Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in Houston

Cory Cryer

If you're thinking about 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 work best with my decor?

One choice you may not be aware of is the decision between a normal front-mount tilt rod or a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. We've outlined some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and if you should consider a hidden tilt for your plantation shutters in Houston.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

No doubt you are aware of classic plantation shutters where the louvers move via a center tilt rod. When you want to adjust the shutters to bring in more or less light, you just hold the tilt rod and slide it vertically to shift the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a fine metal strip on the far side of the louver that is hard to see from the front. When you slant one louver, every louver tilts as well.

Some shutters have a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the treatment to control the louvers. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and harder to replace, which is why we recommend 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 some benefits over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Modern look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods look great with interiors that have a modern or contemporary style due to their minimalistic design.

  2. Helps with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may benefit from hidden tilt rods 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 some cons to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too sparse for some homeowners - Some people in Houston want the familiar 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 shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the feel is more plain.

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

Who Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat style of tilt rod you choose is often due to your preference and your home’s style. When you have a home with traditional decor, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. If your design scheme is more sleek, you may choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

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

Need More Help Selecting the Best Plantation Shutter For Your Family?

If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in Houston but need some assistance, call us at or complete the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll walk you through your shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.