Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods On Your Plantation Shutters in Colorado Springs

Gary Harding

When looking at shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Do I want real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver size should I pick? What color of shutters will look better with my style?

One option you may not be aware of is the option between a traditional front-mount tilt rod or a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some pros and cons of hidden tilt rods, and if you should consider a hidden tilt rod for your plantation shutters in Colorado Springs.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

You’re probably acquainted with conventional plantation shutters with the tilt rod on the center front of the window treatment. When you wish to adjust the window treatment to let in more or less light, you simply use the tilt rod and glide it vertically to tilt the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip on the back of the louver that is hard to see from the front. When you slant one louver, the rest move at the same time.

You may see a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the shutters to control the louvers’ movement. Unfortunately, these hidden tilt rods are more finicky and harder to replace, which is why we sell hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Colorado Springs windowsWhite plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Colorado Springs 


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods have a few perks over traditional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Clean look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods work with interiors that use a modern or contemporary feel due to their minimalistic design.

  2. Helps with thin or tiny windows - If your windows happen to be thin or tiny, then hidden tilt rods can be the perfect choice 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 some drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might seem too sparse for some people - Some homeowners in Colorado Springs prefer the familiar plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod gives more definition and prominence to your window treatments, versus shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the look is more modern.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods can be simpler for some people to use. You can hold onto the tilt rod and adjust the louvers as needed, instead of having to move the louvers themselves.

Who Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

Corner shutters with hidden tilt rods 

What type of tilt rod you choose is often due to your preference and your window’s characteristics. When you live in a home with traditional decor, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. When your home is more contemporary, you could look at rear-mounted tilt rods.

Issues like kids and pets could also have a role in the rear-mount option. Some teachers in Colorado Springs who have in-home daycares ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child ripping off a front-mounted tilt rod.

Looking For Help Picking the Perfect Plantation Shutter For Your Home?

If you’re interested in buying plantation shutters in Colorado Springs 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 be confident in your choice.