Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods On Your Plantation Shutters in Boston

Holly Perron

If you're thinking about plantation shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Do I need 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 be aware of is the choice between a normal front-mount tilt rod or a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and if you should pick them for your plantation shutters in Boston.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

You’re probably acquainted with conventional plantation shutters where the louvers move by a center tilt rod. When you need to adjust the plantation shutters to bring in more or less light, you just use the tilt rod and adjust it up or down to slant the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a thin metal strip on the far side of the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you slant one louver, the rest move as well.

Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the shutters to control how the louver’s tilt. Unfortunately, these hidden tilt rods are more prone to break and tough to fix, which is why our shutters use hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Boston windowsWhite plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Boston 


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods offer a few benefits over traditional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Modern look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods work with interiors that have a modern or contemporary design because of their streamlined shape.

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

What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t perfect. Here’s a list of some drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too modern for some homeowners - Some homeowners in Boston like the familiar plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod shows more shape and substance to your shutters, versus plantation shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the feel is more modern.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods can be more user-friendly for some homeowners to operate. You can move the tilt rod and tilt the louvers as much as you need, instead of having to tilt the louvers themselves.

What Homeowners Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat style of tilt rod you pick is often due to your personal taste and your home’s style. If you own a home with traditional decor, we advise front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more sleek, you might want to look at rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to look at lifestyle needs, like pets and kids. We’ve had many teachers in Boston who own child care from their home request hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child breaking a front-mounted tilt rod.

Want Help Picking the Best Window Treatment For Your Windows?

If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in Boston but need some assistance, call us at or complete the form below to arrange 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.