So, you’ve made the commitment to transform your home with some perfect shutters, but now you have to choose between wood or MDF Shutters and you’re asking yourself where do I start? Shutup Shutters is here to shed some light on the differences between the two, as well as some of the advantages and disadvantages you can expect in order to make a more informed decision.

First of all, in the world of interior shutters, these two materials are the most commonly used. Wood is mainly basswood, while MDF stands for medium-density fireboard, and is a man-made wood. Now, let’s look at them both individually.

Wood Shutters


  • More flexible than MDF – wooden shutters can be fitted to odd-sized windows
  • Lighter than MDF – making them considerably better than MDF for bigger windows such as balcony doors/french doors and easier to use
  • Colours and finishes – available in a large range of both colours and finishes, therefore enabling complete customisation
  • Variety of woods available – this includes pine, oak, cedar and more
  • Natural and organic – making the shutters appear authentic and traditional


  • More expensive than MDF
  • Not suitable for rooms which have a tendency of being humid, unlike MDF
  • Will appear worn sooner – due to not having a plastic coating like MDF, wood will appear worn sooner as it is more susceptible to moisture

MDF Shutters 


  • Cheaper than wood – due to their non-authentic nature, MDF shutters tend to be significantly cheaper than wood
  • Will last longer – finished with a polymer coating making them hard-wearing and resistant to superficial damage such as scratches
  • Look real – many people are unable to tell the difference between wood and MDF shutters
  • Available in different shades of white
  • Easier to clean – since they are coated with plastic, rather than paint, MDF shutters are much easier to wide clean if needed
  • Immune to moisture, unlike wood shutters


  • Not available in colour – therefore unable to completely customise
  • Heavier than wood – more difficult to install, and not recommended for bigger windows such as balcony doors/french doors

When it comes to choosing the perfect shutter material for your home, the choice is mainly down to preference. However, if your window would best suit a specific material, our experts will let you know upon consultation. It’s also important to add that your material choice won’t limit your customisation (aside from colours), with either material you are still able to choose louvre size, hinge colour and any extra touches. 

If you would like any further information in regards to choosing between wood and MDF Shutters, please contact the team at Shutup Shutters today. If you’d like to see some of our 5* reviews, please visit our Facebook page