Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods On Your Plantation Shutters in Denver

Gary Harding

Before you pick your shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver size should I choose? What color of shutters will work best with my style?

One choice you may not be aware of is the choice between a normal front-mount tilt rod and a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should use a hidden tilt for your plantation shutters in Denver.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

You’re probably acquainted with conventional plantation shutters where the louvers move with a center tilt rod. When you need to adjust the window treatment to bring in more or less light, you simply move the tilt rod and slide it up or down to shift the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip on the far side of the louver that is hard to see from the front. When you tilt one louver, all the louvers move as well.

You may see a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the unit to control the louvers. Unfortunately, these hidden tilt rods are more finicky and tough to replace, which is why we recommend hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods have some advantages over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods complement interiors that have a modern or contemporary style due to their streamlined shape.

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

What Are Some Problems of Hidden Tilt Rods?

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

  1. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too minimalistic for some people - Some people in Denver want the classic plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod front and center. The front tilt rod shows more shape and substance to your plantation shutters, versus shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the look is more plain.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods can be more user-friendly for some people to use. You can move the tilt rod and tilt the shutters as needed, 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 choose is often due to your personal taste and your room’s decor. When you live in a home with traditional decor, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. When your rooms are more contemporary, you may look at rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to look at other issues, like pets and kids. Some people in Denver 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.

Looking For Help Selecting the Perfect Window Treatment For Your Windows?

If you want to get shutters in Denver but need some assistance, contact your Sunburst rep at or complete the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. When we come, we’ll walk you through your shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.