A How to Manual for Creating Shelves Out Of MDF

Lack of storage space is a typical problem in most families. In short, there are many objects to fit in cupboards and closets, resulting in a cluttered accumulation of items. There is no better storage option than shelves when it comes to getting storage options.

Many kinds of material are available to build the shelves like plywood, timber, particleboard, pvc board, etc. However, among these material, medium-density fibreboard or MDF is very popular.

A Man Making MDF Shelves

MDF is an excellent material for creating shelves because it is less expensive and durable than other material, robust enough to support light to medium loads, simple to cut to size, smooth on the surface, and paintable. MDF shelves can be strengthened to withstand greater weights.

If you are looking for information regarding how to set up the shelves. If you possess some introductory carpentry expertise, that is better. Let’s take a look at how to create MDF shelves:-

Things you will need

  • MDF boards
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Hammer drill
  • Spirit level
  • Measure tape
  • Paint (optional)
  • Respirator mask
  • Wall plugs and screws

Steps of Installing Shelves

  1. Planning and Measuring:
  2. In order to place shelves, you should first measure the available space. The shelves can be placed anywhere by considering the items that will be displayed on them. If you are building multiple shelves, you should also take into account the required distance between each one depending on what you plan to place on it.

  3. Cutting the MDF Boards:
  4. To keep the MDF board studier and safer you will need supporting timber pieces. Four components are required for the shelf: one for each side, plus two for additional support in the middle. A shelf with support is vital if you plan to store heavy items on it. Depending on how many shelves you are making, cut your parts accordingly. If you bought the MDF sheets without cutting them, then measure and cut to the precise size you require.

    If you decide to do it yourself, make sure to wear a respirator mask and work in a well-ventilated area.

  5. Secure the Support Structure:
  6. Your MDF shelves need to have a supporting structure otherwise they cannot bear the weight of items. The top of the higher shelf and the top of the structure must line properly. Start by attaching the first piece of the framework with screws to the alcove's rear wall, making sure it is level as you go. Start fitting the sides next, and then attach the front strip last.

    Pre-drilling holes in MDF is a good idea because it will assist prevent countersinking and splitting. Repeating this procedure will serve as the frame for your shelves if you are installing more than one shelf.

  7. The Final Fitting:
  8. Now that you are well past halfway through, it is time to finish up the fitting. Screw the bottom of the shelf to the support structure before fitting the shelf cladding. Put the shelf's top over it and fasten it with screws for additional security. Lastly, fasten the front panels to the shelf using screws.

  9. Paint the Shelves (Optional):
  10. Once your shelves are put together, you may give them naturalistic and artistic customization that goes well with your home design. First, you need to sand the shelves to give a smooth and knot-free surface. In the next step, do priming to prevent the MDF boards to absorb the paint. Last, of all, paint your MDF project.

Handy Tips while installing MDF Shelves

  • Avoid Rough and Tough Holding on the MDF Boards: MDF sheet edges and corners are susceptible to damage and crushing. Be cautious when handling these bumping or accidentally hitting hard items could harm the MDF sheets' corners and edges.
  • Always Wear Masks and Goggles while Working with MDF: Wearing a mask and goggles is advised since MDF generates fine dust, which can get in your eyes or nose.
  • Route and Cut MDF outside: When you cut or route MDF, very few dust particles will be produced. Additionally, compared to dust from other wood products, the dust particles tend to hang about in the air for a lot longer. To better control the dust from the MDF sheets, it will be advisable to cut and route outside.
  • Use Power Nails while Working with MDF Boards: MDF sheets can be rigid, making it challenging to hand drive nails into them. If you use a hammer on MDF, you could potentially bend the nails. Given their simplicity and speed, a power nail would be preferable for joining pieces of MDF together.
  • Make Drill Holes into MDF before You Drive the Screws: Drill a hole around 80% the diameter of the screw before inserting it when attaching MDF with screws. MDF is a solid material, therefore trying to force a screw into it could cause the sheet to fracture.

To Sum Up

It is really affordable and reasonably simple to set up shelves in your living space or bedroom. Organize your extensive collection of goods and essential items that are not needed at the moment. Contact VIR MDF to avail strong, termite, and water-resistant MDF boards that are available in various thicknesses and sizes.