Kitchen Cabinet Renovations represent a major investment for families, therefore, knowing more about the materials you're choosing is very important. Making the right decision can significantly increase the lifespan of your kitchen cabinets and reduce the chances of damage from everyday wear and tear.
MDF or Medium Density Fiberboard:
Made from very fine wood fibers that are glued and compressed together under Heavy Pressure.
- Cheaper material than plywood & therefore generally cheaper cabinets to buy.
- Shorter lifespan than plywood.
- Higher amount of formaldehyde emissions.
- More susceptible to moisture related damage such as swelling & delamination of finish layer
- Screws may loosen or strip when re-tightened.
Made from thin sheets of wood veneers laminated together in alternate directions
- More popular for higher quality kitchen cabinets.
- Can withstand more pressure, weight, and usage - therefore, has a longer lifespan than MDF.
- Less Likely to warp & Shrink.
- Can withstand more moisture
- Holds screws from drawer tracks and hinges better than MDF.
- Screws will not loosen or strip when retightened.
So why is it a question of MDF vs Plywood...why isn't Hardwood used?
- Hardwood isn't used for the construction of cabinet boxes because it expands and contracts too much with temperature and humidity causing gaps to occur in the cabinet boxes (This does not look good when it happens!).