If you're in the market for plantation shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I choose? What paint or stain on my shutters will fit best with my decor?
One choice you may not be familiar with is the option between a normal front-mount tilt rod versus a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Here are some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should consider a hidden tilt for your shutters in Atlanta.
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 window treatment to bring in more or less light, you just use the tilt rod and adjust it vertically to slant the louvers.
A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip on the back of the louver that is hard to see from the front. When you tilt one louver, the rest move at the same time.
Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the unit to control the louvers’ movement. Unfortunately, these hidden tilt rods are more prone to break and more difficult to repair, which is why we recommend hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.
What Are the Pros of Rear-Mount and Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods can bring a few advantages over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.
Clean look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods look great with interiors that use a modern or contemporary design due to their streamlined shape.
Helps with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may get use from hidden tilt rods due to their minimalistic look.
What Are Some Cons of Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods may not work for you. Here’s a list of a few drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.
Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too minimalistic for some homeowners - Some homeowners in Atlanta like the traditional plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod provides more definition and prominence to your shutters, versus plantation shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the design is more streamlined.
Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods can be simpler for some homeowners to work with. You simply move the tilt rod and tilt the shutters to open and close, versus having to move the louvers themselves.
Who Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?
What placing of tilt rod you use is often due to your taste and your window’s characteristics. If you have a traditionally designed home, we advocate front-mounted tilt rods. When your rooms are more modern, you might want to look at rear-mounted tilt rods.
Issues like kids and pets could also be part of the rear-mount option. Many customers in Atlanta who have in-home daycares request hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child breaking a front-mounted tilt rod.
Want Help Choosing the Perfect Shutter For Your Windows?
If you’re interested in buying plantation shutters in Atlanta but need some expert advice, give us a call at 404-962-8517 or send us the form below to book a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll walk you through a variety of shutter options - including your tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.