Cabinets are the most decorative and elegant bathroom and kitchen items that provides a storage space for storing bathroom accessories, such as deodorants, soaps, and detergents. Likewise, you can keep your towels and napkins which are important during bathing in your cabinet.
If you are shopping for a bathroom vanity, you will be faced with the problem of selection between the solid wood bathroom vanity and MDF. For you to make the right decision, you need to first decide the type of construction that is right for you. Most times, any of the available options can be perfect for you.
Just as it sounds, a solid wood vanity will last longer and withstand more harsh conditions of the bathroom. However, because it is a wood, it can expand and contract with extreme moistures. Furthermore, wood also has its own natural imperfections, such as knots, discolorations, and veining. These effects are neither positive nor negative. Rather, it boils down to your personal preference. What’s more, solid wood vanities are generally a little bit expensive.
A bathroom solid wood cabinet vanity with veneers is another type of kitchen cabinet with wood construction base but covered with a veneer. The veneer is a thin decorative covering made of fine wood and used at the apex part of the wood (or MDF). Generally, the veneer is used to improve the appearance of the wood while making it more consistent. Veneers also provide a room for variations of wood grains and colors.
MDF, or Medium Density Fiberboard, is made up of refined fine wood particles that are mixed with resins and waxes. These constituents are groomed together and pressed into boards laminated with veneers. MDF generally works perfectly with dowels more than it does with screws. According to feedbacks given by users, the formaldehyde used in the gluing process tends to leak into the too unless it is properly sealed. However, it is very hard to know if an MDF is properly sealed or not. China is k own to be the top supplier of MDF vanities although a lot of other countries have started producing as well. Since MDF are highly susceptible to water damage, placing them near shower is not recommended.
Notably, also, MDF is quite cheaper and more affordable than solid wood bathroom cabinet. Likewise, the simplicity of MDF has made it a top choice for most modern homeowners. However, this does not cover the durability and longevity that solid wood cabinets tend to offer. More so, solid wood cabinets are more water-resistant than the MDF.
In the end, it all boils down to your budget, lifestyle, and style. No doubt, MDF vanities are generally less expensive. More so, there are several varieties of MDF to choose from. They also last longer but the problem of water and the complaints of formaldehyde might pose a big problem.