Choosing the right kitchen materials is one of the main problems encountered while designing modular kitchens. Their choice depends on several factors including longevity, price and overall design. Below are a few basic differentiating factors between MDF and Particle Board, and their individual attributes.


MDF is an acronym for Medium Density Fibreboard. An engineered wood, it is crafted from wood fibers (small) that are glued together with special resin under high pressure and temperature. Particle Board is also engineered wood made from wood fibers (large) or saw dust which are glued together.
MDF has a higher density, and is therefore thicker and stronger, able to hold heavy weight enhancing durability Particle Board has a lower density, and reduced strength
MDF boards are heavy and weigh more. They have a density of 750-800 kg/m3 and weigh 12-20% more than particle boards. Particle boards are very light-weight. Their density does not exceed 650-700 kg/m3.
Used for designing and crafting high quality ready made furniture like kitchen cabinets. Cabinets and their parts can be custom made according to requirements Used for making lighter furniture, and has less versatility in design.
MDF is always available with a membrane finish. Its smoothness makes it a great base for veneer. Particle Board is rough and comes with a pre-laminated exterior
Greater in strength and very durable Strong, but with less durability
MDF has a smoother finish, and a sophisticated look, making it the wood of choice for crafting kitchen cabinets Particle Board has a rough finish, and is often used for designing cabinet shelves and backends
Available at a premium cost because of their durability, versatility and strength Less priced because of their reduced strength
MDF Boards are available in two options; Plain and Membrane Particle Boards are also available in Plain and Pre-laminated varieties



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