Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods On Your Plantation Shutters in St. George

Kasey Udy

Before you pick your shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Do I want real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I pick? What paint or stain on my window treatments will fit best with my style?

One choice you may not know about is the choice between a standard front-mount tilt rod and a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. We've outlined some pros and cons of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should pick a hidden tilt for your shutters in St. George.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

You’re probably 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 simply use the tilt rod and slide 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, the rest move as well.

You may see a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the unit to control the louvers. These kinds 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.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on St. George windowsWhite plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in St. George 


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods can bring some benefits over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Contemporary look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods complement interiors that have a modern or contemporary style because of their streamlined shape.

  2. Works well with thin or tiny windows - If your windows look thin or tiny, then hidden tilt rods are a good option due to their unfussy look.

What Are Some Cons of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t perfect. Let’s look at a few drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too modern for some people - Many people in St. George prefer the traditional plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod shows more shape and substance to your plantation shutters, versus plantation shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the design is more modern.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods more user-friendly - Front-facing tilt rods may be more user-friendly for some people to operate. You just hold onto the tilt rod and adjust the shutters as needed, versus having to slant the louvers themselves.

Who Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat type of tilt rod you use is often due to your personal taste and your room’s decor. If you live in a home with traditional decor, we advise front-mounted tilt rods. If your design scheme is more sleek, you could look at rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to look at your families needs, like children and pets. Some teachers in St. George who have 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.

Want Help Picking the Best Plantation Shutter For Your Home?

If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in St. George but need some expert advice, call us at or send us the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. When we come, we’ll walk you through a variety of shutter options - including your tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.