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What is MDF and why use it for skirting boards?


Choosing a design for your skirting can be pretty hard these days due to the variety available on the internet. Choosing the material to use can be an even harder choice due to the pros and cons of each material. We use MDF for almost all of the skirting we manufacture, but...

What is MDF?

Believe it or not, we get quite a few customers who will ask the question - 'what is MDF?'. We start by saying that MDF stands for Medium Density Fibreboard.

It is a manmade material and is often found in products like furniture for your home. MDF is manufactured using wood fibres that are gathered from hardwoods and softwoods that have been broken down. High temperatures and pressures are used along with waxes and resins to bind the wood fibers together and make the sheets of MDF that we use to create skirting boards.

So, you're no longer asking the question 'what is mdf?'. Now you want to know...

Why use MDF over softwoods like Pine or hardwoods like Oak?

When our customers ask us what material we recommend they use for their skirting and architrave, we always tell them that MDF is the best option for many reasons (we also recommend HDF, but that's for another post!):

  • MDF is cheaper than almost every other common material used to create skirting boards.
  • MDF is made to last and will generally last for as long as the property it is used within.
  • The surface of MDF is smooth making the final paint finish smooth also. This is a benefit of not having a grain and imperfections such as knots and holes commonly found in materials like Pine.
  • MDF won't expand and contract like wood

If you need extra protection against moisture (issues with damp, bathrooms, etc.), HDF is the material we would recommend but generally MDF should be perfect for most households.

All of our products are available in MDF - this includes skirting, architraves, window boards and door frames.

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What's the purpose of a skirting board?

Skirting boards have been around for many years (known as a baseboard in the USA) and have quite a few purposes.

Victorian 2 Skirting

They make a room look much more appealing to the eye: most of the time, there is a gap where a wall meets a floor. This can be unsightly and so a skirting board would be used to cover this up and give it a much higher quality finished look. You can choose from a wide variety of designs when it comes to skirting boards nowadays as they are also seen as a decorative piece of the household interior.

They protect the bottom of the wall from scuffs and scrapes: if you've ever hoovered in your life, you'll know that you have to go all the way up to the wall and this means there will be contact between the wall and the hoover. Without skirting boards, your precious walls would probably be reduced to rubble in very little time. Add children with toys to the mix and the skirting boards are a must as they'll take the brunt of the damage.

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How to fit skirting boards

So you've just got your hands on some nice new skirting boards. Now it's time to install them. Here's some of our tips on how to fit skirting boards.


How to fit skirting boards with Gripfill

We sell a product called Gripfill that is a fantastic adhesive. When our customers ask us what they should use to fit their new skirting boards, we recommend this product because we know it does what it says on the tin. Fitting skirting boards with Gripfill couldn't be easier - put some on the back of the board and stick it to the wall. That's the short version, but it is still very simple to use and super effective in the long run.


We recommend making sure that the back of the skirting board is as clean as possible and dust free. This applies to the wall on which the skirting board is going to be fitted. Once this is done, put a line of Gripfill on the back of the skirting board - starting from one end and finishing at the other.

Next, align the skirting board with the wall you are fitting it to and firmly push it against the wall. Hold it in place firmly for around a minute. Finally, we recommend using two small pins in either end of the skirting board to secure it to the wall whilst the Gripfill dries. This is optional, but will make sure the skirting board sits in place while the Gripfill gets to work.


How to fit skirting boards with plugs and screws

Using this method is reliable and can be quicker than waiting around for adhesives to dry. The downfall is that you will be left with visible holes that will have to be filled in.

First of all, simply use a pilot drill to create holes in skirting boards for the screws. You may want to do this whilst the skirting boards are positioned where you want them to be so that you can drill into the wall for the plug to be inserted. You can also countersink the holes in the skirting boards using a larger drill - this will hide the screws away and make it easier to fill them in.

Once the holes are done (and the plugs are in the wall) you simply put the skirting board into position and secure them to the wall using screws. The final step would be filling in the screw holes to give the skirting boards a smooth and even look.

These are just our tips to help you fit your skirting boards. You can find more information here.

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Which skirting would best suit your home?

Deciding on the skirting boards you want around your home doesn't have to be difficult.

Skirting World Samples

We offer samples of all of our profiles you can see online! Make sure that your making the right choice by ordering some samples to see how they sit in your home or match up to older skirting boards.

You can have upto 5 samples per address meaning you don't have to narrow your choices down to much! The samples start from £2.50 and all come with free delivery!

Interested in our samples? Click here for our range.


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