Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in New Brunswick

Mike Horn

If you're thinking about plantation shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I pick? What paint or stain on my window treatments will look better with my decor?

One choice you may not know about is the choice between a normal front-mount tilt rod or a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. We've outlined some advantages and weaknesses of hidden tilt rods, and if you should pick a hidden tilt rod for your shutters in New Brunswick.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

No doubt you are acquainted with traditional plantation shutters where the louvers move via a center tilt rod. When you need to adjust the shutters to let in more or less light, you simply hold the tilt rod and adjust it vertically to tilt 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, all the louvers move as one unit.

You may see a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the treatment to control how the louver’s tilt. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more fragile and more difficult to repair, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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

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

  1. Clean look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods complement interiors that use a modern or contemporary feel due to their clean lines.

  2. Great with thin or tiny windows - If your windows are thin or tiny, then hidden tilt rods can be the perfect feature due to their clean look.

What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods may not work for you. Let’s look at a few cons to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too sparse for some homeowners - Some people in New Brunswick want the classic plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod gives more definition and prominence to your window treatments, versus plantation shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the design is more plain.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods may be simpler for some homeowners to work with. You simply grab a hold of the tilt rod and slant the shutters to open and close, instead of having to tilt the louvers themselves.

Who Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat style of tilt rod you choose is often due to your preference and your window’s characteristics. If you own a traditionally designed home, we advocate front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more sleek, you may choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

Family traffic like kids and pets could also be part of the rear-mount discussion. Many people in New Brunswick who run in-home daycares ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.

Need More Help Choosing the Perfect Plantation Shutter For Your Family?

If you’re interested in buying plantation shutters in New Brunswick but need some guidance, give us a call at or fill out the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll demonstrate your shutter options - including your tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.