How Do I Move the Plantation Shutter Louvers? Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved simply by tilting them up or down. Generally, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters allows you to adjust the louvers. If you want to move the louvers with your hand, we recommend buying shutters with hidden tilt-rods or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary appearance.