Milled MDF vs. Milled Plywood

What exactly is MDF? MDF, like plywood is made from wood and glue, but MDF (not particleboard) is processed and super compressed with intense heat to eliminate the grain defects found in ordinary wood products. Many top quality furniture manufacturers use MDF and it has become their material of choice. The fiberboard we use in the production of many of our dollhouses is hand chosen because of its outstanding rank among the fiberboards manufactured today.

What is the difference between MDF and MP? Is one better than the other?  First, you’ll notice a price difference between the two. Each has its own particular advantages, but one is not necessarily better than the other.  The custom manufactured plywood we use for MP walls is more expensive and may have some inherent imperfections, such as knots or tendency to warp.  It is lighter weight than MDF, easier to electrify and more aesthetically pleasing to handle.  MDF stays flat and is smooth and splinter free … thus it is very easy to paint.  Our design team and assembly department prefer MDF for these reasons.  MDF is hard and is more difficult to insert wire connectors when electrifying your dollhouse.  Plywood is soft and easily accepts screws, nails and brads.  So, to sum it up, one is not better than the other. It really comes down to what you prefer personally.

One Response to “Milled MDF vs. Milled Plywood”

  1. Leah Says:

    My current favorite is MP and it was a breeze to finish and embellish but I recently remodeled a MDF and think it has held up well and looks great too. Weight is my biggest factor since I have to move my houses to work on them- If you are lucky enough to have a display that shows all sides and have no problems with bad cats; either would be great!