Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in Kingsport

Jacob Hayes

If you're thinking about plantation shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I choose? What paint or stain on my window treatments will look better with my home?

One choice you may not be aware of is the option between a normal front-mount tilt rod and a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. We've outlined some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should consider a hidden tilt for your shutters in Kingsport.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are aware of traditional plantation shutters with the tilt rod attached to the front of the window treatment. When you wish to adjust the shutters to let in more or less light, you simply use the tilt rod and glide it vertically to slant the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip attached behind the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you tilt one louver, every louver tilts as one unit.

You may see a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the shutters to control how the louver’s tilt. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more fragile and more difficult to repair, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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


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. Modern look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods work with interiors that have a modern or contemporary feel because of their clean lines.

  2. Great with thin or tiny windows - Hidden tilt rods are perfect for thin and tiny windows due to their unfussy look.

What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t perfect. Here’s a list of a couple cons to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too modern for some people - Some homeowners in Kingsport prefer the classic plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod front and center. The front tilt rod gives more shape and substance to your plantation shutters, versus shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the feel is more modern.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods can be easier for some people to use. You simply move the tilt rod and tilt the shutters as needed, versus having to tilt the louvers themselves.

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

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat type of tilt rod you pick is often due to your personal taste and your window’s characteristics. When you live in a home with traditional decor, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. If your home is more contemporary, you could consider rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to look at lifestyle needs, like children and pets. Many customers in Kingsport who own child care from their home inquire about hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child breaking a front-mounted tilt rod.

Want Help Choosing the Best Window Treatment For Your Home?

If you’re interested in buying plantation shutters in Kingsport but need some guidance, give us a call at or fill out the form below to book a free in-home consultation. Our reps will bring samples and we’ll demonstrate your shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.