MDF: The Single Most Versatile Building Material on the Planet


Medium density fiberboard (MDF) is one of the most common materials used for residential and commercial remodeling projects. When it comes to home remodeling, according to the National Association of Home Builders, 69% of all requested jobs were for kitchen projects (making it the second most popular request behind bathroom tasks). Many of these kitchen projects involve MDF wall panels, but there are plenty of other uses for this durable material as well.

MDF is such an excellent (and cheap) building material for a number of reasons, but cost and versatility are the two primary ones. Here are some of the most common uses for medium density fiberboard:

Decorative Home Projects
Using MDF for decorative projects like architectural wall panels is one of its most popular uses. Because of this material's versatility, you can use MDF to outline family portraits, for furniture reinforcement, wall paneling, and other decorative pieces. As long as you know what you're doing (or have a professional do it for you), your MDF moldings can be customized to accommodate just about any residential remodeling or home improvement task. Even better, because it's easy to work with MDF, MDF wall panels can be customized to fit with virtually any decorative style.

Practical Home Projects
In addition to decorative residential projects, MDF wood has plenty of practical uses as well. Use MDF material to craft and reinforce storage cabinets and bookshelves to help clear up space in your home. Not only will your shelves provide practical storage use, but they will be accentuating pieces inside your home that will look great.

The Family Handyman writes, "Over the past 15 years, I’ve used MDF to build everything from crude shelving in my shop to fancy trim in upscale homes. I’ve even used it for furniture and ornate millwork...In fact, my own home is entirely trimmed out with MDF moldings made from about 50 sheets of MDF."

Pro Tip: When working with MDF, you should consider doing so exclusively outside, in the basement, or in the garage. MDF produces a fine, powdered dust that will go into the air and remain everywhere. These dust particles will even stick around in your home's air for a while and cling to every surface in sight. That's why you should cut all your MDF outdoors, or at least drape sheets of plastic over all the hard-to-clean areas inside your home or workshop.

For any DIY MDF project, the Family Handyman also recommends using the following tools:

  • Safety glasses
  • Air compressor
  • Circular saw
  • Wood glue
  • Drill bit
  • Paint tray and roller
  • Nail gun
  • Paintbrush
  • Miter saw
  • Air hose
  • Solvent-based primer
  • Cordless drill
  • Dust mask
  • Sanding pad

There are plenty of great uses for medium density fiberboard, and it's up to you to determine how far you want to go to improve the look and feel of your home. If you want to learn more about how this material can help improve your property, contact SourceCut Industries today.

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