MDF board: All you need to know about this engineered wood product

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The full form of MDF is Medium Density Fibreboard. The name of the MDF board comes from the difference in the densities of fibreboard. Among the numerous applications of the material, the most popular one these days is MDF jali design. In addition, MDF board price depends on multiple factors like grade, finishing- laminated or veneered, thickness, etc.

MDF developed as a substitute for solid wood by utilizing the huge waste of wood chips and sawdust produced by lumber mills.

Large-scale mass production of MDF boards began in the 1980s. Today, MDF boards have become a bankable option for builders, woodworkers, and for the features they offer.

 

If you want to buy top-quality MDF boards from the best brands at the most competitive price, click on the link given below to check your options and submit your inquiries:

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This article aims to shed on the following aspects related to MDF boards:

 

 

Composition and Processing of MDF Boards

MDF is generally made up of 82% wood fibre, 9% urea-formaldehyde resin glue, 8% water, and 1% paraffin wax.

It is made by breaking down and crushing hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres, and then combining it with wax and resin binder.

The density of MDF is typically between 500 kg/m3 (31 lb/ft3) and 1,000 kg/m3 (62 lb/ft3). It is denser than other woods because of the presence of heavy resins.

This material is turned into panels by pressing it together under high temperature and high-pressure conditions, often using a defibrator.

After the formation of the MDF board, professionals sand it down to smooth irregularities and give it a soft finish. Oil, varnishes, and paints may then be coated over the board. Moreover, the finishing of MDF boards sometimes requires laminates and veneers.

For better-quality MDF Boards, add more wood fibres to the container.

This forms almost the same board but with a higher density. The quality and finish of this board are also superior.

 

Advantages of MDF Board

There are several advantages provided by an MDF Board:-

  • More flexible than other types of wood
  • Used for curved surfaces because of its ability to be shaped easily
  • Stable dimensions that will not expand or contract unlike natural wood
  • A less expensive option than natural wood
  • Consistent in strength and properties along the whole surface
  • Dense, flat, and stiff
  • Has no knots
  • Does not exhibit an easily recognizable surface grain due to the presence of fine particles in it
  • Painted MDF produces a smooth surface
  • Because MDF has no grain it can be cut, drilled, machined, and filed without damaging the surface
  • MDF can be glued with PVA wood glue
  • High pull-out strength on the surface

 

Disadvantages of the MDF Board

As much as there are pros to using the MDF Board, there are cons to it too and it’s better to be aware in order to make an informed decision:-

  • Low-grade MDF may swell and break when saturated with water
  • Flexibility may cause it to warp or expand in humid environments, if not sealed
  • May release formaldehyde, which is a known human carcinogen and may cause allergy, eye, and lung irritation when cutting and sanding
  • MDF cutting tools become dull easily
  • Screwing into the edge of a board

 

Safety Precautions

MDF can be dangerous to use if the correct safety precautions are not taken. Hence, here are some important points to remember while working with MDF:-

  • MDF contains a substance called urea-formaldehyde and releases it when cutting MDF and sanding it.
  • Proper ventilation is required when using it and facemasks are needed when sanding or cutting MDF with machinery.
  • The dust produced when machining MDF is very dangerous. Therefore, wear masks and goggles at all times.
  • The edges of MDF cutters will blunt very quickly because of the glue in MDF. Tungsten carbide-edged MDF cutter will prevent dulling.
  • Screws and nails can be used on MDF. However, there is the possibility of split edges. The screws should be at a maximum distance of 25mm from the edge.
  • The surface of MDF releases urea-formaldehyde.
  • When painting MDF, it is a good idea to coat the entire MDF sheet, panel, or board to contain the urea-formaldehyde.
  • Wax and oil finishes are great finishing options but they don’t contain urea-formaldehyde effectively.
  • Phenol-formaldehyde is a good alternative because it does not release urea-formaldehyde.

 

Types of MDF Board

MDF boards are differentiated along with a number of factors, such as:-

 

On the basis of features

MDF boards come in three different varieties on the basis of specific features- moisture resistant, fire retardant, and ultra- MDF board.

