What is MDF?

When you are choosing materials for your custom kitchen or bathroom cabinets, it can be overwhelming. There are so many different options out there – and some of them may be unfamiliar.

In the first of a new regular blog series, we take an in-depth look at MDF. What is it? And is it a good choice for your custom cabinet designs?

What is MDF made of?

MDF actually stands for “medium-density fiberboard”. It is made from wood fibers, bound together with wax or resin. The mixture is heated to a very high temperature, and squeezed at high pressure so that it forms a smooth, strong sheet.

This process makes MDF much stronger and denser than other wood products like plywood or particle board. It doesn’t contain knots or rings like natural wood, so it is very easy to cut, and takes a coat of paint smoothly.

You can buy MDF in several different densities, depending on whether you want a lighter or heavier material. You can also find ultralight, moisture resistant, and fire retardant MDF.

Is MDF a good choice for cabinets?

MDF is popular with modern cabinet designers because it is so easy to work with. It can be cut to any size or shape, and finished with any color of paint or gloss.

More than anything else, MDF has a very strong surface. That makes it a great choice for cabinet doors, which are in constant use.

But MDF isn’t perfect. If you want to use MDF for bathroom cabinets, for example, you should choose a high-quality, moisture resistant MDF. Make sure that it is completely sealed to keep moisture out, or it can lose its shape.

Some people have a preference for natural wood instead, based on their personal taste or the rest of their interior design. Natural woods are much more expensive than MDF, but some people see them as an investment, because they last longer.

Watch out for our next post in this series, where we’ll investigate another popular material for custom cabinets.

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