When shopping for plantation shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I choose? What color of window treatments will fit best with my decor?
One choice you may not be familiar with is the option between a standard front-mount tilt rod or a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should consider a hidden tilt rod for your plantation shutters in Fort Myers.
What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?
Most people are acquainted with classic plantation shutters where the louvers move via 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 adjust it up or down to slant the louvers.
A rear-mount tilt rod is a thin metal strip on the back of the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you tilt one louver, every louver tilts as well.
You may see a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the treatment to control how the louver’s tilt. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more fragile and tough to replace, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.
What Are the Advantages of Rear-Mount and Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods have some perks over classic front-mounted tilt rods.
Contemporary look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods complement windows that have a modern or contemporary feel because of their minimalistic design.
Great with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may benefit from hidden tilt rods due to their unfussy look.
What Are Some Problems of Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods may not work for you. Here are some cons to hidden tilt rods.
Shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too sparse for some people - Some homeowners in Fort Myers want the familiar plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod shows more definition and prominence to your plantation shutters, versus shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the design is more modern.
Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods may be easier for some homeowners to work with. You just hold onto the tilt rod and slant the shutters to open and close, in lieu in having to slant the louvers themselves.
What Homeowners Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?
What placing of tilt rod you pick is often due to your personal taste and your home’s style. If you live in a home with traditional decor, we advise front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more modern, you may look at rear-mounted tilt rods.
You may also want to think about your families needs, like pets and kids. We’ve had many teachers in Fort Myers who run child care from their home inquire about hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child ripping off a front-mounted tilt rod.
Looking For Help Choosing the Best Plantation Shutter For Your Family?
If you want to get shutters in Fort Myers but need some assistance, contact your Sunburst rep at 239-208-6577 or complete the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. Our reps will bring samples and we’ll walk you through a variety of shutter options - including your tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.