  • The moisture-resistant MDF boards are suitable for wet areas such as bathrooms. It is marked by green stamps on the board edges.
  • Fire retardant MDF boards are used in kitchens. It is marked as a red or blue stamp on the product edges.
  • Ultra- MDF board weighs approximately 30 percent less than standard MDF board. They are used where weight is a factor of consideration, for example, in furniture.

 

On the basis of finishing

 

Veneered MDF

Manufactured from high-quality wood veneers attached to medium density fibreboards, the veneered MDF Board gives a more natural appearance to wood.

That is why today’s builders substitute solid wood with veneered MDF.

This board is made by wrapping a 1-2 mm thick hardwood around the MDF board using heat and pressure.

MDF veneered boards need more care and maintenance than laminates.

These can be used in offices, conference halls, and walls.

Generally, Veneered MDF is a more cost-effective option since the veneer coat protects the fibreboard and makes it safe for usage.

 

Laminated MDF

The unique surface finish of laminate makes this MDF type a great substitute for plywood.

The laminate coating is an additional layer added to the fibreboard surface making it scratch-resistant and highly durable.

Depending on your requirement, the board can be laminated on one side or both sides.

Laminate MDF boards are extensively used in partitions, panels, cupboard shutters, doors, tabletops, etc.

 

Grades of MDF Boards

MDF board is available in two grades.

Most MDF can be broken down into:-

  • Grade- It refers to the MDF board suitable for use in applications
  • Exterior Grade- It refers to the board suitable for exterior applications. It is packed with features like moisture and heat resistance to combat weather.

 

Applications of MDF Boards

MDF Boards cater to a number of purposes. MDF is primarily used for indoor applications due to its poor moisture resistance.

It is available in raw form, with a finely sanded surface, or with a decorative overlay.

MDF boards are popular in the following areas of application:-

  • It may be used to make -panels
  • For flooring purposes
  • MDF has a strong surface and, hence, is usable for such as cabinets and storage units
  • In modular kitchens
  • MDF jali designs are a valuable add-on for decorative ceilings and

 

MDF Designs

With a wide range of application areas comes a myriad variety of MDF designs:-

 

MDF jali designs for ceiling

 

MDF jali for ceiling grill
Jali to amp up the ceiling

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MDF jali is an appealing option for the home. It is a brilliant MDF idea.

This MDF adds exquisite detailing to an otherwise dull bedroom ceiling.

 

MDF board white cornices

MDF cornices look great adorning the walls of your home. They add a royal and luxurious touch to the home.

white mdf cornice
Cornice

Image Source: Silver Springs Woodworks

a white MDF cornice for grey walls
A carved cornice to make a statement

Image Source: FrenchyFancy

 

A plain white cornice outlines any area with a pleasing simplicity.

 

Checkered MDF board flooring

 

black and white mdf board flooring
Classic black and white flooring pattern

Image Source: Armstrong Flooring

 

This soothing and classic black & white combination is a great idea for MDF Board flooring.

Black works magically with this predominantly neutral-toned room.

 

MDF jali door

 

golden mdf jali for door
Exquisite jali for a dark-stained door

Image Source: Civil Engineering Discoveries

 

As mentioned above, MDF jali designs are an attractive option for doors.

This symmetrical pattern makes the entrance to your stand out from the mundane.

 

High-gloss cabinets

 

faux wood cupboards in high gloss finish
Immaculate with glossy cabinetry

Image Source: Deco Group

 

This modular has a dominant presence of laminated MDF for furniture.

This combines a rustic aesthetic with a modern set-up.

 

Paintable MDF bath

 

paintable mdf 1 piece bath panel
Paintable bath panel in medium-density fibreboard

Image Source: bathpanelstore

 

The blush pink exterior of this bathtub made of MDF panels is eye-catching.

A waterproof MDF board is the best choice for furniture.

 

Textured MDF panels for wall

 

mdf wood panel
Geometric wood panel to add depth to space

Image Source: Walmart

 

MDF can be shaped to resemble a horizontal or vertical striped pattern.

A vertical pattern gives the illusion of length to a while the MDF texture adds to the style quotient.

 

MDF board for bathroom furniture

 

mdf board bathroom drawer vanity unit
MDF board to add character to your

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For obvious reasons, a waterproof MDF board is the best choice for cabinets.

