How Do I Move the Plantation Shutter Louvers? Your plantation shutter slats – or louvers – can be moved effortlessly by pushing them up or down. Usually, 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 suggest buying shutters with hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods. This gives your shutters a clean, contemporary feel.