If you're shopping for 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 paint or stain on my window treatments will fit best with my decor?
One option you may not be aware of is the choice between a standard front-mount tilt rod versus a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Here are some pros and cons of hidden tilt rods, and if you should pick a hidden tilt for your plantation shutters in Raleigh.
What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?
You’re probably acquainted with classic plantation shutters where the louvers move by a center tilt rod. When you want to adjust the window treatment to bring in more or less light, you just move the tilt rod and glide it vertically to slant the louvers.
A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip attached behind the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you tilt one louver, all the louvers move as one unit.
Some shutters have a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the shutters to control the louvers’ movement. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and harder to fix, which is why we recommend 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 couple of benefits over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.
Contemporary look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods complement interiors that use a modern or contemporary design because of their clean lines.
Helps with thin or tiny windows - If your windows happen to be thin or tiny, then hidden tilt rods are a good choice due to their clean look.
What Are Some Problems of Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t perfect. Here’s a list of a couple drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.
Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too sparse for some people - Many homeowners in Raleigh like the classic plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod gives more shape and substance to your window treatments, versus plantation shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the look is more plain.
Some people find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods may be simpler for some people to operate. You can grab a hold of the tilt rod and slant the louvers as much as you need, in lieu in having to tilt the louvers themselves.
Who Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?
What style of tilt rod you pick is often due to your personal taste and your room’s decor. When you own a traditionally designed home, we advocate front-mounted tilt rods. If your home is more sleek, you may choose rear-mounted tilt rods.
Another variable is how exciting your house is with kids and animals. Many people in Raleigh who run home-based daycares ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child breaking a front-mounted tilt rod.
Looking For Help Picking the Best Plantation Shutter For Your Home?
If you’re interested in buying plantation shutters in Raleigh but need some assistance, give us a call at 919-887-9198 or complete the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. Our reps will bring samples and we’ll demonstrate a variety of shutter options - including rear tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.