Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in Southern California

Kimball Jones

If you're shopping for plantation shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Do I want real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I get? What color of plantation shutters will fit best with my decor?

One option you may not be familiar with is the option between a standard 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 use a hidden tilt for your plantation shutters in Southern California.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are familiar with traditional plantation shutters where the louvers move by a center tilt rod. When you want to adjust the plantation shutters to bring in more or less light, you simply move the tilt rod and slide it up or down to tilt the louvers.

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

Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the shutters to control the louvers’ movement. Unfortunately, these hidden tilt rods are more finicky and harder to repair, which is why our shutters use hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Southern California windowsWhite plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Southern California 


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods offer a couple of perks over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Clean look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods look great with homes that have a modern or contemporary feel 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 unfussy look.

What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t for everyone. Let’s look at some drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

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

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods more user-friendly - Front-facing tilt rods can be more user-friendly for some homeowners to use. You can move the tilt rod and adjust the louvers to open and close, 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 use is often due to your taste and your window’s characteristics. When you have a conventionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. If your home is more sleek, you could choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

Another variable is how busy your house is with kids and animals. Some teachers in Southern California who run home-based daycares request hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child ripping off a front-mounted tilt rod.

Want Help Picking the Perfect Plantation Shutter For Your Windows?

If you’re interested in buying plantation shutters in Southern California but need some guidance, give us a call at or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. Our reps will bring samples and we’ll show you your shutter options - including your tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.