Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in Fort Lauderdale

Danielle Micich

When you want plantation shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I pick? What paint or stain on my plantation shutters will fit best with my style?

One option you may not be familiar with is the choice between a normal 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 them for your shutters in Fort Lauderdale.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

You’re probably acquainted with conventional plantation shutters that use a center tilt rod on the front. When you need to adjust the shutters to allow more or less light, you just hold the tilt rod and slide it vertically to tilt the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip on the back of the louver that is hardly noticeable from the front. When you slant one louver, all the louvers move at the same time.

You may see a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the treatment to control the louvers’ movement. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and harder to repair, which is why we recommend hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Fort Lauderdale windowsWhite plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Fort Lauderdale 


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

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

  1. Contemporary look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods work with windows that use a modern or contemporary style because of 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 minimalistic look.

What Are Some Problems of Hidden Tilt Rods?

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

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might seem too sparse for some homeowners - Many people in Fort Lauderdale like the classic plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod provides more shape and substance to your window treatments, versus shutters using 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 easier for some people to use. You just move the tilt rod and adjust the louvers as needed, in lieu in having to slant the louvers themselves.

What Homeowners Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat placing of tilt rod you use is often due to your personal taste and your room’s decor. When you own a home with traditional decor, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. If your home is more contemporary, you could choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

Another variable is how busy your home is with kids and pets. We’ve had many customers in Fort Lauderdale who have home-based daycares ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.

Looking For Help Selecting the Best Plantation Shutter For Your Home?

If you want to get shutters in Fort Lauderdale but need some expert advice, contact your Sunburst rep at or send us the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. Our reps will bring samples and we’ll demonstrate your shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.