If you have decided to renovate or give your kitchen a makeover, cabinet material is the first thing you need. There is a lot of variety of materials available in the market. And with a little research, it won’t be hard to find the perfect material for your kitchen. Cabinets play an important role in the appearance and performance of your kitchen. Spacious cabinets would allow you to store more material. We all know that solid wood can expand and contract so, it may not be suitable for cabinetry. Engineered wood is more in demand due to its durability and cost-effectiveness.
The most common materials used are MDF, plywood, particleboard, and rarely stainless steel. If you decided to use wood as the main, your next decision should be determining the type of wood. There are a handful of options available in the market for you to explore. From maple wood to cherry wood to oak wood, and from plywood to MDF, there are plenty.
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Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF)
MDF is a high-end composite material created from recycled wood and its resins. MDF is generally thicker than plywood and stronger than the particleboard. It is known to have poor moisture resistance; that is why indoor projects are a suitable option. It can resist cracks and peelings, which makes it worth using. Its easier to do a paint job on the MDF. It does not contain knots hence making it easier to cut as compared to natural woods. There are three major types of MDF. MDF cabinets can cost you somewhere around $2000-$8000 depending on the area you live in.
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Cons of Using MDF Includes:
- Denser than plywood and particleboard.
- Hard to cut as compared to other forms of wood.
- It takes the paint and wood glue very well.
- Easy to shape.
Has the ability to wrap and expand in humidity if not sealed.
It is known to discharge formaldehyde that’s a known human carcinogen. It can cause lung irritation, respiratory issues, and eye allergy during cutting.
Low-grade MDF may swell if it gets in connection with water.
It is a mixture of MDF and particleboard. Many Manufactures are pushing towards producing plywood because of its low production cost. It is highly resistant to moisture and has greater stability as compared to MDF. Plywood can create curved surfaces because it can easily bend with the grain. Plywood has more superior construction longevity because it can hold screws more efficiently. Plywood can be bought at $6-$10 per linear foot.