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MDF Board

MDF board, where “MDF” stands for Medium Density Fibreboard, is a sheet material that is much denser than OSB or plywood and is smoothly finished, making it perfect for the manufacture of furniture and other items that require there to be an unblemished end product. 
As an MDF supplier, we sell two different types of MDF panels; Standard MDF and Moisture Resistant MDF.  Both are 2440mm x 1220mm (8’ x 4’) and come in varying thicknesses. MDF sheets tend to be used in non-structural applications where aesthetic appearance is a priority.

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What is MDF Board?

Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) is a manufactured board produced by compressing wood fibres and adding resin to create strong and durable boards. It is comparable in this sense to particleboard.

While Standard MDF board lacks any water-resistant quality, Moisture Resistant MDF Board has been instilled with water resistant qualities by use of a special resin during the manufacturing process. This makes it suitable for use in bathrooms and kitchens and much less susceptible to the warping problems sometimes found in standard MDF sheets.

What is MDF Board used for?

There are a large number of uses for MDF as it is a very versatile building and carpentry material. It’s possible to use MDF panels for walls or MDF as flooring but one of the most popular reasons people buy MDF is for carpentry and furniture building. This is due in large part to the fact that it is easily worked with machines due to the density of the material. 

As a recycled material, MDF helps to have fewer trees cut down, so can be described as an environmentally friendly product. Due to the treatments it receives during the manufacturing process, it can also be resistant to many types of insect that can normally cause problems. 

MDF sheet does not have any of the knots, kinks, grains or whorls of standard wood and is therefore much easier to cut and shape as the user wants without ending up with distortion or warping. This makes for much more reliable work and saves time and material wastage during the building process.   

MDF panels are often used in the creation of shop counters and furniture, as well as being one of the main components used by large furniture manufacturers such as IKEA. To no surprise, Swedish furniture giant is the largest user of MDF sheets worldwide.

Is MDF Waterproof?

Although Standard MDF is not generally waterproof, we sell a water-resistant version that is perfectly designed for areas of high humidity such as the bathroom or kitchen. It is important to stress that water resistant MDF is not a waterproof board; it is merely resistant to water and moisture. Due to the process that goes into making it, our water-resistant MDF boards are all dyed green. This also instantly helps to visually differentiate it from the non water-resistant boards that we sell, which are a beige colour. Water-resistant MDF is ideal for making bathroom cabinets or shelving and can be easily painted to match the colour scheme. Whilst water-resistance is not the same as water-proofing, the water-resistant MDF will prove to be ideal in almost all internal home or business applications. Due to the fact that MDF isn’t fully  waterproof, it may be best to use a different material when doing work on exterior areas that are prone to be caught in the elements.

Frequently Asked Questions about MDF Board


How much does MDF board cost 

It is possible to buy MDF relatively cheaply and you can buy cheap MDF sheets here at Materials Market. Prices vary depending on the thickness and whether or not you are looking for it to have water-resistance. Our prices are for MDF sheets that are the standard size of 2440mm x 1220mm (8’ x 4’). We have MDF for sale at some of the best prices you will find online, for delivery straight to your door when you buy MDF online through our secure system.

What are the differences between MDF and plywood?

We are often asked to compare MDF to other sheet materials. Let’s see how it performs vs plywood, chipboard or OSB.

MDF is an excellent material for use in furniture and most indoor applications, due to the way it has been made. It is easily workable with machines and tools and is especially useful in carpentry and cabinet making. Plywood, chipboard and OSB don’t have the smooth finish of MDF and are not as easy to shape into furniture and shelving. 

It would be fair to say that the other materials mentioned have better properties when it comes to water resistance and may be superior in some cases when dealing with exterior or structural projects. It is entirely possible to use MDF on walls but it is more common to buy MDF sheets for the kind of projects mentioned above.

Can MDF be painted?

MDF can indeed be painted and it is very versatile in this regard, which makes it ideal for furniture and carpentry products. It is a major reason why furniture giants like IKEA make such use of it in their products. The best way to paint MDF is to first coat it in a solvent-based primer of your choice, as this will help the paint to adhere to the surface. Once this is done, you can then add the paint.

Is MDF Fire Resistant?

There are particular types of fire retardant or fire rated MDF boards on the market but standard MDF and the water-resistant MDF which we sell do not fall into that category. Fire rated MDF is used in internal non-structural applications and is given a safety rating based on how fire-resistant it is. It is often used in wall-linings, display panels and partitions. The majority of MDF sheets for sale will not be fire-resistant and if this is what you are looking for, we suggest that you examine the available information carefully to ensure you are getting what you want.