What the panel MDF- advantages and disadvantages of the medium

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You've probably heard of a building material called "MDF", and you may be a vague idea of ​​what it is you. But is it that you are right or you are wrong? In this article, we will clarify the concept of MDF, will examine the process of manufacture and weigh some of its advantages and disadvantages compared to solid wood and other materials for furniture construction.

All about MDF- panel manufacturing, the pros and cons

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In fact MDF is an acronym from the English appellation Medium Density Fiberboard or medium-density fibreboard. Technically, it is a composite material of wood fiber average density and a synthetic binder. However, MDF has become a generic term for any fibreboard got dry.

The MDF has many great aesthetic veneers

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The manufacturing process of an MDF panel comprises a plurality of more or less complex operations. Very simplified, the method is as follows: wood is reduced deciduous trees and softwood chips between 5 and 40 mm. After defibering at steam is added binders and after drying the mixture is pressed into panels, cooled and the formate.

Through its various finishes, MDF can mimic many materials

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MDF board is somewhat similar to the agglomerate (the main material of the IKEA furniture), although the MDF is much more dense and sturdy. For this reason, over the years, many large-scale furniture manufacturers have turned to the MDF for mass production of their veneers.

What are the advantages of MDF compared to the massive and other materials?

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In contrast to solid wood, MDF board is an isotropic material. That means it has the same properties in 3 dimensions. Natural wood fibers, knots and rings which makes it less uniform with respect to the MDF.

Wall office with storage of vintage spirit in oak veneered MDF, pearl gray and matte red

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MDF panel can be cut with high precision without risking broken. In addition, it is able to withstand changes in humidity and temperature better than solid wood.

A MDF furniture market is better than solid wood

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MDF panels can be easily laminated, glued together or assembled by trunnions. In some cases, it is relatively easy to paint / decorate.

The strengths and faiblisses MDF compared to other materials

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The MDF is less expensive than solid wood. Of course, some of medium density fibreboard panels are more expensive than others and the price of the massif may also vary widely depending on the type of wood and its quality.

The light MDF panel is perfect for the manufacture of wall shelves

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In general, the MDF board is flat and smooth surface. The fibers are pressed closely together to create a compact material, it is therefore not completely uniform, but it is very homogeneous. This quality makes it perfect MDF same decoration for thin veneers.

Forklift practical and nice bar in MDF light and easy to move

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The dimensions of MDF are constant, unlike solid wood, which can expand and contract due to variations in temperature, humidity etc. This consistency is largely due to its composite isotropic properties.

The MDF is easily cut into various shapes in split

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MDF board can be environmentally when using recycled wood in the process of manufacture. However this is not the common case, which brings us to the disadvantages of MDF and "cons" most cited by his opponents.

What are the disadvantages of the MDF?

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MDF board often comes ready to use, however, the primer is not usually enough if you want to paint it then, especially with latex paint. The latter is quickly absorbed by the panel, despite the primer, resulting in no uniform color painting.

Wall mounted MDF bottles shaped like the map of Italy

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Although MDF supports changes in humidity, it is susceptible to swelling and rupture if it is directly exposed to water and becomes saturated. (E.g., MDF baseboards in flooded apartment, water spilled on a convenient etc.).

Clock and wall decoration in green veneered MDF panel and matte orange

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The MDF is generally not resistant to moisture and, therefore, tends to deform or expand when it is raw. It should be well sealed on all sides, and even then it must be regularly re-sealed. That is why the MDF is mainly intended for indoor use.

MDF tends to dull the blades faster your instruments

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Cutting and sawing MDF tends to dull the blades faster your instruments, compared to working with solid wood. This is largely due to the extreme density of the panel MDF- blades therefore cut through a larger mass relative to the mass.

coffee tables various forms of glass, solid wood, metal and MDF

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MDF can be very heavy. Because of the glues and resins used it is denser than plywood or chipboard. This can play a negative role with regard to certain construction applications. However, MDF remains lighter than solid wood.

MDF is denser than plywood or chipboard, but lighter than solid

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The last drawback to mention is that the surface of the MDF board can crack when it is screwed. Yet it does not tend to crack along the sides, as is the case with natural wood.

Vintage Chest of mind

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Now that you are familiar with the pros and cons of the MDF, see how it fits into the contemporary interior. As you have noted, it does not leave behind the charming assets of solid wood. Here's the proof: a convenient vintage that adorns a sequence of multicolored drawers for an insured graphic effect. Ideal to complete your collection of retro furniture, this piece of old installs as easily in the living room as the dining room or bedroom.

artisanal Library to define the space

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The multifunctional nature of this library seduced as much as his pace a bit aristocratic. Here, she performs the role of a space separator which defines the seating area. From wood effect lacquer and a little motivation widely enough for the MDF panels are adorned with the nobility of solid wood. Let's play with the sweetness of the oak, the audacity of mahogany and pine tenderness.

The MDF does not leave behind the aesthetic appearance of wood

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You are renewing the furniture in your living room and you are looking for a side table, both aesthetic and compact, that will not cost you anything? In this case, orient yourself a faux wood furniture in the image of this little side table with a MDF frame and a black lacquered tray.

Who says the MDF could not comply with current trends!

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The contemporary lounge has everything to please fans of minimalism. Sober colors, graphics and aesthetic rigorous forms were at the origin of this range of furniture that, despite appearances, has been made with simple MDF. If you have not yet succumbed to the charm of this material affordable in terms of price, it's time to discover its many metamorphoses through the kitchen of the photo below.

The contemporary kitchen is heavily in MDF

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There is no obstacle for superior quality panels to perform the functions of a kitchen that has everything good. Do not be reluctant to offer you a range of storage furniture MDF. Choose a trusted brand which is, in a way, guarantee of longevity and superior quality.

* Please note that the gallery also contains materials differing furniture MDF


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