Traditional shutters compared to hidden tilt shutters

Shutter Tilt Options: Standard Versus Hidden Tilt

One of the first decisions you will make when choosing custom plantation shutters is what type of shutter tilt option you will function best for you.  There are two options to choose from – Traditional tilt or hidden tilt rods.

The tilt rod plays a pretty significant roll on the shutters.  It is the tilt rod that allows you to control the angle of the louvers, which adjusts the light and privacy levels in your room.

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The tilt rod  can change the aesthetic design of a room as well.  If you are looking for a traditional look, you should consider a standard tilt rod. Where as a more contemporary or craftsman style home would be better suited with a hidden tilt mechanism.

Shutters with Traditional or Standard Tilt Rods

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Shutters with visivle tilt rods installed on the front, running down the middle of the panel are called traditional or standard tilt rods.  These tilt rods allow you to adjust the angle of the louvers.  Traditional tilt rod shutters have been the most popular in years past. This is largely the case because for many years they were the only option available. Standard tilts are typically included in the base price of most shutters lines, making them a little less expensive than hidden tilt shutters.


  1. If you prefer more of a “vintage” look or even just a classic look these are the obvious choice.
  2. Shutters with the traditional tilt rods are simple to operate.
  3. Traditional tilt rods give the plantation shutter its “shutter” look for a lot of people.
  4. Typically about 10% less expensive.


  1. The traditional tilt rods visually distract, which some homeowners don’t like.
  2. They give windows another vertical line, which for some is not aestheically pleasing.
  3. Some people may think of the traditional tilt rod as a way to open the shutters. Like a handle on a door. This excessive force can damage the tilt rods.

Shutters with Hidden Tilt Rods

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For most companies that offer hidden tilt, the rods are built inside behind the louvers so are are less conspicuous.  There is still a rod that is visible closest to the glass of your window but it doesn’t run down the middle of the entire shutter. The main manufacturer we use, here at Blind Spot, offers hidden tilt that is actually built into the inside of the shutter so there are no extra vertical lines.

With the popularity of more modern and contemporary styles this shutter option is becoming more popular in recent years.  It adds to the beauty and value of a shutter, as well as offers unobstucted views and a clean look.


  1. Aesthetically pleasing clean crisp lines of the hidden tilt makes them look amazing in contempory homes. Great options for homeowners who are looking to make their home decor more on the “clean lined” end of design.
  2. Without the added vertical lines they provide an unobstructed view and allow more light to enter the room.


  1. While the hidden tilt rods look exquisite in modern homes, they may look out of place in a home that is styled on a more vintage/traditional way.
  2. Hidden tilt options add to the cost of the shutter.

Which tilt option is right for me?

Both traditional standard tilt and hidden tilt options are great, but ultimately the choice comes down to personal preference.  When making this decision be sure to consider style, functionality, privacy, cost and light control in your decision.

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This entry was published on February 15, 2023.

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