What is MDF? How do we use it?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017  |  Admin

Pretty much everyone will have heard of MDF. Whether you’re in the building trade or if you’re a fishmonger.

MDF is something that is a staple of modern-day interiors and there’s a high chance that something somewhere in your home will be made out of it. But do people know what it actually is?

If you don’t, then you might want to read on…

MDF stands for Medium Density Fibreboard.

It’s a product that is manufactured by breaking down real hard and soft woods, combining the wood fibres with certain glues and resins before heating it up and pressing it to produce what you see as MDF. People will often refer to it as being a man-made material, which is true, however, it does contain traces of real wood.

There’s plenty of advantages to using MDF in home fixtures and fittings.

For one, it is an economical choice. As it’s relatively inexpensive to produce, it’s quite cheap to buy (cheaper than solid wood anyway!). It can also be made from recycled wood, making it a player in conservation and preserving the world’s forests. 

Read about our Environmentally friendly selections!


MDF is really easy to cut and shape, making it great to work within our industry. Mouldings of impressive complexity can be cut into MDF with precision to produce stunning Skirting Boards and Architrave.

All our MDF is moisture resistant (as standard!) , which is indicated by its green colouring. Using moisture resistant MDF offers you a product that is more versatile and hard-wearing than non-moisture resistant MDF. It can be used with confidence in areas where there may be some exposure to wetness, such as near exterior doorways, window sills, kitchens and bathrooms.

MDF that isn’t moisture resistant is at risk of ruin if it is allowed to get wet. The surface of non-moisture resistant MDF can become slightly raised and bumpy when it comes into contact with water and heavy exposure could cause it to swell.

We use superior quality materials whilst offering industry low prices. That combined with a wide range of profiles to choose from means that our MDF Skirting, Architrave and Window Board is the perfect choice in terms of practicality, appearance and value. 

Unfinished: Our unfinished products are 'as is', meaning they have had no treatment or procedures applied to them.
Primed: Our primed products are products with a 'white paint' applied. It's a treatment that goes with sandpapering the wood to create a base for painting. We recommend primed to all of our MDF products or products that may be painted in future.


Tip: Our skirting and architrave products that are primed may benefit from an additional 'sandpaper' treatment to help heavy paints adhere and creating a smoother finish. This isn't necessary but could help improve the look and style of the products when they are fitted to your home.