Medium density fibreboard cabinets (MDF)
MDF is a high-grade composite material made from recycled wood fibers and resin. It’s CNC-milled under high pressure, often in one-piece frames with the center cut out for the recessed panel. The dense and heavy product is nearly synonymous with IKEA cabinetry, as, over the years, the Scandinavian company has cornered the world supply for their various kitchen collections. MDF attracts consumers because of its resistance to cracking and peeling — meaning it’s super easy to paint over. Quality-wise, it’s between plywood and particleboard.
- Even Grain. Because MDF is composed of small particles of wood fibre mixed with wax and resins, it has a smooth, even grain.
- Stability. MDF will not expand and contract as much as natural wood with fluctuations in your home’s relative humidity. As a result, it will be less prone to warping.
- Paintability. Cabinets made of MDF take paint nicely, and may be repainted whenever you wish.
- Flexible Styling. Medium density fibreboard is easy to craft into a variety of kitchen cabinets styles.
- When exposed to moisture, MDF can warp easily
- Dense and heavy, making it harder to hold screws