Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods With Your Plantation Shutters in Las Vegas

Darik Neilson

Before you choose your shutters, you’ll have some decisions to make. Do I need real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I get? What paint or stain on my plantation shutters will fit best with my style?

One choice you may not know about is the decision 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 whether you should consider a hidden tilt rod for your plantation shutters in Las Vegas.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

No doubt you are familiar with classic plantation shutters where the louvers move with a center tilt rod. When you wish to adjust the window treatment to let in more or less light, you just use the tilt rod and adjust it vertically to slant the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a fine metal strip on the back of the louver that is hardly noticeable from the front. When you tilt one louver, the rest move as well.

Some companies offer a hidden tilt rod situated in the side of the treatment to control the louvers. Unfortunately, these hidden tilt rods are more fragile and harder to replace, which is why our shutters use hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Las Vegas windowsWhite plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Las Vegas 


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

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods can bring a couple of advantages over classic front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Contemporary look - Shutters with hidden tilt rods work with homes that have a modern or contemporary feel because of their clean lines.

  2. Great with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may get use from hidden tilt rods due to their unfussy look.

What Are Some Cons of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t for everyone. Let’s look at a couple cons to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too minimalistic for some people - Many people in Las Vegas prefer the traditional plantation shutter style and design with the tilt rod where people can see it. The front tilt rod provides more definition and prominence to your window treatments, versus shutters using a hidden tilt rod where the look is more modern.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods can be simpler for some people to use. You can move the tilt rod and slant the shutters as needed, in lieu in having to slant the louvers themselves.

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

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat type of tilt rod you choose is often due to your personal taste and your window’s characteristics. If you own a traditionally designed home, we advise front-mounted tilt rods. When your design scheme is more modern, you might want to choose rear-mounted tilt rods.

Another variable is how exciting your house is with kids and pets. Many teachers in Las Vegas who have in-home daycares ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.

Need More Help Choosing the Perfect Shutter For Your Family?

If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in Las Vegas 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 walk you through all of your options - including your tilt rod options - so you can be confident in your choice.