Do you think you're ready to remodel your kitchen? Whether you're in the market for a minor refresh or you're taking your kitchen down to the studs, a kitchen renovation is a great way to add value and comfort to your home.
Cabinets are one of the most commonly replaced items in any kitchen remodel. On average, kitchen cabinetry can comprise nearly 30% of a kitchen renovation budget. After all, these workhorses of your culinary space bear the brunt of all the dishes, food and utensils that have come through your kitchen through the years. You expose them to heat, moisture and dirt — they work hard! But, in many cases, it's not necessary to replace the entire cabinet box. In many cases, replacing the door and drawer fronts is all you need to extend your cabinets' life and bring a beautiful, on-trend look to your kitchen.
If you're shopping for new door and drawer fronts, you've likely already discovered that there are a lot of different options out there. But if you're looking for a high-quality, low-cost choice, may we suggest medium-density fiberboard?
This engineered wood product has taken the world of cabinetry by storm, primarily because it offers solid, durable cabinetry at affordable prices. Built to last, it looks gorgeous to boot. Before selecting MDF cabinet door and drawer fronts, we recommend taking some time to understand what this product is and why it's an excellent option for your kitchen remodel.
MDF is a human-made wood product created by breaking woods down into fibers, mixing wood pulp with resin, then using high temperatures and pressure to compress and bake the fibers into a durable new panel.
MDF originally hit the market as an alternative to solid wood products in the 1980s. Unlike hardwood and softwood, properly sealed MDF resists natural expansion and contraction from humidity, weather and temperature changes. Since it is resistant to these fluctuations, it is less likely to become distorted, warped or bow over time. MDF's reliable production results in a dependably smooth and blemish-free surface that allows for uniform paint and adhesive absorption across all cabinet doors or drawer fronts.
Not only is MDF durable enough to resist warping from expansion and contraction, but it can also eliminate the problem of poor consistency and defects, and it is becoming increasingly environmentally responsible. The interest in MDF products sees no sign of slowing down. What started as a trend looks like it is here to stay. With advances in environmental sustainability, higher quality, faster production methods and new styles and combinations, we can’t wait to see what the future of MDF brings.
Homeowners choose solid MDF cabinet doors for durability, affordability, appearance or any combination of the three. This material's stability has a significant advantage, especially in kitchens and baths, which commonly endure dramatic and swift changes to temperature and humidity.
MDF is an outstanding option if you're looking for cabinetry with the following qualities.
Just like natural wood, MDF will expand and contract in response to temperature changes. However, unlike its wood counterparts, these contractions don't cause MDF to warp over time. That means MDF drawer and door fronts maintain their shape and integrity no matter how many cakes you bake, noodles you boil or hot showers you take.
MDF is a perfect option if you want to paint your replacement cabinet doors or drawer fronts. That's because it consists of tiny particles that don't create the texture or appearance of wood grain. The result is an ultra-smooth finish every time. Why paint your cabinets? Painting cabinet doors or drawer fronts gives you an endless palette of colors to choose from.
MDF boards' makeup makes it possible to cut and shape them in many different ways without damaging the material. Unfinished MDF cabinet doors and drawer fronts come in different styles, including traditional raised square and recessed panel, a more modern and cleaner Shaker style and a contemporary slab design. It also means you can purchase MDF products in various sizes, including larger-than-average sizes.
The price tag is another advantage of selecting MDF vs. solid wood. Because it's human-made, MDF offers high-quality finishes for less than what you'd pay for solid wood. Plus, its durability and low-maintenance finishes mean these products will last a long time and not require a lot of time or money to maintain.
Though we commonly recommend MDF for use in kitchens, this material's versatility makes it ideal for use in various applications throughout your home. Some of our favorites include the following.
MDF is a common sight in many kitchens, thanks to its durability and ease of maintenance. Combine MDF kitchen cabinet doors with solid wood cabinet boxes for a sturdy, functional, low-maintenance solution. This material's resistance to heat and moisture also makes MDF cabinet components an ideal addition to any kitchen space. You can even purchase fire-resistant MDF to improve your peace of mind about your family's safety and security in your home.
MDF is available in special moisture-resistant options designed to stand up to the high moisture levels found in a bathroom. MDF cabinet components make a great addition to the bathroom because they are resistant to moisture. That means you don't have to worry about those long, steamy post-workout showers you indulge in or the splashes that come from the tub when your children are enjoying bathtime.
In the past, most decorative moldings, such as wainscoting, were wooden, but MDF is finding its place among the wainscoting-friendly materials on the market today. Its durability and affordability make MDF an excellent choice for incorporating special decorative touches on the walls in a living room, hallway, bathroom or kitchen. And its affordability means it's an ideal alternative to wood.
MDF can provide more extensive customization options for interior and exterior doors. By design, specialty MDF boards create stylish, durable doors. The variety in style makes doors made from this material a reliable option in many homes.
If you're designing your perfect laundry room, don't forget to add cabinets for storage. Upper and lower cabinets can provide space to store laundry baskets, detergent, fabric softener and various other items when they aren't in use. Sure, few people will ever see your laundry room, but that doesn't mean you should compromise on quality or appearance. MDF products make the perfect addition because they're durable, attractive and affordable. They can also stand up to constant use, which makes them a great option in a laundry space.
Are you searching for storage cabinetry that looks good and won't get damaged in a functional space like a garage? MDF doors and drawers hold up to whatever your grease monkey can throw at them. Whether you're storing camping equipment, yard tools or extra dry goods that won't fit in your pantry, MDF can bring a durable, good-looking storage system to any garage space.
