Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in Oklahoma City

Tyler Jorgensen

Before you pick your plantation shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I want real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver size should I get? What paint or stain on my shutters will fit best with my decor?

One option you may not know about is the decision between a normal front-mount tilt rod versus a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some advantages and weaknesses of hidden tilt rods, and if you should consider a hidden tilt rod for your shutters in Oklahoma City.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

No doubt you are familiar with conventional plantation shutters with the tilt rod attached to the front of the shutter. When you need to adjust the window treatment to bring in more or less light, you just hold the tilt rod and glide it up or down to shift the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a thin metal strip attached behind the louver that is hardly noticeable from the front. When you move one louver, all the louvers move as one unit.

Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the shutters to control the louvers’ movement. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more prone to break and harder to replace, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Oklahoma City windowsPlantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Oklahoma City 


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

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

  1. Clean look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods work with interiors that have a modern or contemporary style 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 clean look.

What Are Some Problems 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 might appear too sparse for some homeowners - Some homeowners in Oklahoma City 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 window treatments, versus shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the look is more streamlined.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods can be easier for some people to use. You simply move the tilt rod and slant the louvers to open and close, instead of 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 use is often due to your preference and your room’s decor. When you have a traditionally designed home, we advocate front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more contemporary, you might want to choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to look at your families needs, like kids or pets. Many customers in Oklahoma City who own home-based daycares request hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child ripping off a front-mounted tilt rod.

Want Help Selecting the Best Window Treatment For Your Windows?

If you want to get shutters in Oklahoma City but need some guidance, contact your Sunburst rep at or fill out the form below to book a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll show you your shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.