Well it stands for medium density fibreboard. It’s one of the most widely used materials
of furniture manufacturers. It is not only lighter and cheaper but it’s also available
in many colours and patterns unlike other timber materials used for furniture making.
The typical density of a Medium density
fibreboard is 600 to 800kg per square
meter. It is made up of very fine wood
particles. These particles will become
airborne when the sheets are cut, so use
the correct safety equipment, ie a mask.
Like other man made boards it is
environmentally friendly, because it uses
scraps or waste wood or dust. As we
become more environmentally aware
every day, there are no signs of us to
stop using this material. It should always
be kept dry. In contact with water it will
swell, become weak and break down. It
can however be treated with paint finish.
It is mainly used for making flat pack and knocked down furniture for retailers such
as Ikea, B&Q etc. Some examples of this budget furniture are, wardrobes, chests drawers,
beds, make up tables, consoles, shelves, racks, small tables. Some very intricate
detailing can also be created for items such as skirting boards, offering a very
low maintenance product for the builder or DIY user. It’s also used in vast quantities
for panels and boards as for building material. Office furniture is the most common
within the furniture industry where it is mostly used. It is used for almost every
piece of furniture that we use in our office spaces such as tables, desks, lockers
or filing cabinets.
You can buy it in various shapes and sizes. Therefore, it is much more affordable
and accessible to the mass market. Every timber merchant and DIY store will stock
it. The most widely available size in the market is 2440x1220mm, or in ft it’s known
as an 8x4 sheet with various thicknesses. It can be hard to transport large sheets
for the average DIY user, so why not ask your supplier to deliver.