Shutter Guides 26.01.18

Visible tilt rod vs hidden tilt rod

There are several factors to consider when incorporating new window shutters into your home. As well as deciding which type of shutter suits your home best, as well as the colour of your shutters and the size of the louvers, you must also decide whether or not you would like the tilt rod to be visible. But what is the difference between visible tilt rod vs hidden tilt rod? Is one of them more functional than the other? And which looks better from an aesthetic point of view?

Our customers often have questions along these lines, and we’d like to set the record straight. Of course, there are no right or wrong answers here as it comes down to personal preference, but we hope the following considerations will get you thinking about what you want from your new shutters before you make any purchases. In this post, we shall weigh up the pros and cons of both types of tilt rod, hopefully helping you settle the visible tilt rod vs hidden tilt rod debate.

Visible tilt rod


  • Since classic shutters throughout history usually had the tilt rod on show, a visible tilt rod may suit the needs of those looking to introduce a more traditional feel to their home.
  • Not just restricted to the centre of your shutters, visible tilt rods can also be positioned to the left or right (next to the stiles). This opens your shutters up to a variety of different looks and feels should you dislike the centred tilt rod.
  • As they are right there in the middle of your shutters, visible tilt rods are easy to access and intuitive to use. Hidden tilt rods may confuse those guests or family members who aren’t used to the disguised mechanism.


  • Visible tilt rods can make some shutters look too ‘busy’, especially when dressing a window that already has lots of ornamentation (e.g. leaded windows, grilled windows).
  • Since the visible tilt rod is such a conspicuous feature of window shutters, they can be tempting for young children to mess around with – this could lead to damage over time.

Hidden tilt rod


  • Hidden tilt rods have fully functioning mechanisms disguised within the stiles of your shutters which allows them to open and close without any trouble (usually by rolling the tilt rod with the palm of your hand or physically moving the individual louvers).
  • Many think that shutters look alot more streamlined without a tilt rod cutting through the middle of the louvers, which makes the hidden tilt rod perfect for those minimalists looking to achieve a lack of excess and ornamentation throughout their interior.
  • The hidden tilt rod can prevent excessive lines from dividing the form of your shutters, especially when coupled with full height shutters and wide louvers.


  • Since hidden tilt rods were not around when shutters came into fashion across Europe, the absence of a visible tilt rod may not be ideal for those who prefer more traditional designs and already have traditional decor in their home.
  • For many suppliers, the hidden tilt rod will come at an extra cost compared to the standard visible tilt rods that come with most shutters.

For more information and guidance regarding interior window shutters and their many benefits, please feel free to get in touch with the Diamond Shutters team and we’d be delighted to help!