Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in Gainesville

Eric Ramsey

Before you pick your plantation shutters, you’ll have a few choices 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 home?

One option you may not know about is the option between a normal front-mount tilt rod and a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Here are some advantages and weaknesses of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should consider them for your shutters in Gainesville.

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 need to adjust the window treatment to allow more or less light, you just use the tilt rod and slide it vertically to tilt the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a fine metal strip attached behind the louver that is hard to see from the front. When you move one louver, all the louvers move as well.

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

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


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods have a few perks over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Modern look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods work with interiors that have a modern or contemporary feel because of their clean lines.

  2. Works well 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 minimalistic look.

What Are Some Problems of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods may not work for you. Here are a few cons to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too modern for some people - Some people in Gainesville prefer the classic 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 window treatments, versus plantation shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the design is more modern.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods more user-friendly - Front-facing tilt rods may be easier for some people to work with. You simply grab a hold of the tilt rod and slant the louvers as much as you need, versus having to tilt the louvers themselves.

Who Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat type of tilt rod you choose is often due to your preference and your window’s characteristics. If you live in a conventionally designed home, we advocate front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more modern, you could choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

Another thing to think about is how hectic your house is with kids and pets. Many teachers in Gainesville who own in-home daycares inquire about hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.

Want Help Picking the Perfect Shutter For Your Windows?

If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in Gainesville but need some assistance, call us at or complete the form below to book a free in-home consultation. When we come, we’ll demonstrate your shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.