What is this vanity made out of?
You will see on a lot of our vanities that it is partially made of MDF, solid wood and Veneer Wood. You are probably asking yourself what are the differences among those. Well solid wood is self explanatory, it could be made of birch, oak, rubberwood (as discussed in yesterday’s blog), or a number of other trees commonly used for furniture. But what are these two other kinds of wood; MDF and Veneer Wood?
Let’s take a look at MDF first.
MDF stands for “medium-density fibreboard”. It is a wood product made by breaking down residual softwood or hardwood into wood fibers, combining it all with a sealant and forming panels under high pressure and temperature. MDF is denser than plywood. Because it is made up of separate fibers it is denser and much stronger than particle board. MDF has a smooth and grain-free texture, making it perfect for painting. Typically MDF is used for vanity and furniture backpanels and drawers to make it easier for plumbing and installation as it is very easy to cut and work with.
What is Veneer Wood?
Veneer, in woodworking, refers to thin slices of wood, usually thinner than 1/8 inch, that are glued onto panels to produce doors, tops and panels for cabinets. Cabinet grade plywood consists of three or more layers of veneer wood. Only the finest and rarest logs are used to produce veneer. There are four types of veneer:
- Raw: veneer that has no backing to it and can be used with either side facing up.
- Paper Backed: veneer that is backed with paper. This is helpful when making curves and columns as the veneer is less likely to crack
- Phenolic Backed: due to concern for the natural resources, this type is becoming more and more popular. It has the same advantages as paper backed veneer.
- Laid Up veneer is raw veneer that has been joined together to make larger pieces.
Most of the vanities available for sale on our website use all of the above kinds of wood: solid, MDF, and veneer. Typically the frame of the vanity would be made of solid wood, the backing and/or drawer bottoms of MDF and the cabinetry of quality veneer wood.
I hope that this has provided you with a clear understanding of what you are about to purchase! If you have any questions about the materials your vanity is made of, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service department.