MDF door sheathing is mainly used on the entrance doors so that they fit more harmoniously into the interior of the hallway. This method has gained great popularity due to the many advantages inherent in it, however, this solution has its drawbacks.
What it is?
MDF panels are plates of pressed sawdust glued with lignin, which was released during the heating of wood. This material is completely natural and, unlike similar fiberboard, MDF boards are completely safe for health.
MDF paneling allows you to turn an ordinary and boring metal door into an interesting wooden version.
This is especially true in cases where the hallway is furnished in one of the traditional or classic styles.
Depending on what type of panels for cladding was chosen, one or another unusual effect is obtained.
The upholstery of the front door from the inside allows you to better fit it into the interior, and also contributes to insulation. Between the MDF panels and the metal structure, an air gap forms, which for apartments in multi-storey buildings is quite enough for high-quality insulation. If you want to make the door warmer (for example, when it leads to the street), insulation material is placed in the gap.
Returning again to the aesthetic side of the issue of MDF door paneling, it is worth saying that you can get the effect of not only ordinary wooden panels. Now carved wood inserts are very popular, which decorate the inner side of the doors, thereby adding chic and expensive appearance.
If you finish with the help of MDF not only the door itself, but also the opening under it, you will be able to make it more accurate and harmoniously combined with the door structure. Thus, the integrity effect can be another plus.
Like each of the existing materials used to sheathe the door, MDF stands out for a number of advantages:
Wide range of
There are several types of MDF coatings, each of which differs from all others in its characteristics, including appearance. Thus, it becomes possible to create an absolutely unique composition by selecting a natural coating, imitation for valuable wood and similar options.
Long service life. The material is durable and will last its owners for more than one year.
MDF is highly resistant to environmental influences, such as prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays, temperature fluctuations, as well as mechanical stress.
There are no harmful compounds in the composition of MDF panels (unlike particleboard containing formaldehyde resins). Bonding of sawdust occurs due to the naturally occurring substance - lignin. It is absolutely harmless and does not do any harm to human and animal health.
Unlike natural wood, so similar to MDF, the pressed panel can simply be wiped with a damp cloth to remove dust or more serious dirt.
You do not have to purchase a special polish or spend extra effort on gentle care.
Despite the fact that when working with MDF, all actions must be carried out carefully and accurately, the process itself usually does not cause difficulties. Moreover, you will need tools that are in almost every home, thereby freeing you from the need to buy special tools.
Despite the abundance of advantages, MDF panels also have a number of shortcomings, which for some may refuse to be the basis for refusing to use this material:
- Low impact resistance. Like it or not, it’s easy to break through a panel from MDF. It's all about the structure of the wood board: under high pressure, it diverges, and as a result a cavity forms.
Do not be afraid to damage the panel by inaccurate pressing or similar innocent exposure. To break it, the blow must be strong enough and focused.
- Combustibility MDF is the same wood, but in a different version. No wonder it burns easily. To avoid light fires, it is advised not to place panels of this material in close proximity to the wiring (for example, if the door is almost “encircled” by wires).
There are three types of panels: veneered, laminated and anti-vandal:
MDF panel coated with natural veneer.
Despite the complete resemblance to the wood, veneered models are much cheaper.
This is due to the fact that the sawdust panel itself is covered with a thin cut of wood, resulting in such a naturalistic imitation.
Despite the fact that veneered models are the most spectacular and environmentally friendly, there are significant risks. So, the type of panels with veneer is the most moody of all presented, since it does not allow cleaning with ordinary water, does not withstand mechanical influences, is easily scratched and does not tolerate sunlight. Of course, caring for veneered MDF panels is easier than wood, but not by much.
MDF panel coated with lamination. Lamination occurs by gluing on the panel a special coating that simulates the color and, in some cases, the texture of the selected material. This option is the cheapest due to the fact that it is easy to produce, and this does not require any particularly rare materials.
Lamination offers the widest range of design solutions, increases the level of sound insulation, and is also more wear-resistant than veneer, and can last several decades without losing its original appearance.
The film responds well to ultraviolet light; however, it is not able to withstand increased humidity or strong temperature extremes.
Plastic coated MDF panel (anti-vandal). The anti-vandal surface is obtained by applying several layers of plastic, as a result of which the MDF panel acquires many additional positive qualities.
Among them are extreme resistance to mechanical damage, good or complete resistance to chemicals, insensitivity to temperature changes or humidity levels.
The disadvantage of this variety is only one - it is the cost. Not everyone is ready to pay a tidy sum for MDF, even if covered with such wonderful material. The given type has no more shortcomings.
Options in the interior
Below is a photo gallery of images partially demonstrating the variety of finishes with MDF panels.
Despite the fact that the opening itself is left metallic, the door with MDF paneling looks harmonious with it. A beautiful paneled surface attracts attention with traditionality, the color of the casing is chosen several tones lighter than the color of the metal sheet itself.
For lack of an internal (second) door to the apartment, it is possible to trim the front door with laminated MDF panels. This will bring cosiness to the room, while at the same time allowing you to harmoniously combine the entrance structure, which often does not differ in sophistication, with the interior of the hallway.
Interesting look door structures, finished using complex patterns, carvings. For this model, a deep and saturated color was chosen, which does not distract attention from the thread, but, on the contrary, shows the entire depth and unusualness of the chosen design. The door looks solid, stylish and expensive.
When decorating the door, do not forget to pay attention to the surroundings. So, the option looks beautiful when the entire door around the perimeter is also surrounded by MDF paneling, and it is not at all necessary that the panels are the same. Sometimes it’s enough just to choose harmonious colors.
A simple contrasting door will become an interesting element of the corridor or hallway, and the MDF upholstery will allow you to smooth out the sharpness a bit and add comfort to the room. The color of the panels is matched to the color of the wall sconce body, which is a separate design move.
You can see how the master covers the metal door with the MDF panel in the next video clip.