Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in Nashville

Stefano Diotaiuti

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

One choice you may not be familiar with is the choice between a traditional front-mount tilt rod or a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. We've outlined some pros and cons of hidden tilt rods, and if you should consider a hidden tilt for your plantation shutters in Nashville.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are acquainted with traditional plantation shutters where the louvers move by a center tilt rod. When you need to adjust the plantation shutters to allow more or less light, you simply hold 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 far side of the louver that is hard to see from the front. When you slant one louver, all the louvers move as one unit.

You may see a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the unit to control the louvers. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and more difficult to fix, which is why our shutters use hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

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


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods offer a few advantages over conventional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Modern look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods work with interiors that use a modern or contemporary design due to their clean lines.

  2. Great with thin or tiny windows - Hidden tilt rods are great for thin and tiny windows due to their clean look.

What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?

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

  1. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too modern for some homeowners - Some people in Nashville want the traditional plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod front and center. The front tilt rod provides more definition and prominence to your plantation shutters, versus plantation shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the design 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 use. You can move the tilt rod and slant the louvers to open and close, instead of having to slant the louvers themselves.

What Homeowners Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Plantation Shutters?

Narrow plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods 

What type of tilt rod you use is often due to your personal taste and your window’s characteristics. When you have a traditionally designed home, we advocate front-mounted tilt rods. If your rooms are more sleek, you might want to look at rear-mounted tilt rods.

Another thing to think about is how busy your house is with children or pets. Some customers in Nashville who run 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.

Want Help Picking the Perfect Window Treatment For Your Home?

If you want to get shutters in Nashville but need some assistance, contact your Sunburst rep at or complete the form below to book 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 be confident in your choice.