If you're shopping for 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 paint or stain on my window treatments will fit best with my home?
One option you may not know about is the option between a traditional front-mount tilt rod and a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. We've outlined some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should pick them for your shutters in Dallas.
What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?
You’re probably aware of classic plantation shutters with the tilt rod on the center front of the shutter. When you wish to adjust the plantation shutters to let in more or less light, you simply hold the tilt rod and slide it up or down to slant 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, all the louvers move at the same time.
Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the unit to control the louvers’ movement. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more fragile and tough to fix, which is why our shutters use 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 a few advantages over classic front-mounted tilt rods.
Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods complement windows that have a modern or contemporary feel due to their streamlined shape.
Great 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 may not work for you. Here’s a list of some cons to hidden tilt rods.
Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too sparse for some people - Some people in Dallas prefer the classic plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod front and center. The front tilt rod provides more definition and prominence to your plantation shutters, versus shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the design is more modern.
Some people find front-facing tilt rods more user-friendly - Front-facing tilt rods may be simpler for some homeowners to use. You just hold onto the tilt rod and tilt the louvers as much as you need, instead of having to move the louvers themselves.
Who Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?
What style of tilt rod you pick is often due to your taste and your room’s decor. When you live in a conventionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. If your home is more sleek, you might want to consider rear-mounted tilt rods.
You may also want to look at your families needs, like kids or pets. Many customers in Dallas who own child care from their home request hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child ripping off a front-mounted tilt rod.
Looking For Help Picking the Best Shutter For Your Family?
If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in Dallas but need some expert advice, call us at 214-301-5066 or send us the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. When we come, we’ll demonstrate your shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.