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MDF vs Solid Wood

Browsing through out website, you might have noticed the different materials used in our kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Almost all of our collections are made from solid wood such as birch, maple and oak, but one collection is made from medium density fiberboard or MDF. Our popular Ice White Shaker kitchen and bathroom cabinets is made of MDF, which is an alternative to a solid wood construction. Most people prefer solid wood over MDF but the reality is that MDF is just as good as the rest.

Solid wood has many great features such as being strong, durable and is beautiful when finished, but there are a few downfalls. When heat and humidity are factors, solid wood can contract and expand due to the constructions of these solid wood cabinets. If these conditions aren't controlled, cabinet doors and panels can shrink, crack or even buckle.

MDF is a high grade, composite material made from recycled wood fibers and resin. It is machine dried and pressed to produce dense and stable sheets which outperforms solid wood in many areas.

MDF is more stable than solid wood because it can withstand changes in heat and humidity. Using solid wood can be a problem for bathrooms because of the high humidity rates and heat from showers and baths.

Construction of these cabinets are different between MDF and solid wood. Solid wood painted cabinet doors are made from a five-piece construction or cope and stick joinery. Four frame pieces and the center panel are joined together to form a door, while MDF cabinet doors are made of one frame piece and one center panel. Simply put, the less pieces there are, it is easier to build and the doors tend to be more durable.

Consider these factors when you are choosing your kitchen or bathroom cabinets from Best Way Cabinets. If you have any questions about our cabinet collections, call us at (800) 931-7594

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