Don’t you hate it when you open your kitchen cabinet to take something out and notice a large damp spot in the corner? Dampness in cabinets and furniture can result in both cleanliness issues and long-term damage. But, we have a solution for you, and it’s called HDF HMR. This material is the next big thing in the world of furniture and materials. Teeming with questions, aren’t you? We have answered them all here!

#1: What is HDF HMR?

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This is what HDF raw material looks like

HDF HMR stands for High-Density Fibreboard High Moisture Resistance. These boards are made by combining fibre chips and forest wood waste through a homogeneously constructed process. The fibre chips are pressed together to form a single layer, removing small wood content to form a robust higher density board. These boards are mainly used in moisture and high water intensity areas like the kitchen.

#2: What are the strengths of HDF material? 

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HDF is commonly used in high traffic areas like kitchens
  • High Moisture Resistance – Resins and binding agents make the HDF board moisture resistant
  • Durability – HDF is made from hardwood fibres and has a density of >1000kg/m3
  • High Strength – High-density fibre bonding ensures screw holding capacity of up to 10 times more than plywood
  • High Usability – HDF wood is durable and strong, ensuring that it can be used for a long time even in high-traffic and moisture zones like kitchens and bathrooms
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#3: MDF vs HDF

Medium-Density FibreboardHigh-Density Fibreboard
Made of hardwood and softwoodMade of wood fibres from forest wood waste
Density is between 600-800 kg/m3Density is above 840 kg/m3
Low CostHigher cost than MDF
It isn’t as long-lasting as HDF due to lower densityLong-lasting

#4: HDF vs Plywood

It is a type of fibreboardIt is a type of engineered wood
Its durability makes it a long-lasting optionIf laminated or veneered, can last for over 50 years
Less expensiveMore expensive
Used in high-traffic areas and places where there is a high level of moisture — kitchens, bathrooms, laminate flooringMostly used for making custom furniture

#5: Where can HDF be used?

Considering the fact that HDF is both high density and moisture-resistant, the most common areas where this material is used are high traffic zones and places where there is more moisture. At Livspace, we are replacing the back panels of all our modular products (kitchen, wardrobe and storage) with HDF HMR (5.5mm). The reason is that the back panel is closest to the wall, making it vulnerable to moisture. High density fibreboard, being moisture-resistant ensures that the back panel and thereby the overall unit lasts for a long time. HDF HMR boards also come with 10 times more screw strength than other boards and plywoods.


HDF cabinets in your kitchen require lesser repairs

The kitchen is one of the highest traffic zones in your home. In addition, kitchen cabinets are also very vulnerable to damage due to water and moisture. As such, it is always a good idea to opt for high density fibreboard cabinets for your kitchen. While the HDF HMR back panel ensures durability, you can choose decorative finishes like acrylic for a smart and modern look.

Wardrobes & Storage

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Make wardrobes long-lasting with high density fibreboard
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Storage units with back panels made of high density fibreboard ensure longevity

When you buy a wardrobe or a storage unit, you plan to use it for a long time (maybe even pass it on to your kids and grandkids)! But, if the core isn’t strong, your almirah will not last very long. This is the reason why high density fibreboard is used as the back panel for wardrobes and storage units, to make them last a long time.

Other places where high density fibreboard board is commonly used:

  • Bathrooms
  • Laminate flooring
  • Wall panelling

#6: What is the cost of HDF?

High density fibreboard is one of the most cost-effective fibreboard materials that are available in the market. It is much easier on the pockets as compared to all types of plywood while providing higher strength. The only material that is cheaper than high density fibreboard is MDF.

Cost of:

MDF<HDF HMR<Commercial Plywood<BWR Plywood<BWP Plywood

By using high density fibreboard as the core material, you can protect your cabinets from moisture and decay and also make them last a long time. 

Also Read: Everything You Should Know About MDF

How Can Livspace Help You? 

We hope you found our ideas useful! If you want your home to be just as beautiful, then look no further. Book an online consultation with Livspace today. Delivering safe home interiors has been our No. 1 priority. Click here to find out how interiors are being delivered following all safety protocols.  

***Colours and finishes are subject to availability. Please check with your nearest Livspace store to check availability.

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