Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in San Antonio

Antonio Meza

When looking at shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I pick? What paint or stain on my window treatments will fit best with my home?

One choice you may not be familiar with is the choice between a normal front-mount tilt rod versus a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Here are some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and if you should consider them for your plantation shutters in San Antonio.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

You’re probably familiar with conventional plantation shutters with the tilt rod on the center front of the shutter. When you want to adjust the window treatment to bring in more or less light, you just hold the tilt rod and glide it up or down to tilt the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a fine metal strip on the far side of the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you move one louver, the rest move as one unit.

Some shutters have a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the unit to control the louvers’ movement. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and harder to fix, which is why we recommend 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 some perks over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods complement interiors that use a modern or contemporary design due to their minimalistic design.

  2. Helps with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may benefit from hidden tilt rods due to their clean look.

What Are Some Problems of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t for everyone. Let’s look at a couple drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might seem too minimalistic for some people - Many homeowners in San Antonio prefer the classic plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod shows more shape and substance to your window treatments, versus shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the feel is more plain.

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

What Homeowners Should Consider 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 room’s decor. If you own a traditionally designed home, we advocate front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more modern, you could look at rear-mounted tilt rods.

Another thing to think about is how busy your place is with kids and animals. Many customers in San Antonio 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.

Want Help Picking the Best Window Treatment For Your Family?

If you want to get shutters in San Antonio but need some assistance, contact your Sunburst rep at or complete the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. When we come, we’ll show you all of your options - including your tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.