Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in Detroit

Steve Hill

Before you pick your plantation shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I get? What paint or stain on my window treatments will look better with my home?

One option you may not be aware of is the choice between a standard front-mount tilt rod or a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Here are some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and if you should use them for your shutters in Detroit.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

No doubt you are aware of traditional plantation shutters with the tilt rod on the center front of the shutter. When you want to adjust the shutters to bring in more or less light, you just hold the tilt rod and glide it up or down to tilt the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a fine metal strip on the back of the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you move one louver, the rest move as one unit.

You may see a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the unit to control how the louver’s tilt. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and more difficult to fix, which is why we recommend hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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


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

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

  1. Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods work with homes that use a modern or contemporary design due to their streamlined shape.

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

What Are Some Cons of Hidden Tilt Rods?

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

  1. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too modern for some homeowners - Many people in Detroit want the classic plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod front and center. The front tilt rod provides more shape and substance to your shutters, versus plantation shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the feel is more plain.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods may be more user-friendly for some homeowners to work with. You simply hold onto the tilt rod and slant the louvers as needed, versus having to move the louvers themselves.

What Homeowners Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat type of tilt rod you pick is often due to your taste and your home’s style. When you live in a traditionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. When your rooms are more sleek, you could choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

Another consideration is how exciting your place is with children or pets. We’ve had many teachers in Detroit who have child care from their home 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 Window Treatment For Your Home?

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