A tilt rod is the central bar at the front of the shutters panel which is used to open and close the louvers. The traditional look has the tilt rod in the middle however many of our customers opt for an off set tilt rod which means the tilt rod is fitted 1″ from the edge of the louver. You can however choose to design your shutters without a tilt rod by opting for a hidden tilt rod, also known as clearview. A cog mechanism built into the vertical frame of the shutter pane links all the louvers together. Moving one louver with your hand means all the louvers open and close together.
The hidden tilt rod tends to work best where windows and shutter panels are small and you don’t want things to look too cluttered, while they also allow for an unobstructed view. However the off set tilt rod option is often a good compromise and keeps the “look” of plantation shutters.
If your shutter panel is over 48″ tall, we recommend a split hidden tilt rod which has the advantage of allowing you to close the lower louvers for privacy while the upper louvers remain open.
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