MDF Boxes VS Solid Wood: What’s the Best Material For Your Project?

There’s been much discussion over which type of storage box is better, MDF boxes or solid wood boxes. While solid wood may seem like the obvious answer, you’d be surprised to hear that MDF boxes come with a host of benefits that make them a valuable commodity, much like their wooden counterparts. At Australian Boxes and Cases (ABC) we make knowing the best storage solutions to meet your needs a priority. We specialise in manufacturing timber-packaging products, including boxes, pallets, timber packing, and custom packaging saddles. If you’re looking for the perfect storage solution to meet your needs, weighing up the benefits of both MDF and solid wood boxes is a must!

Solid Wood Boxes

 When used in controlled conditions, solid wood boxes are a strong and sturdy product that comes complete with a beautiful natural grain. Wood finishes are also a stylish option if you’re looking for a storage solution that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Another benefit of timber construction is how easily wood can hold nails. MDF, on the other hand, has a high percentage of glue in its composition, which makes it more difficult to customise.


MDF Boxes

Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) is a high-grade composite material that – in certain applications – can perform better than solid wood. MDF is made from recycled wood fibres and resin and is machine dried and pressed, to ensure only dense, stable sheets are produced. Suitable for use in hot and humid conditions, MDF is more stable than solid wood, as wooden boards can be prone to expand and contract in hot and humid conditions. This means that not only is MDF a more stable material, and perfect for use in an uncontrolled environment, it also requires less maintenance. MDF boxes often have a more uniform appearance, with a smooth, dent-resistant surface, while solid wood will likely feature natural grains and imperfections.

Which Is Right For You?

So, which finish is right for you? The answer will depend on a number of factors, including the area your box/and or crate will be stored, what items you intend to store, and the overall aesthetic you’re hoping to achieve. If you’re planning on storing your box inside the house, like in the bedroom or bathroom the answer is simple – MDF is for you! While if you’re after a more traditional finish, and want a long-lasting, sturdy product, that can be used outside you can’t look past the strength and beauty of a solid wood box.

Regardless of which finish you choose – MDF or solid wood – you’ll have a comprehensive selection of sizes to choose from, or, if you still can’t find what you’re after, talk to us about our custom-made storage solutions. If you’re still unsure which storage method is the most appropriate for your project, contact ABC Crates today. We’ll work around the clock to find a customised solution for you, and won’t stop until your storage needs are met.

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