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MDF FAQs: All you need to know About MDF

MDF, or medium-density fiberboard, is a versatile and cost-effective building material that is commonly used in a variety of applications, from carpentry and cabinetry to furniture-making and more. However, despite its popularity, there are still many misconceptions and questions about MDF and how it compares to other materials.

In this FAQ blog post, we will provide answers to some of the most common questions about MDF, including its composition, benefits, and drawbacks. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a DIY enthusiast, this information will help you understand MDF better and make informed decisions about its use in your projects.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into the world of MDF and clear up some of the most common misconceptions about this useful material.

What is MDF?

MDF, or medium-density fiberboard, is a type of engineered wood product made from wood fibers that are combined with resin and other materials to form a dense, strong, and stable panel. Unlike natural wood, MDF does not have a grain, which makes it easy to cut, shape, and finish with a wide range of tools and techniques. MDF is commonly used in furniture, cabinetry, flooring, and wall paneling, among other applications. It is a versatile and durable material that is suitable for a wide range of uses.


What are the different types of MDF?

MDF Boards can come in all different varieties and in a range of thicknesses. Some popular types of MDF include standard and Melamine Faced. If there is a particular type of MDF that you require, please contact our sales team.

Can you paint on MDF boards?

MDF has an incredibly smooth surface and can be painted or stained but it is important to always use a primer first.

Is MDF moisture resistant?

Our Melamine Faced MDF is moisture resistant and is great for areas with high humidity or prone to moisture.

Can MDF be used for outdoor applications?

MDF is not suitable for outdoor use because it is susceptible to water damage. Water exposure can cause swelling and deterioration.

Is MDF the same as particleboard?

No, MDF and particleboard are different materials. While both are engineered wood products, MDF is made from finer wood fibers and is denser than particleboard.

Can MDF be recycled?

MDF is challenging to recycle due to the adhesives used in its manufacturing. Some facilities may be able to repurpose or recover certain components, but it is not as readily recyclable as other materials like paper or cardboard.

How to buy cut to size MDF?

You can buy cut to size MDF directly through our website. Simply, click on the particular type of MDF you require, and add in your dimensions and if you require any optional extras. You can specify the exact size in Millimetres (MM), Centimeters (CM) or Inches.

If you require any further information or would like a direct quotation, please contact our sales team on either 01752 917434 or send us an email at We also service the local area around Ivybridge – with MDF near you

MDF vs Chipboard

Compared to chipboard, or particleboard, MDF has several advantages, including the following:

  • MDF has a smoother surface and is more consistent in density and texture than chipboard, which makes it a better choice for painting and finishing.
  • MDF is less prone to warping, swelling, or splitting than chipboard, which makes it more stable and durable over time.
  • MDF is stronger and more durable than chipboard, which makes it a better choice for applications where the panel will be subjected to heavy loads or impact.
  • MDF is less likely to emit harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, than chipboard, which makes it a better choice for applications where air quality is a concern.

Overall, MDF is a higher-quality and more versatile material than chipboard, which makes it a better choice for a wide range of applications, from furniture and cabinetry to flooring and wall paneling.

MDF vs Plywood

Plywood is usually stronger than MDF but it is a more expensive material. They are both very similar so it really comes down to the application of the material. If you are wanting material for indoor applications, MDF sheets are the preferred choice but for anything external, it is best to use Plywood due to its weather-resistant capabilities.

For more information on Acrylic, Perspex, MDF, Dibond and Polycarbonate please visit our Guide and Blog sections of the website.


Cut Plastic Sheeting are based on the south Coast in Ivybridge, Devon UK. We have a full manufacturing facility which enables us to offer Cut To Size Acrylic as well as Cut To Size MDF. Shop our full range of products, including our Clear Acrylic, coloured acrylic and more recent MDF Wood Sheet ranges.


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