Medium Density Fiberboard Cabinets

MDF Cabinets

It is a type of composite wood known as medium-density fiberboard, or MDF for short. A premium composite material, it is an excellent alternative to solid wood in many areas, and it is a new generation product. MDF is manufactured by using discarded wood fibers and resin, which are pressed into thick, uniform sheets after they have been machine-dried. In addition to being made with recycled materials, it is an environmentally friendly building.

Depending on its density, size, glue type, moisture content, wood species, and thickness, engineered wood can be classified into various types. Thickness and density determine the price of MDF. Most of the time, it is used to construct cabinet doors.

Pros and cons of MDF Cabinets

Pros

Considering MDF cabinet doors as an alternative to solid wood cabinet doors can be a smart idea if you don't want your kitchen to have solid wood cabinets. In spite of its reputation as a cheap alternative in kitchen remodels, wooden cabinet doors may not be the right choice in every case.

Available in larger sizes

A suitable choice for a project that requires a large chunk of wood without any joints is MDF.

Economical

You can save money with medium-density fiberboard. The product is still as strong in the kitchen or bathroom even at a lower price. With proper maintenance, it can last for a very long time. This is due to the fact that it combines all colors nicely. In fact, the molecular structure of the product can reduce product consumption.

Less cracking and warping

As humidity and temperature change , MDF does not crack or go out of shape. As the board expands and contracts, it moves as a unit instead of having different elements working against each other. It is unlikely that your doors will be dented in these two areas.

Protects against fire

Fire guards are best made from fire-resistant MDF. Although it is popular in commercial areas, it can also be used at home primarily for kitchen and bedroom fire protection.

Cons

A scratch cannot be easily repaired

MDF cabinet doors should be installed with care due to their nature. Once scrapped, it cannot be reconditioned. The patch up needs to be done quickly, as even small cracks or cuts will deteriorate the structure of the shell. Perhaps, you’ll have to apply an identical stain to conceal the crack, use putty to fill up deep scratches, or even replace the door.

Works poorly in extreme heat

It is possible for a product's core materials to break down when exposed to excess heat. As a result, it might become damaged beyond repair and need to be replaced. As a result, outdoor furniture cannot be made from this material.

Emit VOCs

A number of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released into the atmosphere by MDF products, including urea-formaldehyde. These VOCs present a threat to public health for at least several months after manufacturing. If the products are painted and sealed, formaldehyde emissions will be almost nonexistent .