Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods On Your Plantation Shutters in Cleveland

Nate Gromen

When you want plantation shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I want real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I choose? What color of window treatments will look better with my decor?

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

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

No doubt you are acquainted with classic plantation shutters that use a center tilt rod on the front. When you need to adjust the window treatment to allow more or less light, you simply move 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 far side of the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you tilt one louver, every louver tilts as one unit.

You may see a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the unit to control the louvers. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more fragile and more difficult to repair, which is why we recommend hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods offer a few advantages over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Modern look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods look great with windows that use a modern or contemporary style because of their minimalistic design.

  2. Great with thin or tiny windows - Hidden tilt rods are wonderful for thin and tiny windows due to their minimalistic look.

What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods may not work for you. Let’s look at a few drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too modern for some people - Some homeowners in Cleveland prefer the traditional plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod gives more definition and prominence to your shutters, versus plantation shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the look is more modern.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods may be more user-friendly for some people to use. You simply hold onto the tilt rod and tilt the shutters as much as you need, versus having to tilt the louvers themselves.

What Homeowners Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat type of tilt rod you pick is often due to your personal taste and your window’s characteristics. When you live in a home with traditional decor, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. When your design scheme is more contemporary, you may consider rear-mounted tilt rods.

Things like pets or kids could also be a concern regarding the rear-mount discussion. Some teachers in Cleveland who run in-home daycares inquire about hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child breaking a front-mounted tilt rod.

Want Help Selecting the Perfect Shutter For Your Family?

If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in Cleveland but need some guidance, call us 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 - including rear tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.