They make for sturdy and stylish accessories.

 

3D MDF paneling

 

3d mdf panel
Geometric three-dimensional panel

Image Source: Chronicle

 

This MDF paneling is exquisite. It makes your seem three-dimensional and gives it an artistic look.

 

Statement MDF panel

 

jaali wall for bedroom with concealed lighting
An artistic and appealing MDF jali for the bedroom

Image Source: Wattpad

 

Emphasize your bed with this MDF jali design panel. It adds elegance to your bedroom.

 

MDF board TV table

 

faux wood tv table
Statement-making TV

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For a more classic feel, opt for an MDF board TV instead of getting it -hung.

The drawers provide additional space for one to store their Blu-Ray stack!

 

Painted MDF board cabinet

 

green painted kitchen cabinets
Classic cabinets in saturated, natural tones of green

Image Source: This Old House

 

This kind of cabinet is perfect for the workspace. It is stylish in a subtle way due to the presence of two complementary colors.

 

MDF board black cornices

 

matte black wall with black cornicles
Black on white for a certainly bold

Image Source: Shutterfly

 

If you thought that only neutral shades would work on cornices, you are in for a surprise!

MDF wood cornices look just as stately in a matte black finish.

 

Mdf jali for mandir

 

mdf jali for mandir
Modern enclosed jali using MDF panel

Image Source: Venetian

 

If you want an enclosed but visible space for your place of worship, then MDF wood panels along with an MDF jail will do the trick.

 

MDF jali designs for mandir

 

mdf jali for mandir
Magnificent MDF jali for mandir

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This slidable MDF sheet is a great option to lower the cost. You don’t need to invest in multiple sheets- just the one would do.

Also, the MDF jali makes the temple look beautiful.

 

MDF wood panel top

 

wood table top with mdf board
Faux wood to keep up the minimalist theme

Image Source: Article

 

The dining room can be upgraded to a wooden exterior with MDF tops for the metal and chairs.

 

MDF wooden floor

 

wooden floor
Wooden flooring for a rustic look

Image Source: About Flooring

 

These MDF sheets replicate the look of a wooden and make for a warm atmosphere.

 

Simple MDF paneling for walls

 

MDF board panelling on wall
Simple MDF panel with concealed storage space

Image Source: Pinterest

 

The plain blue vertical grid look of this MDF panel is classy and looks great in a study room.

 

MDF sheet partition

 

partition wall design using MDF sheet
Partition using MDF sheet

Image Source: Civil Engineering Discoveries

 

Decorative MDF sheets are art pieces unto themselves. This MDF for partition adds to the overall look of the living room.

 

Movable MDF panels for partitions

 

timber look MDF sliding panel
Movable MDF partition panel

Image Source: ArchiExpo

 

These efficient sliding MDF save space that would be needed to allow the opening of the door.

 

MDF Board Brands

 

ASIS

ASIS Exterior Grade MDF offers uniform thickness and a homogeneous structure.

These boards are high on moisture resistance, termite resistance, borer, and fungus resistance also. Moreover, these boards are eco-friendly and possess very low levels of formaldehyde emissions.

ASIS pre-laminated MDF is available in 43 contemporary designs and colors with 2 distinct finishes namely suede and matte.

They are available in Grade I (exterior MDF); Grade II ( MDF); one-side laminated; both-side laminated; one-side bare; both-side balancing variants.

 

Action Tesa

Action Tesa MDF boards have the best routing characteristics due to special German used to press the boards in a way so that compression pressure can reach its core.

Thus, the core is densified which is required for high-quality routing.

  • grade plain and pre-laminated MDF
  • Exterior grade plain and pre-laminated MDF

 

Century Prowud

Century Prowud MDF is borer, termite, fungus, and highly moisture resistant. Additionally, it is made with a higher density, and to a higher standard.

These products are perfect for creating durable of all shapes and sizes, as well as stunning interiors of every design.

The brand offers the following two ranges in MDF boards:-

  • Densified Water-resistant board
  • Densified Range

 

Vir MDF Board

Vir MDF, from the house of Rushil Décor, is a new-age product, a great alternative to solid wood and plywood. Also, it is a favorite of OEMs, SCPs, and conventional wood manufacturers across India.

