Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods On Your Plantation Shutters in Austin

Tyler Jorgensen

If you're shopping for plantation shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I pick? What paint or stain on my shutters will work best with my style?

One option you may not know about is the decision between a standard front-mount tilt rod versus a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some pros and cons of hidden tilt rods, and if you should consider a hidden tilt rod for your plantation shutters in Austin.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

No doubt you are acquainted with conventional plantation shutters where the louvers move by a center tilt rod. When you want to adjust the shutters to let in more or less light, you simply hold the tilt rod and slide it vertically to shift the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip on the back of the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you tilt one louver, the rest move at the same time.

Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the treatment to control the louvers. Unfortunately, these hidden tilt rods are more prone to break and more difficult to repair, which is why we recommend hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Austin windowsPolywood shutters with hidden tilt rods in Austin 


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods can bring a few benefits over classic front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods work with interiors that use a modern or contemporary feel because of their clean lines.

  2. Works well with thin or tiny windows - If your windows happen to be thin or tiny, then hidden tilt rods are a good choice due to their minimalistic look.

What Are Some Cons of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t perfect. Let’s look at a few drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too minimalistic for some people - Many people in Austin like the traditional plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod front and center. The front tilt rod gives more definition and prominence to your shutters, versus plantation shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the design is more streamlined.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods can be more user-friendly for some homeowners to work with. You just grab a hold of the tilt rod and adjust the shutters as needed, in lieu in having to tilt the louvers themselves.

Who Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat type of tilt rod you choose is often due to your personal taste and your home’s style. If you own a conventionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. When your rooms are more modern, you might want to choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

Another thing to think about is how exciting your home is with children or pets. We’ve had many teachers in Austin who run in-home daycares inquire about hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.

Want Help Choosing the Best Plantation Shutter For Your Home?

If you want to get shutters in Austin 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 demonstrate your shutter options - including rear tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.