Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in Charlotte

Neil Blackwelder

Before you pick your shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I get? What paint or stain on my plantation shutters will work best with my style?

One choice you may not be familiar with is the option between a standard front-mount tilt rod versus a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. We've outlined some pros and cons of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should use a hidden tilt rod for your shutters in Charlotte.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are familiar with traditional plantation shutters that use a center tilt rod on the front. When you want to adjust the shutters to bring in more or less light, you just hold 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 shutters to control the louvers’ movement. 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.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Charlotte windowsWhite plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Charlotte 


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods offer some perks over classic front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods work with homes that have a modern or contemporary feel because of their minimalistic design.

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

What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods may not work for you. Here are some drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too sparse for some homeowners - Some people in Charlotte like the traditional plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod front and center. 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 streamlined.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods may be simpler for some homeowners to work with. You just hold onto the tilt rod and slant the shutters as much as you need, in lieu in having to move the louvers themselves.

What Homeowners Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat type of tilt rod you choose is often due to your personal taste and your room’s decor. If you have a conventionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. When your home is more contemporary, you may consider rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to consider other issues, like kids or pets. We’ve had many 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 breaking a front-mounted tilt rod.

Looking For Help Picking the Best Plantation Shutter For Your Home?

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