MDF vs Wood

Whilst doing your initial research into choosing the best shutters for your home, you may have come across the two most popular types of materials. Wood and MDF. The difference between the two may not immediately be visually apparent and before making a financial commitment, you will need to find out which one is more suitable for you and your windows.

To give you a helping hand, we have put together a list covering frequently asked questions we address on a day-to-day basis. From aesthetics to price, we hope you find this useful in your research for the perfect shutters.


The vast majority of customers are unable to distinguish the difference between MDF and wood shutters due to their similar appearance. Therefore, the quality of finish is generally not a deciding factor.

Wood shutters can be painted in any colour and can be finished to colour match major paint brands including Farrow & Ball and Dulux, provided we have a RAL colour code. MDF shutters are available in 9 popular colours and wood shutters are available in over 50 colours and stains, and even more with our Custom Colour Match service!


Budget will no doubt play a key role when looking for shutters. MDF is highly popular due to its quality of finish, price and durability. MDF is generally 25% cheaper than wood. Wood will cost more due to the quality of the material itself, however at London Interior Shutters we advise what material is best suited for your design and the size of your windows.


MDF shutters are finished with a polymer coating which makes them extremely hardwearing and resistant to superficial damage such as scratches, chips and scrapes. MDF shall look great for many years with no need of re-painting.

Wood shutters which are always painted (no polymer coating), whilst they shall last for many years, may appear to wear sooner than MDF. However you have the option to re-paint them which you are unable to do with MDF shutters.

Is there a weight difference?

Wood shutters are considerably lighter than MDF and are recommended for larger windows. If MDF shutters are the preference due to budget, then you have the option of adding extra support. With MDF, there can be limitations on the design to ensure longevity, including bi-folding panels, the width or the height of panels – this is where we may recommend wood. As a rule of thumb, any window over 2m high is likely to require wood shutters.

What do we recommend?

As a simple rule, MDF is suitable for smaller windows. We would recommend wood for larger windows over 2m tall. Your selected shutter company shall advise what they recommend for your windows based upon size and design.