Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods On Your Plantation Shutters in Atlanta

Dan Taylor

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

One choice you may not know about is the option between a normal 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 consider a hidden tilt for your shutters in Atlanta.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are aware of classic plantation shutters where the louvers move with a center tilt rod. When you wish to adjust the window treatment to bring in more or less light, you just hold the tilt rod and adjust it vertically to tilt the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip attached behind 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 situated in the side of the unit to control how the louver’s tilt. Unfortunately, these hidden tilt rods are more prone to break and more difficult to fix, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods can bring a few benefits over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Clean look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods look great with interiors that use a modern or contemporary style due to their clean lines.

  2. 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 aren’t for everyone. Here are some drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too minimalistic for some homeowners - Some homeowners in Atlanta like the classic 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.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods more user-friendly - Front-facing tilt rods can be easier for some homeowners to work with. You just move the tilt rod and tilt the shutters to open and close, instead of having to tilt the louvers themselves.

Who Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat 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 contemporary, you could look at rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to think about your families needs, like children and pets. Many teachers 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 looking to buy interior shutters in Atlanta but need some expert advice, call us at or send us the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll show you a variety of shutter options - including your tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.