Medium-density fiberboard, or MDF, is an affordable wood alternative for furniture, cabinets and more
Wood fibers and resin are heat compressed into sheets to form what is known as MDF, or medium-density fiberboard. Similar to particleboard, dense MDF panels are an affordable alternative to solid wood sheets for many types of construction.
The top of this laundry sorter is made of MDF.
MDF is usually less expensive than solid wood but when painted, looks much like smooth wood, without the grain pattern.
Laminating machines can add a high-gloss vinyl, foil or a wood veneer to MDF, creating a variety of finishes.
MDF is cut like wood but does not have the crisp edges. In most cases this difference is not even visible.