Vir products are as follows:-

  • Grade
  • Exterior Grade
  • Grade Decorative
  • Exterior Grade Decorative

 

Archidply

Archidply MDF is extensively used in partitions, panels, false ceilings, cupboard shutters, and panel door inserts, among others.

Products from this brand are:-

  • Prelaminated MDF Board
  • Plain MDF Board
  • Pre-veneered MDF Board

 

Duratuff

DURATUFF MDF boards find application in both and exterior decoration & making.

They provide the following products:-

  • Pre-lam Grade
  • Pre-lam Exterior Grade
  • Plain Exterior Grade
  • Plain Grade

 

Price and Sizes of MDF Boards

Good quality MDF Board price ranges from Rs 40 per square foot to Rs 120 per square foot. Also, the laminated MDF board price is higher than the plain MDF board price. The MDF Board price highly depends on the thickness and grade of the material.

The standard size of MDF boards across most brands is 2440mm (8 ft) x 1220mm (4 ft). Thus, the MDF Board price is also standardized.

Other variants of size are available as per specifications. Thus, the MDF Board price also slightly varies.

 

MDF Boards are available in a great range of thicknesses from 5 mm to 30 mm, as per the application.

Sr. No. Brands Grades Sizes Thickness
1. VIR MDF and Exterior 8 ft x 4 ft 7.5mm, 7.8 mm, 8 mm, 9 mm, 11mm, 12mm, 15mm, 16.7 mm, 17mm, 18mm, 22mm, 25mm, 30 mm
2. Archiply MDF and Exterior 8 ft x 4 ft, 8 ft x 6 ft 5.5 mm, 8 mm, 9 mm, 11 mm, 12 mm, 16.7 mm, 17 mm, 18 mm, 25 mm
3. Action TESA MDF and Exterior 8 ft x 4 ft 5.5 mm, 7.5 mm, 8 mm, 11 mm, 12 mm, 15 mm, 16 mm, 17 mm, 18 mm, 25 mm
4. Pioneer Panel MDF and Exterior 8 ft x 4 ft 7.5 mm, 8 mm, 11 mm, 12 mm, 15 mm,17 mm, 18 mm, 25 mm
5. CROSSBOND MDF and Exterior 8 ft x 4 ft 7.5 mm, 9 mm, 11 mm, 12 mm, 15 mm,16 mm, 17 mm, 18 mm, 25 mm

 

Our MDF recommendations (Buy Here)

 

Century Prowud MDF Densified Range

CENTURY PROWUD MDF DENSIFIED INTERIOR RANGE

Woodmartshop Pre Laminated MDF Board

PRE LAMINATED MDF BOARD

B U Y  H E R E

 

VIR Grade MDF

VIR interior grade

B U Y  H E R E

 

 Mark Glam MDF Board

https://vir-mdf.com/mdf-board-manufacturer.html

B U Y  H E R E

 

Action Tesa Pre-Laminated MDF

Pre-Laminated MDF

B U Y  H E R E

 

Conclusion

MDF boards are the result of the pursuit of substitutes for natural wood. It aimed to make use of the high levels of waste produced by lumber mills.

In recent times, it has emerged as a sustainable building material.

Besides being a strong and sturdy material, an MDF board also offers great flexibility in design.

While there are many reasons for using MDF, there are also drawbacks. Major drawbacks include the release of formaldehyde as well as expanding and warping issues. However, it remains easy to overcome all of these drawbacks by taking precautionary measures.

Safety measures can minimize these problems to a significant extent.

The categorization of MDF boards into different types depends on their finish, their density, and their special features.

paneling, flooring, doors, cabinets, and other storage units mainly use MDF boards.

The designs and applications of MDF Boards are plenty.

If manufactured and installed correctly and with precision, MDF Boards are one of the best composite wood products on the market.

 

If you want to buy top-quality MDF boards from the best brands at the most competitive price, click on the link given below to check your options and submit your inquiries:

MDF

For more details, contact below:

Email: mukul.jain@buildingandinteriors.com

Mobile: +91 99676 32127

 

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