If you're considering MDF for your cabinet doors, you may have some questions. You aren't alone! In all the years we've been selling MDF products, our clients have asked several common questions, ranging from appearance to durability and everything in between.
No, there is no wood grain in MDF. The MDF manufacturing process involves mixing wood pulp with resin, resulting in an ultra-smooth finish that doesn't have the grain-like appearance you'll find in natural wood. What we love about this finish is that it creates a smooth, even look when painted. For clients who plan to paint their cabinetry, this material helps create a flawless finished look in kitchens, bathrooms or any other room where you're installing cabinetry. It also doesn't splinter, which means there's no need to sand or maintain it to keep its finish smooth over time.
Yes, MDF is an environmentally friendly product because making it requires using wood waste materials. Unlike natural wood, no one cut down trees to make MDF. And using wood waste instead of throwing it out is a bonus! MDF is also a great way to reuse the cabinet boxes you already have, rather than sending them to the landfill and creating more waste. After all, there's no reason to throw out the boxes if they're still structurally sound.
No, MDF is a low-maintenance material that doesn't require much work to maintain its appearance. However, MDF does require sealing and painting to prevent water absorption, so be sure to seal all MDF products before use.
Yes, MDF is very dense, which makes it heavier than wood or plywood. Incorporating MDF door fronts with plywood or solid wood cabinet box is a great way to create sturdy, long-lasting cabinetry in any room in your home. It's also crucial to install MDF using the appropriate hardware, since MDF may not hold some screws properly.
Yes, MDF is appropriate for many residential and commercial applications. At Cabinet Doors 'N' More, we sell MDF door fronts, but if you look closely, you'll probably find MDF materials all around you. MDF has applications in shelving, doors, bookshelves and anywhere you can use wood. If you love your MDF cabinet doors, you may find other uses for this material in other areas of your home.
The cost of MDF doors will vary, depending on the size and style you order. However, MDF cabinet doors are less expensive than their solid wood counterparts, making them an ideal option for homeowners looking for ways to stretch their renovation budget. But don't mistake the affordability for lower quality. When sealed properly, MDF provides longevity and durability that rivals its wood counterparts. And it looks beautiful when painted and finished properly!
MDF is finding its way into various residential and commercial building finishes. But at Cabinet Doors ‘N’ More, we are proud to offer a range of MDF cabinet door and drawer fronts to refresh your kitchen or bath.
MDF truly shines in solid colors, most notably white. Even after all these years, white continues to be the hottest color. While natural wood grain affects the absorption of colors and causes an uneven look or fades over time, MDF’s uniform texture and finish make it a sturdy base and an even canvas. For classic looks such as a white kitchen or bath, an MDF cabinet door with a painted finish or rigid thermofoil surface can not only get you the look you’re going for, but is also a better value. And, each of our MDF cabinet doors comes with the option of matching drawer fronts.
Cabinet Doors 'N' More offers MDF cabinet doors in an array of styles, including:
Cabinet refacing — rather than total replacement — offers several notable benefits.
A total cabinet replacement can cost anywhere between $3,000 and $18,000 depending on the size of the kitchen, materials you use and the cost of labor if you opt to have someone else install them. On the other hand, cabinet refacing can cost between $50 and $90 per door front, which means remarkable savings on your renovation.
Kitchen renovations can take weeks or months. But if you opt to reface your cabinets, your kitchen can get a facelift in a matter of days. That means less inconvenience for you, since you won't have to give up your kitchen space or spend days cleaning up afterward.
You'll typically want to hire a contractor to replace your cabinets, which means you'll spend a lot of money on labor charges. But when you choose cabinet refacing, you can replace door fronts and drawer fronts yourself. Even if you opt to use a contractor to install the new door fronts, you can expect lower labor charges since it takes less time and effort to install them.
When you only measure to replace door fronts, it's a lot easier to get measurements done right. You won't be trying to move around bulky cabinets, calculate square footage and imagine a new "footprint." All you'll be doing is measuring the existing doors and the openings in the cabinets before selecting your favorite choice.
Buying cabinet doors online doesn't have to be stressful. When you follow the correct steps, it can be downright simple.
The first thing you should do is decide which material you want to use. Cabinet Doors 'N' More offers a range of materials, including:
Once you select the material you want to use, you can browse our list of available styles for each. In some cases, you may have a specific style in mind that will complement your existing kitchen design. In other cases, you may choose something beautiful that you know you'll enjoy looking at every day.
When purchasing new door fronts, the next thing you need to do is measure your existing cabinet boxes to ensure you buy the correct size. Our measuring guides for existing cabinet drawers and cabinet boxes can help guide you through the process. Remember to measure twice and cut once! And if you have any questions, feel free to call us at 844-915-1150.
Once you've selected your material, chosen your style and measured your cabinets, it's time to place an order! Once you click on the door front you'd like to purchase, our website will prompt you to enter your measurements for width and height — to the nearest 1/16". You can also opt to add on accessories, such as primer paint or hinge boring services. Then, we'll calculate your price. We are proud to offer multiple discounts, including a military discount and 10% off purchases of $750 or more. And, as a bonus, all our products ship for free!
Whether your priority is appearance, strength, cost or durability, MDF is an ideal option to consider for remodeling your kitchen or bath. For new, replacement cabinet doors, drawer fronts and all your cabinet refacing needs, turn to the leader in the online kitchen cabinetry industry – Cabinet Doors ‘N’ More. You can order as little as one drawer front for a quick repair, or a multitude of cabinet components for a large-scale project. Whatever you need, we have the custom, high-quality replacement cabinet components you can count on for your DIY project. Click through our extensive collection, and start our easy-to-use ordering process today!
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