How Do I Move the Plantation Shutter Louvers? Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved simply by tilting them up or down. Most commonly, a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutters gives you control over the louvers. If you want 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 appearance.