Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in Minneapolis

George Christ

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

One option you may not be aware of is the option between a normal front-mount tilt rod and a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and if you should use a hidden tilt for your shutters in Minneapolis.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are familiar with traditional plantation shutters with the tilt rod situated center-front of the shutter. When you want to adjust the shutters to allow more or less light, you simply use the tilt rod and glide it up or down 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 slant one louver, all the louvers move as one unit.

Some shutters have a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the shutters to control how the louver’s tilt. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more prone to break and harder to repair, which is why we recommend hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods have a couple of advantages over traditional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Clean look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods complement windows that use a modern or contemporary design due to their minimalistic design.

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

What Are Some Problems of Hidden Tilt Rods?

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

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too minimalistic for some homeowners - Many homeowners in Minneapolis prefer the traditional plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod provides more shape and substance to your plantation shutters, versus plantation 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 may be simpler for some homeowners to use. You just move the tilt rod and adjust the louvers to open and close, in lieu in having to move the louvers themselves.

What Homeowners Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat style of tilt rod you pick is often due to your personal taste and your home’s style. When you own a home with traditional decor, we advocate front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more contemporary, you could consider rear-mounted tilt rods.

Another thing to think about is how exciting your home is with kids and animals. Many people in Minneapolis who run child care from their home request hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child breaking a front-mounted tilt rod.

Need More Help Picking the Perfect Shutter For Your Windows?

If you’re interested in buying plantation shutters in Minneapolis but need some expert advice, give us a call at or send us the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. Our reps will bring samples and we’ll demonstrate all of your options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.