Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in San Diego

Tyson Williams

When you want 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 work best with my decor?

One choice you may not be familiar with is the choice between a standard front-mount tilt rod versus a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. We've outlined some pros and cons of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should consider a hidden tilt rod for your plantation shutters in San Diego.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are aware of conventional plantation shutters where the louvers move by a center tilt rod. When you wish to adjust the window treatment to allow more or less light, you just use the tilt rod and adjust 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, every louver tilts as one unit.

Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the shutters to control the louvers’ movement. Unfortunately, these hidden tilt rods are more finicky and more difficult to fix, which is why our shutters use hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on San Diego windowsWhite plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in San Diego 


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

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

  1. Contemporary look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods work with windows that have a modern or contemporary feel because of their minimalistic design.

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

What Are Some Cons of Hidden Tilt Rods?

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

  1. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods might seem too sparse for some homeowners - Many people in San Diego prefer the traditional plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod gives more shape and substance to your plantation shutters, versus plantation shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the feel is more plain.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods may be simpler for some homeowners to use. You simply hold onto the tilt rod and tilt the louvers to open and close, in lieu in having to slant the louvers themselves.

Who Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat placing of tilt rod you pick is often due to your preference and your home’s style. When you own a conventionally designed home, we advise front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more contemporary, you could choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

Issues like children and pets could also be a concern regarding the rear-mount option. We’ve had many teachers in San Diego who have home-based daycares 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 Choosing the Best Plantation Shutter For Your Windows?

If you want to get shutters in San Diego but need some expert advice, contact your Sunburst rep at or send us the form below to book a free in-home consultation. When we come, we’ll walk you through a variety of shutter options - including your tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.