How Long Will It Take To Install Shutters in San Diego? The whole plantation shutter process, beginning with your in-home consultation through installation, usually takes around four to six weeks on average. The reason it takes this long is because we want to build shutters that are completely customized to your windows. To do that, we need to take precise measurements, utilize sophisticated software to design them, assemble your custom shutters by hand, and get them to your home for installation. Real wood shutters tend to take longer than faux wood because of the staining and finishing process.It does take a little time, but it’s a wait that’s definitely worth it.