Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in Cincinnati

Lisa Renee Nieberding

When looking at plantation shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I pick? What paint or stain on my window treatments will fit best with my home?

One choice you may not know about is the choice between a standard front-mount tilt rod or a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some pros and cons of hidden tilt rods, and if you should pick them for your shutters in Cincinnati.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are aware of conventional plantation shutters where the louvers move by a center tilt rod. When you need 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 on the back of the louver that is hardly noticeable from the front. When you slant one louver, all the louvers move at the same time.

Some shutters have a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the shutters to control how the louver’s tilt. Unfortunately, these hidden tilt rods are more fragile and more difficult to replace, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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


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

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

  1. Clean look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods complement interiors that have a modern or contemporary design because of their streamlined shape.

  2. Great with thin or tiny windows - If your windows happen to be thin or tiny, then hidden tilt rods can be the perfect option 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’s a list of a few drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might seem too sparse for some people - Many people in Cincinnati want the traditional plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod gives more shape and substance to your window treatments, versus shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the design is more streamlined.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods can be more user-friendly for some people to operate. You can hold onto the tilt rod and tilt the shutters to open and close, instead of having to slant the louvers themselves.

Who Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat placing of tilt rod you choose is often due to your personal taste and your room’s decor. When you own a home with traditional decor, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. When your rooms are more modern, you might want to choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to think about other issues, like kids or pets. Some teachers in Cincinnati who run child care from their home inquire about hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.

Want Help Choosing the Perfect Window Treatment For Your Family?

If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in Cincinnati but need some guidance, call us at or fill out the form below to book a free in-home consultation. When we come, we’ll demonstrate all of your options - including rear tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.