Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in Dallas

Collins Jones

Before you choose your plantation shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I choose? What paint or stain on my window treatments will fit best with my decor?

One option you may not know about is the option between a standard front-mount tilt rod versus a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Here are some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should pick a hidden tilt rod for your shutters in Dallas.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are aware of traditional plantation shutters that use a center tilt rod on the front. When you wish to adjust the shutters to bring in more or less light, you simply use the tilt rod and adjust it up or down to slant the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a fine metal strip on the back of the louver that is hard to see from the front. When you move one louver, all the louvers move at the same time.

Some shutters have a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the unit to control how the louver’s tilt. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more prone to break and tough to repair, which is why our shutters use hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods have a few advantages over classic front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods work with homes that have a modern or contemporary feel due to their clean lines.

  2. Great with thin or tiny windows - Hidden tilt rods are wonderful 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 for everyone. Here’s a list of a few cons to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods might seem too minimalistic for some people - Some people in Dallas like the classic plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod shows more definition and prominence to your plantation shutters, versus shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the look is more streamlined.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods may be simpler for some homeowners to use. You just grab a hold of the tilt rod and tilt the louvers as needed, versus having to tilt the louvers themselves.

Who 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 taste and your room’s decor. When you live in a conventionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more sleek, you could consider rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to look at your families needs, like children and pets. Many teachers in Dallas who own child care from their home request 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 Family?

If you’re interested in buying plantation shutters in Dallas but need some expert advice, give us a call at or send us the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. When we come, we’ll demonstrate all of your options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.