How Long Does It Take To Install Shutters in Chicago? The entire plantation shutter process, beginning with your initial consultation through putting your shutters in, will take around four to six weeks on average. The reason it takes this long is because we strive to build shutters that are perfectly customized to every facet of your windows. To do that, we need to take exact measurements, utilize advanced software to design your shutters, assemble your custom shutters manually, and get them to you prior to installation. Shutters made from real wood typically take longer than Polywood due to the extra steps needed to stain and treat the wood.It will take a little time, but it’s a wait that’s definitely worth it.