Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in Miami

David White

When shopping for shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What size louver should I pick? What paint or stain on my plantation shutters will look better with my decor?

One option you may not be aware of is the choice between a standard front-mount tilt rod versus 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 Miami.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

No doubt you are familiar with classic plantation shutters with the tilt rod attached to the front of the shutter. When you need to adjust the plantation shutters to bring in more or less light, you just hold the tilt rod and adjust it vertically to slant the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a fine metal strip attached behind the louver that is hardly noticeable from the front. When you slant one louver, the rest move at the same time.

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 our shutters use 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 benefits over traditional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Modern look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods complement interiors that have a modern or contemporary design because of their streamlined shape.

  2. Helps with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may get use from hidden tilt rods 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 drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too modern for some homeowners - Many homeowners in Miami want the familiar plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod provides more shape and substance to your shutters, versus shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the design is more streamlined.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods more user-friendly - Front-facing tilt rods can be simpler for some homeowners to use. You simply grab a hold of the tilt rod and tilt the shutters as needed, versus having to tilt the louvers themselves.

What Homeowners Should Consider Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat style of tilt rod you pick is often due to your personal taste and your room’s decor. If you live in a conventionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. If your home is more modern, you could choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

Things like pets or kids could also be part of the rear-mount discussion. We’ve had many customers in Miami who own in-home daycares inquire about hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child ripping off a front-mounted tilt rod.

Looking For Help Picking the Perfect Shutter For Your Home?

If you’re interested in buying plantation shutters in Miami 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 show you a variety of shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.