Medium-density fibreboard, or MDF, is a type of composite material that is used in commercial and domestic construction projects.
A mixture of wood fibre, resin and wax is subjected to intense pressures in order to form a versatile building product that is used to construct cupboards, shelves and other types of storage container. MDF, a denser material than particle board as well as certain types of plywood, comes in a variety of grades and thicknesses.
Is HDF superior to MDF?
High-density fibreboard, also known as HDF, is sometimes regarded as a superior product to MDF but these two building materials are best suited to different types of construction project. HDF, while denser than MDF, is the thinner of the two products and is better at backing furniture than bearing heavy loads. MDF is a superior insulating material to HDF which makes it more effective at building speaker boxes, soundproofing rooms and keeping the house warm during Winter.
Can MDF be used to build wardrobes?
Wardrobes can be built from MDF sheets as can cabinets, cupboards, doors and various other types of indoor furniture. The smooth and even surface of MDF makes it suitable for veneering and the addition of a tropical hardwood veneer, such as teak or mahogany, can enhance the aesthetic appeal of MDF wardrobes. MDF suppliers, such as Theo’s Timber Ltd, sell MDF panels in different grades and thicknesses that can be used to build wardrobes.
Is plywood more expensive than MDF?
Engineered wood products, such as plywood and MDF, come in a variety of grades and consumers can expect to pay a premium price for the best that the market has to offer. The quality of plywood varies, just as some types of MDF are superior to others, but the best plywood products cost more than high grade MDF. Building with MDF is, for the most part, cheaper than using plywood and an excellent choice for those working on a tight budget.
Is MDF made from recycled materials?
A common question asked of MDF suppliers is whether or not this building material, made from organic fibres that are separated from wood chips by a thermomechanical pulping machine, is manufactured from recycled materials. There is an increasing trend, due to environmental concerns, to make MDF from scrap wood as well as other waste materials such as straw and even paper.