Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods On Your Plantation Shutters in San Jose

Curtis Orton

Before you buy your 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 style?

One option you may not know about is the option between a standard front-mount tilt rod and a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some advantages and weaknesses of hidden tilt rods, and if you should use a hidden tilt rod for your plantation shutters in San Jose.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

No doubt you are familiar with traditional plantation shutters with the tilt rod attached to the front of the window treatment. When you want to adjust the plantation shutters to allow more or less light, you simply move the tilt rod and adjust it vertically to tilt the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a thin metal strip on the back of the louver that is barely visible from the front. When you tilt one louver, all the louvers move as one unit.

Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the unit to control the louvers. Unfortunately, these hidden tilt rods are more prone to break and more difficult to fix, which is why our shutters use hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on San Jose windowsWhite plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in San Jose 


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods have some perks over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Modern look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods work with windows that have a modern or contemporary design because of their streamlined shape.

  2. Works well with thin or tiny windows - Hidden tilt rods are great for thin and tiny windows due to their minimalistic look.

What Are Some Problems of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods may not work for you. Here are a few drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too sparse for some homeowners - Some homeowners in San Jose want the traditional plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod front and center. The front tilt rod provides more shape and substance to your shutters, versus shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the feel is more modern.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods more user-friendly - Front-facing tilt rods can be simpler for some homeowners to operate. You just move 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 placing of tilt rod you choose is often due to your taste and your home’s style. If you have a traditionally designed home, we recommend front-mounted tilt rods. When your home is more sleek, you may choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

Another thing to think about is how exciting your house is with kids and animals. Many people in San Jose 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.

Need More Help Selecting the Best Plantation Shutter For Your Home?

If you’re interested in buying plantation shutters in San Jose but need some assistance, give us a call at or complete the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll walk you through all of your options - including rear tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.