Standard MDF

Standard MDF boards are thinner than most other types of MDF so offer better flexibility but are also thick enough that they are still reasonably strong and rigid. The price, strength, flexibility and smooth surfaces mean MDF boards are extremely useful for a variety of projects. From moulding, routing and shuttering to other wooden construction projects you are likely to see this MDF used all over the place.

What is MDF?Developed in the US in early 1960, MDF stands for medium-density fibreboard. It is a revolutionary wood product made by breaking down different types of wood into fine fibres. The fibres are then combined with wax and other resins and binders to create panels using high pressure and heat. The final result of this process is tough wood panels that are denser and heavier than plywood with smooth surfaces that are easy to paint on to create a smart modern finish. It is easy to work with and can be bought at a reasonable price which has meant that it is as popular with large construction companies as it is for those with an interest in home DIY.

Common uses of standard MDF boards

You will see MDF boards similar to ours used for a variety of functions at home, work and in public. Here are some examples:

  • Furniture – the bottom and backs of sofas, cupboards and other storage units will often be made of standard MDF boards.
  • Shopfitting – shops need to create new interior designs to show off their projects that they can easily move later for different displays. MDF is often used as it is relatively well-priced, lightweight and easily-to-use material.
  • Wall panelling – a cheap and effective way to cover the wall and provide a smooth finish for painting or wallpaper.
  • Exhibition displays – just like shops, galleries will often use MDF to build displays that can be easily adjusted later on.
  • Public buildings – its cheapness means it is often used in public sector buildings. For example as wall panelling, partitions etc.
  • Toys Skirting panels – As MDF is easily cut and cheap to use many children’s toys will contain some MDF.
  • Architraves – to create clean finishes around doorways and other elements of interior design.
  • Window boards – to cover and secure broken windows.
  • Interior DIY – Although this MDF should not be exposed to water too often as the glue will eventually dissolve, it can be used for any DIY projects inside your home, from patching a wall to creating a table, bookcase or shelf.

The list above is by no means complete, there are many uses for this flexible and well-priced material. Overall, MDF has proven itself to be one of the most adaptable and durable modern-day materials that can be used for anything from house construction to building intricate toys. So, if you have a project which requires durable wood, smooth surfaces and you don’t want to spend too much money then MDF could be the perfect material for you. For any enquiries regarding our standard MDF range, please call us at Theo’s Timber Ltd on 0161 834 6996 or email any enquiries to

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