then hidden tilt rods can be the perfect option due to their unfussy look.

What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods may not work for you. Let’s look at some drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too sparse for some homeowners - Many people in Tampa want the familiar plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod gives more shape and substance to your plantation shutters, versus plantation shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the look is more plain.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods may be easier for some people to operate. You can grab a hold of the tilt rod and slant the louvers to open and close, instead of having to tilt the louvers themselves.

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

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat style of tilt rod you pick is often due to your preference and your home’s style. When you own a traditionally designed home, we advise front-mounted tilt rods. When your design scheme is more contemporary, you might want to look at rear-mounted tilt rods.

Another thing to think about is how busy your home is with kids and pets. Many people in Tampa who run child care from their home ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child breaking a front-mounted tilt rod.

Need More Help Picking the Perfect Window Treatment For Your Home?

If you want to get shutters in Tampa but need some assistance, contact your Sunburst rep at or complete the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. Our reps will bring samples and we’ll show you your shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.