Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods On Your Plantation Shutters in Jacksonville

Kevin McCormack

When looking at plantation shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I pick? What paint or stain on my plantation shutters will look better with my decor?

One option you may not know about is the choice 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 them for your plantation shutters in Jacksonville.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are familiar with classic plantation shutters that use a center tilt rod on the front. When you want to adjust the plantation shutters to let in more or less light, you simply use the tilt rod and glide it up or down to slant the louvers.

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

You may see 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 tough to repair, which is why we recommend hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods offer a couple of benefits over classic front-mounted tilt rods.

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

  2. Works well with thin or tiny windows - If your windows look thin or tiny, then hidden tilt rods can be the perfect choice due to their clean look.

What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?

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

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too sparse for some people - Some homeowners in Jacksonville want the traditional plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod provides more definition and prominence to your window treatments, versus shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the design is more streamlined.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods can be more user-friendly for some people to operate. You just hold onto the tilt rod and slant the louvers to open and close, versus having to slant the louvers themselves.

What Homeowners Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat placing of tilt rod you pick is often due to your personal taste and your home’s style. If you live in a traditionally designed home, we advocate front-mounted tilt rods. When your rooms are more modern, you may consider rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to consider your families needs, like children and pets. Many teachers in Jacksonville who own child care from their home ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.

Need More Help Selecting the Perfect Shutter For Your Family?

If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in Jacksonville but need some guidance, call us at or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll show you a variety of shutter options - including your tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.