If you are considering a closet remodel you may be wondering what supplies to use. Here are some tips to help you choose the best materials for your closet remodel.
There are several types of wood that you might consider for your closet. You could use plywood, MDF, melamine, or solid wood. Each type has it’s own strengths and weaknesses (both literally and figuratively). Here is some information to help you decide what material is best for you.
You’ve heard of plywood but do you know what it really is? Wood Magazine tells us what you need to know about plywood.
Plywood has many advantages. One is dimensional stability. Cross banded layers and balanced construction mean that hardwood plywood won’t shrink, swell, or warp as much as lumber. Its thin plies, lying at right angles to each other, as well as the various core materials available, produce uniform strength both with and across the grain.
Plywood also comes in various thicknesses. It can be bought in large sheets which makes it nice for big projects like a closet. Some of the down sides to plywood is the cost, it’s comparable to it’s hard wood counterparts, and limited stock. Dealers near you may only have three or four varieties.
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
MDF is another type of manufactured wood product. One benefit of MDF is its price. It is less expensive than solid wood or plywood making it a good option for the budget conscious DIYers out there. Learn more from Hunker about how this product can be used in closets.
MDF stands for medium density fiberboard, which is a sheet product, usually sold in sheets that are 4×8 feet in size, that is made up of reprocessed paper waste. MDF isn’t as strong as solid wood or plywood but works fine for closet shelves. One way to make MDF more resistant to sagging is to avoid using it to span more than 3 feet. If you are putting it into a closet that is 2-feet wide, this isn’t a problem.
Keep in mind the size of your closet project when deciding on the type of material to use. If your shelves will span a longer stretch you may want to consider an option other than MDF. One nice thing about MDF is that it can easily be painted to fit your aesthetic. It’s a great way to add some personality to your closet design.
Solid wood is yet another option for your closet shelving. Better Homes and Gardens has a few tips to share about choosing solid wood.
Not all wood is created equal, and that’s true for wood used for closet shelving, too. Softwoods, such as fir, might warp if used to store heavy items, while oak and cedar are more resilient. Types of wood vary by cost, as well, with hardwoods being more expensive than softwoods. Wood, which is widely available, might be sealed, stained, or painted. While some closet shelving units made from wood come prefabricated, wood can always be custom cut and designed to fit a specific space.
Something to consider when choosing solid wood is the cost. It does give your closet a lovely look, but the budget amount may have you rethinking that decision.
Thermally Fused Laminate
Closet Envy uses Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) to create all its premium products. TFL is produced by thermally fusing a sheet of decorative paper directly to a substrate such as MDF or particleboard.
Benefits of TFL include:
- Durable – resistant to scratches and impact
- Environmentally friendly – uses less resources to produce than HPL
- Designer and Architect Friendly – any design can be used as the decorative paper
- Budget Conscious – costs less than HPL to provide the same look and feel
- Sustainable – using recycled wood products creates an endless supply of raw material
Let Us Help You Choose The Best Materials for Your Closet
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