Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in Boise

Spencer Madsen

Before you buy your shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Do I want real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver size should I choose? What color of plantation shutters will work best with my decor?

One option you may not be familiar with is the choice between a normal front-mount tilt rod or a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Here are some benefits and drawbacks of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should use a hidden tilt for your plantation shutters in Boise.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are aware of traditional plantation shutters where the louvers move by a center tilt rod. When you need to adjust the window treatment to let in more or less light, you simply move the tilt rod and glide it up or down to slant the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a thin metal strip on the back of the louver that is hardly noticeable from the front. When you move one louver, all the louvers move at the same time.

Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the unit to control the louvers’ movement. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and tough to repair, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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


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 - Shutters with hidden tilt rods work with windows that use a modern or contemporary design due to their clean lines.

  2. Helps with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may benefit from hidden tilt rods due to their minimalistic look.

What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?

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

  1. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too sparse for some people - Some homeowners in Boise want the classic plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod shows more definition and prominence to your plantation shutters, versus shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the feel is more streamlined.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods easier to use - Front-facing tilt rods can be easier for some people to work with. You can grab a hold of the tilt rod and slant the shutters as needed, in lieu in having to move the louvers themselves.

Who Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat placing of tilt rod you choose is often due to your preference and your room’s decor. If you own a conventionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. When your rooms are more contemporary, you could consider rear-mounted tilt rods.

You may also want to consider your families needs, like children and pets. Many customers in Boise who run child care from their home 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 Best Plantation Shutter For Your Home?

If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in Boise 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 - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.