MDF finds its most common use in kitchen cabinets. Most kitchen cabinets comprise of both solid wood and MDF elements. MDF is usually found on the doors and interior paneling for the reasons stated above (easier to paint, easier to clean, does not warp and so on). But it is not just the kitchen where MDF finds its use.
MDF vs Wood Cabinet Doors: Which One is Better? When it comes to kitchen cabinets, both solid wood and MDF boards play an equally important role in their own merit. While solid wood makes the cabinets sturdy and durable, MDF (especially doors and shelves) offer smoother finisher and tougher resistance to humid temperatures.
Wood cabinets are not recommended for areas of the home that are subject to high humidity. Because they are subject to contracting, solid wood doors require a higher degree of care and maintenance. MDF, on the other hand performs much better in a variety of different environments. For painted cabinet doors, MDF tends to be the more popular choice.
The MDF vs wood is very consistent and moves as a unit so there is very little chance of shrinking and cracking. McFadden’s does a great job of making these doors. Possibly the biggest advantage to MDF vs wood is cost. A painted wood kitchen would typically cost about 15-20% more than the exact same door style in MDF.
My customer wants a flat panel door style with an applied molding and the doors and cabinets will be painted. He perceives solid wood with reverse raise to be higher quality than a "thick" MDF panel for the reverse raise. The doormaker thinks MDF is better because of wood movement issues with regards to paint.
I just watched your video on MDF vs Solid Wood for painted cabinet doors. The speaker did not address how mdf responds to nicks, scratches and other such damage. How does the homeowner repair? And what does the damage look like when this occurs vs. wood.
MDF cabinets weigh more than real wood cabinets. The difference can be substantial if overhead cabinets are hung from rafters or soffits. In some instances, extra bracing should be used for MDF cabinets. Some MDF doors such as pantry doors, which can be full-length, require extra hinges to support the weight, as well as longer, bigger hinge screws.
Solid wood boards typically expand and contract both horizontally and vertically when temperatures and humidity rise and fall. Because of this, cabinets, doors and paneling made from solid wood require care and maintenance. In the construction of cabinet doors that will get painted, MDF definitely outperforms solid wood.
MDF is an abbreviation for Medium Density Fiberboard. People tend to look down on MDF and automatically assume solid wood is the better choice. MDF vs Solid Wood. Of course, solid wood, like anything has its pros and cons. The benefits of solid wood: it’s strong, sturdy, and features a beautiful natural look to it with grain patterns.