Know your Materials: Pre-Laminated Particle Board


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If you’re doing up your home, especially a new one, you’re probably faced with this problem of choosing materials. You’re not sure what you should use, and you might feel the need to prep up and do some reading before you talk to an interior designer.

Here’s that prepping up! You’ll probably hear the words pre-laminated particle board quite often. Not sure what it is? Where to use it? Whether you should use it or not?

Let’s start with the basics.

What is pre-laminated particle board?

Firstly, particle board itself is a manufactured board made from wood chips and glue which are compressed together under heat, and then sold in a board shape, from which it can be easily cut into required sizes. Pre-laminated board is covered, again in the manufacturing process, with a range of veneers or laminates. This gives you a large variety of options with regard to finish.

Further options are – it could be made from MDF – medium density fiber, or HDF, high-density fiber boards. In both cases, the laminates are attached during the manufacturing process, and could appear either on one side or on both sides.

What you might have heard

That pre-laminated particle board is weak, and tends to chip. It’s true that pre-laminates cannot be worked upon by hand tools, because of their structure. However, they’re strong enough to make your kitchen cabinets and wardrobes and shelves – basically, any kind of fixed furniture. In fact, they’re specifically engineered to take such loads. They can last just as long as you need them to!

What you need to keep in mind is that they need to be made in a factory setting. Traditional nails don’t work on them, so you need to make sure that if you’re using pre-laminates, your cabinets are machine-made, not hand-made.

Where to use them

You can use pre-laminates to make your modular kitchen, as well as your wardrobes and shelves. What you need to keep in mind is that for spaces like the kitchen, you want them to be waterproof. Make sure you use a waterproof grade pre-laminate in spaces which are prone to damp and grease. As for your bedroom shelves and wardrobes, internal grade would be more suited.

Why you would want to use them

Most importantly, this is the most cost-effective material you can use for your fixed furniture. Even if your budget is looking tight, you’ll find that you can still afford that modular kitchen or wall-extending wardrobe that you dreamt of.

And then, there’s the looks. The options of colour, texture and finish in pre-laminates are huge. Want a wood finish? You’ll find it. Think you’d like to go matte? It’s available. More into bright colours and glossy textures? They’re yours.

So, keeping in mind the reduced cost factors, you’ll find that pre-laminates render accessible the kind of design and style you really wanted when you set out making your home. At the same time, they can give you the durability and resistance you need to make sure your furniture lasts. All you need to do is make sure they’re factory-made and designed to suit your convenience!

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