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Hardboard is known for its durability, tensile strength and hard-wearing finish, making it the ideal material for countertops, furniture, flooring substrates and furniture manufacture. Hardboard sheets boast a clean smooth surface upon which you can apply various floor coverings although they can also be used decoratively when making furniture such as doors, cabinets and drawer backings. One side is smooth while the other sports a textured grip to give an enforced grip on surfaces. Despite this, a ring-shanked nail will be required for permanent fixtures.

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Hardboard Sheet Applications

Hardboard, also known as high-density fibreboard (HDF), is a traditional board commonly installed as floor covering and the levelling of old floor boards.

Hardboard sheets are purposed for interior use and can be utilised in a host of applications including:

  • General decorative projects
  • Doors
  • Roof sheathing 
  • Backing for wardrobes
  • Cabinets
  • Subfloors


Standard Hardboard

Hardboard is a strong and versatile material made from compressed fine wood fibres, making it an affordable choice for various projects.

Let's get into the details: 

  • Standard hardboard is a lightweight multi-purpose panel for internal non-structural use.
  • High-density strong panel.
  • The panels feature a smooth face with a mesh pattern reverse.
  • The face of the board can be painted.
  • Their thin profile offers flexibility, making them ideal for tasks that require a little bit of adaptability.
  • Suitable for use in floor covering, furniture construction (furniture linings), packaging, and wall panelling.


White Faced Hardboard

White-faced hardboard is exactly as it sounds. It is everything a standard hardboard sheet is, the only difference being that it has a white-painted face. This non-structural interior panel that can be utilised for boxing in pipework and cupboard/wardrobe backing. 


Its specifications are as follows: 

  • White painted smooth face with a mesh pattern reverse
  • The white surface boasts a melamine-type finish meaning it is wipeable and easy to clean
  • Variety of functions including cupboard/wardrobe backing, furniture construction (furniture linings), packaging, and general DIY
  • Thin pressed composition is very adaptable to conventional wood working tools
  • Versatile and practical choice 

Frequently Asked Hardboard Sheets Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Hardboard Sheets

Do I Need To Prime Hardboard Before Painting? 

Yes, panels can be finished with paint to achieve the desired aesthetic. In most instances, we recommend that you apply three coats of gesso to hardboard prior to painting and lightly sand it between each coat. 

What Is The Difference Between Standard Hardboard & Tempered Hardboard?

Standard hardboard is a brown panel with one smooth side and a coarse crosshatch reverse. Tempered hardboard has a second step in its manufacture; it is impregnated with linseed oil and then baked under high heat for enhanced moisture and impact resistance, rigidity and tensile strength.

Does Hardboard Swell When Wet?

Hardboard is just as vulnerable to moisture as other wood products. Rain or humidity may cause the boards to expand or warp, which might alter their appearance and reduce structural integrity.

Is Hardboard Environmentally Friendly? 

Hardboard is one of the most environmentally friendly products on the market. It is manufactured completely from natural products, forgoing any glues or chemicals that might damage the environment. 

Lignin—a 'natural glue' which comes as a byproduct of the wood fibres used in the manufacturing process—is used to bind the boards together as opposed to synthetic adhesives.

If you're green-focused, hardboard will be a sure-certified winner on your project list.

Is Hardboard Stronger Than Plywood?

Although hardboard sounds to be the strongest material when pitted against plywood, the truth is that plywood is far stronger than its counterpart. Granted, hardboard can take some impact and weight, but not as much as plywood—plywood wins hands down in terms of impact-resistance.

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