Before you pick your shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I want real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I choose? What paint or stain on my plantation shutters will look better with my style?
One choice you may not know about is the option between a traditional 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 consider a hidden tilt rod for your shutters in Charlotte.
What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?
Most people are acquainted with classic plantation shutters with the tilt rod attached to the front of the window treatment. When you need to adjust the shutters to let in more or less light, you just use the tilt rod and glide it up or down to slant the louvers.
A rear-mount tilt rod is a fine metal strip on the far side of the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you tilt one louver, every louver tilts at the same time.
You may see a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the treatment to control how the louver’s tilt. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and tough to replace, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.
What Are the Pros of Rear-Mount and Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods can bring some perks over classic front-mounted tilt rods.
Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods complement windows that have a modern or contemporary feel because of their minimalistic design.
Works well with thin or tiny windows - Hidden tilt rods are perfect for thin and tiny windows due to their minimalistic look.
What Are Some Cons of Hidden Tilt Rods?
Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods may not work for you. Here are a few drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.
Shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too minimalistic for some homeowners - Some people in Charlotte prefer the classic plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod provides more definition and prominence to your plantation shutters, versus shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the design is more modern.
Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods more user-friendly - Front-facing tilt rods may be easier for some homeowners to work with. You just grab a hold of the tilt rod and slant the shutters as needed, in lieu in having to move the louvers themselves.
What Homeowners Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?
What style of tilt rod you use is often due to your personal taste and your room’s decor. If you have a conventionally designed home, we advocate front-mounted tilt rods. When your home is more contemporary, you may choose rear-mounted tilt rods.
You may also want to think about other issues, like kids or pets. Some people in Charlotte who run child care from their home ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child ripping off a front-mounted tilt rod.
Looking For Help Picking the Best Shutter For Your Home?
If you’re interested in buying plantation shutters in Charlotte but need some assistance, give us a call at 980-231-1116 or complete the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll walk you through your shutter options - including your tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.