Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in Chicago

Richard Rampton

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

One option you may not know about is the decision between a normal front-mount tilt rod and a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Here are some advantages and weaknesses of hidden tilt rods, and if you should use them for your plantation shutters in Chicago.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

You’re probably aware of traditional plantation shutters where the louvers move via a center tilt rod. When you want to adjust the window treatment to allow more or less light, you simply use the tilt rod and adjust it vertically to shift the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a fine metal strip on the back of the louver that is hard to see from the front. When you move one louver, every louver tilts as well.

Some shutters have a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the unit to control the louvers. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and harder to fix, which is why our shutters use hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Chicago windowsWhite plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Chicago 


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

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

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

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

What Are Some Cons of Hidden Tilt Rods?

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

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too sparse for some homeowners - Some homeowners in Chicago want the familiar plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod gives more shape and substance to your window treatments, versus plantation shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the look is more plain.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods may be simpler for some people to operate. You simply move the tilt rod and tilt the shutters as much as you need, in lieu in having to tilt the louvers themselves.

What Homeowners Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

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

Issues like kids and pets could also be part of the rear-mount option. Many teachers in Chicago who run in-home 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 Selecting the Perfect Shutter For Your Home?

If you want to get shutters in Chicago but need some assistance, contact your Sunburst rep at or complete the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll show you all of your options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.