Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in Honolulu

Darren Wong

When shopping for shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I want real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I choose? What color of plantation shutters will fit best with my decor?

One option you may not know about is the decision between a standard front-mount tilt rod or a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Here are some advantages and weaknesses of hidden tilt rods, and if you should use them for your shutters in Honolulu.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

No doubt you are aware of conventional plantation shutters that use a center tilt rod on the front. When you wish to adjust the shutters to allow more or less light, you just move the tilt rod and adjust it up or down to tilt the louvers.

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

Some shutters have a hidden tilt rod that places a mechanism in the side of the unit to control how the louver’s tilt. These kinds of hidden tilt rods are more fragile and tough to repair, which is why we recommend hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Honolulu windowsPolywood shutters with hidden tilt rods in Honolulu 


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods offer some perks over classic front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods work with homes that have a modern or contemporary design due to their clean lines.

  2. Works well with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may want shutters with hidden tilt rods due to their unfussy look.

What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t for everyone. Here are some drawbacks to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods may look too modern for some homeowners - Many homeowners in Honolulu prefer the familiar plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod front and center. The front tilt rod shows more definition and prominence to your shutters, versus shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the look is more streamlined.

  2. Some homeowners find front-facing tilt rods more user-friendly - Front-facing tilt rods may be easier for some people to use. You just hold onto the tilt rod and adjust the shutters as much as you need, instead of having to move the louvers themselves.

Who Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat placing of tilt rod you pick is often due to your taste and your home’s style. If you own a conventionally designed home, we advocate front-mounted tilt rods. If your home is more modern, you may look at rear-mounted tilt rods.

Another thing to think about is how hectic your home is with children or pets. We’ve had many teachers in Honolulu who have child care from their home request hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s a smaller chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.

Want Help Choosing the Best Window Treatment For Your Home?

If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in Honolulu but need some expert advice, call us at or send us the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll demonstrate a variety of shutter options - and both front and rear tilt rod options - so you can see them in your own home.