Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in Fort Myers

Charlie Cole and Brady Parker

If you're thinking about plantation shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I choose? What color of window treatments will fit best with my decor?

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

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are acquainted with classic plantation shutters with the tilt rod on the center front of the shutter. When you need to adjust the shutters to bring in more or less light, you simply hold the tilt rod and slide 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 hardly noticeable 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 shutters to control how the louver’s tilt. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more prone to break and tough to replace, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Fort Myers windowsWhite plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Fort Myers 


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

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

  1. Contemporary look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods complement windows that have a modern or contemporary feel because of their minimalistic design.

  2. Works well with thin or tiny windows - Hidden tilt rods are perfect for thin and tiny windows due to their minimalistic look.

What Are Some Problems of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods may not work for you. Here are a few cons to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too minimalistic 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 provides more definition and prominence to your window treatments, versus 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 may be easier for some homeowners to work with. You just grab a hold of 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?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat 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 home is more modern, you may look at rear-mounted tilt rods.

Another consideration is how hectic your home is with children or pets. Some 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 breaking a front-mounted tilt rod.

Looking For Help Picking the Best Shutter For Your Family?

If you want to get shutters in Fort Myers but need some guidance, contact your Sunburst rep at or fill out the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. Our reps will bring samples and we’ll show you a variety of shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.