Best Hardwood For DIY Shutters?

If you’re looking into buy some new shutters for your home, you’ll probably know by now, there a multitude of different materials available.

And while the Mdf and Pvc options are pretty straightforward choices, the Hardwood option can be a little vague.  Exactly which type of hardwood is on offer?

It’s an important question you need to ask before making your purchase.

The most common types of hardwood used to make shutters are teak, basswood, poplar and paulownia (aka phoenix wood).

So which one’s best?

Well that can depend on your particular circumstances, eg what width is your window? would you like a paint or stain finish? is durability an important factor?

Let’s take a look at each hardwood individually.

Teak

  • Premium quality material and probably the best
  • Strong and durable for everyday use
  • Suitable for both paint and stain finish
  • Available in shapes including arches, circles etc
  • Priced at the top end of the market

Basswood

  • Excellent durable material for constructing shutters
  • Lightweight and stable for bi-fold panels
  • Suitable for both paint and stain finish
  • Available in shapes including arches, circles etc
  • Moderately priced & widely used among US manufacturers

Poplar

  • Very similar qualities to basswood
  • Not suitable for staining due to unattractive grain
  • Generally only available in standard rectangle and triangle shapes
  • Ideal for everyday household use
  • Excellent value for money

Paulownia/Phoenix

  • Extremely lightweight and suitable for wider openings
  • Suitable for both paint and stain finish
  • Available in shapes including arches, circles etc
  • Very low durability and very susceptible to dents and scratches
  • Not suitable for busy households or frequent everyday use

So in summary, if it’s a good quality hardwood shutter you’re looking for at an affordable price, you won’t go too far wrong with either the Basswood or Poplar option.

If you want to push the boat out, go for the Teak.  You won’t be disappointed!

Steer clear of the Paulownia/Phoenix option unless none of the others will work for you.  At Shutterplus, we no longer offer it due to negative feedback received from customers.

Please contact me if you have any queries on the above or on diy shutters in general!

Posted by Hugo Clancy. 27 January 2017

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