Updated: Apr 12
Wardrobes are made of a number of materials and finishes. You should be aware of all these before you purchase or customise wardrobes; because these finishes and materials impact the cost as well as durability.
1. MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard):
MDF boards are made out of waste wood. These are used to make furniture, flooring and wall panels. The thickness of MDF boards varies from 2mm to 25mm. The only disadvantage is that it loses strength when it comes in contact with water. So if there is a problem of dampness in space, one should avoid MDF.
Plywood is made out of timber. Big logs are peeled into veneers, further, these veneers are placed in horizontal and vertical positions one by one while using adhesive and pressed at a higher temperature, hence the plywood sheets are produced. The thickness of these sheets is 5mm to 25mm. These are stronger than MDF boards and can take a load of heavy hardware but plywood is expensive in comparison to MDF.
3. HDF (High-Density Fibreboard)
HDF boards are made with the same process as that of MDF. But HDF boards are denser and stronger than MDF. Screw holding capacity is also more of these boards than MDF. Thickness varies from 3 to 5.5 mm.
Particleboards are engineered wood. Wood chips, sawdust and wood shavings and glue are mixed and this mixture is firmly compressed by pressing under heat & pressure to form these boards. These boards are less dense, stronger and durable than other materials. However, these boards have more capacity to hold screws. The thickness is 9mm to 25mm.
5. Solid Wood
Solid wood is lumber (timber) that is processed into beams and planks. This is more durable than the rest. That is why this is expensive as well. There are different types of solid wood like Ash, Beech, Cherry, Maple, Oak, Pine, walnut etc.
Wardrobes are available in steel and Iron as well. Mostly these are non customized. As these are movable, they can be shifted from one place to another.