MDF vs Particle Board: The Pros and Cons

Fleshing out your home interior with wooden furniture makes for a beautiful space to live in, but the upkeep can sometimes become staggering. Luckily, finding alternatives to natural timber to create this space with isn’t as difficult as it used to be. Deciding which alternatives will work best in your home, however, is a little trickier! Although the benefits of one product can convince you easily, getting a real sense of which materials work best in different situations can only be done through comparison. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of two major competitors – MDF vs particle board:

MDF (Medium-density Fibreboard)

MDF blends the advantages of manufactured chipboard with the properties of natural wood, accommodating most carpenter tools and techniques. Its versatility makes it the ideal material for both commercial and domestic use.


  • It’s dense, durable and strong surface holds veneers, like MelaWood and other wood based panels, very well.
  • As it can be mass produced, getting MDF that rivals natural wood in quality often comes at a better price!
  • Working with this type of board is much easier, especially in DIY projects. Unlike natural wood, it has no grain, so it can be cut without splitting accidentally.
  • The panels come in a variety of board sizes, making it easier to get the right size for your space than with natural wood.


  • It’s often heavier than wood or particle board, due to its density.
  • This board require a sealant application to remain in good condition for long term use.
  • It requires a good primer before a lasting coat of paint can be applied.

Particle board

Also used extensively in both domestic and corporate spaces, particle board offers a light-weight, economic alternative to natural wood.


  • These boards are much more cost-effective than natural wood and even MDF boards, making them the perfect choice for offices and corporate spaces.
  • Particle board is also much lighter than both natural wood and MDF, making a big impact on building weight for such large scale projects. Their lightness is also a domestic benefit.


  • Due to its diverse composition, veneers react differently to the mixture of wood to be found in the chipboard.
  • Working with particle board without skill or experience can easily lead to your project turning out as a shabby job.
  • They are less durable than natural wood or MDF and will require extra care to keep up with the competition over time.

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