The Difference Between MDF & Solid Wood Cabinets
MDF, or medium-density fiberboard, is a man-made board product that does not occur naturally.
So, what is it composed of if it's not made of genuine wood? It's a blend of wood wax, fiber, and resin that's often used for bathroom cabinets due to its low cost.
What are the advantages? MDF is a relatively stable material that is less likely to warp or twist. If you reside in a location with high humidity fluctuations, you may find that the wood in your home begins to alter form or fracture. The advantage of MDF wood is that it does not warp… as long as it is not damaged or has a shattered paint finish! More on that later.
MDF&Solid-Wood Veneer Free-standing Cabinet
What about the disadvantages? There are a few significant drawbacks of MDF that you should be aware of. For starters, MDF is typically weaker than natural wood and frequently fails to retain screws and nails adequately over extended periods. Furthermore, when exposed to water, high temperatures and the wear and tear of daily living, this type of material is quickly ruined (dents, bumps, scratches, dings).
Which Is Better for Cabinet: Solid Wood Or MDF?
The general consensus is that solid wood is stronger, sturdier, and lasts longer than MDF. MDF is seen as a less expensive and flimsier alternative to genuine wood. However, as previously said, both solid wood and MDF have advantages and disadvantages.
Solid wood is a natural product, whereas MDF is frequently referred to as “engineered wood.” MDF is used for particular components such as door center panels, while solid wood is used for cabinet box construction.
Both real wood and MDF are significant when it comes to bathroom cabinets. While real wood provides a strong, sturdy, long-lasting finish, MDF provides a smooth finish.
MDF is more resistant to variations in temperature and humidity than solid wood. When temperatures and humidity rise and fall, solid wood expands and shrinks both horizontally and vertically. As a result, painted cabinets and solid wood components will most likely have cracks at the joints.
MDF, unlike actual wood, does not bend or break when temperatures and humidity fluctuate. This is one of the primary reasons that MDF is employed as door center panels in painted cabinets.
MDF&Solid-Wood Free-standing Cabinet
Have we persuaded you that there is no obvious winner in the battle between solid wood and MDF? Neither is a superior product. Both have advantages as well as drawbacks. When integrated into cabinet doors for painted cabinets, MDF clearly outperforms real wood.
With its individual grain patterns, knots, and pinholes, Mother Nature's solid wood will always be the ideal choice for bathroom cabinetry. However, MDF center panels are required to eliminate cracks in the painted finish at the seams of your five-piece cabinet doors.
Both types of wood are good and we cannot declare any one of them the ultimate winner. This is because they both have their pros and cons. There are situations where one is better than the other. But when it comes to cabinet doors, we highly recommend MDF Wood. It provides far more benefits than solid wood.
If you are in the process of giving your bathroom an upgrade, consider choosing MDF cabinets. As always, we are here to help with anything. Contact us with any questions and queries on using MDF in your home.