Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in Raleigh

Blake Jarman

When looking at shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I get? What paint or stain on my window treatments will fit best with my home?

One option you may not be aware of is the decision 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?

Most people are acquainted with traditional plantation shutters that use a center tilt rod on the front. When you want to adjust the window treatment to let 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 on the back of the louver that is hardly noticeable from the front. When you tilt one louver, the rest move as one unit.

Some shutters have a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the treatment to control the louvers’ movement. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and harder to fix, which is why we recommend hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Raleigh windowsPlantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Raleigh 


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods have a couple of benefits over traditional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Contemporary look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods work with interiors that use a modern or contemporary style because of their clean lines.

  2. Helps with thin or tiny windows - Hidden tilt rods are perfect for thin and tiny windows 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.

  1. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too sparse for some people - Many homeowners in Raleigh prefer 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 plantation shutters, versus plantation shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the look is more plain.

  2. 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 move the louvers themselves.

Who Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat style of tilt rod you pick is often due to your preference and your home’s style. When you have a conventionally designed home, we advocate front-mounted tilt rods. If your home is more sleek, you may choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to consider your families needs, like children and pets. Many people in Raleigh who run in-home daycares inquire about 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 Choosing the Best Plantation Shutter For Your Home?

If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in Raleigh but need some guidance, call us at or fill out the form below to book 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.