Wainscoting, the process of covering the lower section of a wall with some form of paneling or wallpaper, is a simple way to dress up your interiors. MDF wainscoting is one of the most inexpensive wainscoting materials to use, and can even be installed as a DIY project. Here’s some more information to get you started.
One of the least expensive wainscoting materials, you can install MDF wainscoting in your own home for about $25 per linear foot, or $200 for an entire wainscoting kit. Get a price quote from a professional if you’d prefer to hire out.
While it may not be as durable as natural hardwood, MDF is considered to have a relatively high durability. It won’t change its shape due to temperature differences, and is considered to be somewhat water-resistant as long as it’s not exposed to large amounts of water for an extended period of time.
MDF wainscoting is extremely easy to keep clean, and generally requires little to no other maintenance. Simply wipe down the area with a clean, damp cloth to remove dirt and dust, and wipe dry. For tougher stains, use a cleaning solution of dishwashing detergent and warm water.
MDF, or medium density fiberboard, is composed of many small particles of wood waste materials compressed together with resins and heat. The result is a smooth, even-surfaced panel. Because MDF is manufactured out of waste materials, it is an eco-friendly product.
MDF has a very easy installation process. Simply pre-paint the MDF to your desired color, cut the boards, nail into place with a finish nailer, caulk the holes and seams, and then touch-up the paint.
Wainscoting has been a home decorating staple since its origins in 16th-century England. It was originally intended to keep cold, damp weather out and to show a family’s wealth.
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