How Do I Move the Plantation Shutter Louvers? Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved without difficulty by tilting them up or down. Generally, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters lets you adjust the louvers. If you would like to move the louvers with your hand, we advise buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary look.