How Do I Move the Plantation Shutter Louvers? Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved easily by tilting them up or down. Usually, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters lets you adjust the louvers. To move the louvers with your hand, we propose buying shutters with hidden tilt-rods or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary feel.