Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in New York City

Darren Zuckerman

When looking at shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver size should I pick? What paint or stain on my plantation shutters 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 advantages and weaknesses of hidden tilt rods, and if you should pick a hidden tilt rod for your shutters in New York City.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are acquainted with classic plantation shutters where the louvers move with a center tilt rod. When you wish to adjust the shutters to allow more or less light, you simply hold the tilt rod and glide it up or down to shift 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, every louver tilts as one unit.

Some shutters have a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the unit to control the louvers. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and tough to fix, 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 a couple of advantages over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods look great with windows that have a modern or contemporary design because of their streamlined shape.

  2. Great with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may want shutters with hidden tilt rods due to their unfussy look.

What Are Some Problems 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. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods might seem too minimalistic for some homeowners - Some people in New York City want the traditional plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod front and center. The front tilt rod gives more shape and substance to your window treatments, versus shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the design is more modern.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods can be more user-friendly for some people to operate. You simply hold onto the tilt rod and slant the louvers as needed, instead of having to move the louvers themselves.

Who Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat placing of tilt rod you pick is often due to your personal taste and your window’s characteristics. When you own a conventionally designed home, we advise front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more sleek, you may choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

Another consideration is how hectic your home is with children or pets. Many people in New York City who run in-home daycares request hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child breaking a front-mounted tilt rod.

Want Help Choosing the Best Window Treatment For Your Family?

If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in New York City 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 - including rear tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.