Wall panels from MDF in the decoration of the apron and walls of the kitchen

In the kitchen, MDF wall panels are most often used for finishing an apron, but often for partial or complete wall cladding. In this article we will talk about how to choose the right material, as well as how to install an MDF kitchen apron with your own hands. In addition, here you will find 25 photo examples of the use of MDF in the interior..

Decorating the walls of the kitchen with MDF panels

Features, pros and cons

So, briefly about the material:

  • MDF boards are produced from woodworking industry waste. In fact, these are small chips that are pressed with a binder, lignin, “wood glue”. It turns out that MDF is much more environmentally friendly than its relative particleboard and has a formaldehyde emission class E1, that is, it is as safe for health as natural wood..
  • Wall panels are sold ready-to-install: veneered, laminated or painted.
  • An apron for a kitchen made of MDF is often laminated, in standard sizes: 4x2440x60 cm.For wall cladding, you should look for wall panels of greater length. For example Egger offers panels with a length of 2700 cm..

Apron from MDF panel in the interior

What is good about an apron for a kitchen made of MDF? We can name at least eight of its main advantages:

  1. Resistant to moisture and humidity. The tree in this criterion loses much to MDF..
  2. Durability – the panels will easily withstand accidental impacts due to their high density.
  3. Installation of panels does not require careful alignment of the walls, you can install them yourself quickly and easily, unlike tiles and glass.
  4. Ease of care. MDF panels are much easier to clean than glass, wood or multi-seam tiles.
  5. A lot of design possibilities: you can choose an imitation of wood or stone for your kitchen, choose a material to match the countertop or use panels with photo printing. The photo below shows an example of a “marble” apron made of MDF (scroll through).
  • Farutk from MDF marbled
  • Farutk from MDF marbled
  • Farutk from MDF marbled
  1. Low price compared to wood, stone, porcelain stoneware or agglomerate.
  2. Wall panels can be installed with a gap (that is, on the crate), which will allow you to mount electrical wiring or ventilation under them.
  3. If you decorate not only the “working” wall with MDF panels, but also the rest of the walls, then the kitchen will become quieter and warmer..
  • Wall panels MDF in the interior of the kitchen
  • Wall panels MDF in the interior of the kitchen
  • Wall panels MDF in the interior of the kitchen

But this material has its drawbacks:

  • Firstly, MDF panels are afraid of high temperatures, so it is undesirable to mount them next to a gas stove. Overheating can cause material deformation.
  • Secondly, MDF has a weak point – these are the ends. If they are open, then they must be protected from moisture and mechanical damage..
  • The third drawback is the instability to scratches and damage from sharp objects. No, if you lightly touch the walls with a knife, nothing will happen, but if you pull it off with force, then the decorative top layer will most likely peel off.
  • And finally, the last minus is unnaturalness. No matter how high-quality the photo printing on melamine film is, MDF panels will still lose out to natural wood or stone..
  • MDF panels in the interior of the kitchen
  • MDF panels in the interior of the kitchen

How to choose an MDF panel for the kitchen?

  1. MDF is worth buying from well-known manufacturers who have all the relevant quality certificates and value their reputation. For example, it can be the Russian Kronospan or the German Egger. It’s better to overpay for a brand than to run into low-quality material of insufficient density and high formaldehyde emission. Do not hesitate to ask the store for documents confirming the originality of the boards and their compliance with the formaldehyde emission class E1.
  • Kitchen apron made of MDF wood imitation
  • Kitchen apron made of MDF wood imitation
  1. Of course, before going to the store, you need to take the appropriate measurements and understand how much material and how long you need to buy. So, for example, for U-shaped, angular or a long kitchen will have to buy at least two sheets. If you are confident in your measurements, then cutting the material exactly to size can be ordered directly from the store. Otherwise, the exact fit of the material is done at home..

Wall MDF panel in a niche

  1. As for the thickness, it is better to choose MDF with a thickness of 4 mm: such material is more resistant to moisture and wear, but at the same time it does not interfere with the installation of kitchen cabinets.
  2. Wall panels should be chosen taking into account the design of the headset and the interior of the kitchen. You can navigate by the color and texture of facades, countertops, as well as floors, kitchen furniture and curtains.
  3. Keep in mind that if you choose a light apron, then the kitchen will visually appear larger, if it is dark, then the space will become more intimate, cozy.

Below are photo examples of light MDF aprons:

Light aprons from MDF

Light apron made of MDF

  • Light gray apron made of MDF
  • Light gray apron made of MDF
  1. Also, keep in mind that dust, grease and water stains are very noticeable on dark walls..
  2. When choosing a wall panel with a photo print for finishing an apron, do not forget that too colorful designs can overload the kitchen interior. Bright flowers, types of cities, fruits and vegetables will become an excellent accent only if the facades of the headset and the furnishings as a whole are very laconic, as, for example, in this kitchen project.

Apron from MDF with photo printing

If the interior already has colorful curtains or, say, wallpaper, then it is better to abandon an apron with photo printing in favor of, for example, traditional imitation of a tree..

  1. When buying a panel with photo printing, it is worth finding out by what technology the image was applied to the MDF. There are four basic technologies:
  • Application directly to the plate with ink. In this case, the price is minimal, but the durability of the pattern is also low..
  • The image is applied to the film, and it is glued to the MDF.
  • The picture is printed on acrylic, and then it is glued to the panel.
  • Hot lining: the image is applied to the slab, and then opened with varnish and protected with a special thermoplastic layer.

The price in the last two cases is higher, but the quality of the panels is different for the better..

In the following video, you can see a small crash test of an MDF apron with photo printing on acrylic:

And here is a video of a crash test of an apron made of lacquered MDF with photo printing:

Installing a kitchen apron made of MDF

Step 1. First, you should mark the wall and calculate the amount of material. If you have not ordered the cutting of the apron to the required size, then you need to do it yourself using a jigsaw.

Apron measurements

  • Please note that a panel of greater height is required under the hood. Often, not MDF is installed in this area, but a neutral background material is used, for example, a metal or glass screen or tiles. Below is an example of MDF protection in the place above the slab with transparent glass.
  • An example of protecting an MDF apron with a glass screen
  • An example of protecting an MDF apron with a glass screen
  • An example of protecting an MDF apron with a glass screen
  • An example of protecting an MDF apron with a glass screen
  • An example of protecting an MDF apron with a glass screen

Step 2. After the panel has already been cut to the required size, it must be prepared for installation and all the necessary holes cut out in the places where the sockets are installed. As a rule, 3-4 sockets are mounted near the working area, and their location must be accurately measured, then outlined in shape and cut out.

Step 3. Next, install the mounting plate – it will serve as a “prop” for the MDF apron. However, if the lower cabinets of the kitchen unit are already installed, then the support is not required.

Step 4. The fourth stage is the installation itself. You can fix the panels with glue or self-tapping screws. Each technology has both opponents and admirers. And we will consider both so that you can decide how exactly to install the wall panels with your own hands..

Fastening with self-tapping screws

Self-tapping mounting allows you to quickly replace the panel if necessary. The fastening itself provides for the marking of the sheet for self-tapping screws: one fastener each 500-600 mm. The holes in the wall must be made in advance, the dowels must be inserted into them, and then the screws must be screwed in, pulling the plate as fully as possible. Self-tapping caps can be hidden with special decorative plugs.

Glue mounting

With this method of installation, no holes are needed: you just need to prepare the holes for installing the sockets. The glue is purchased in a special tube. You will also need a glue gun, which makes it much easier to apply. The glue is distributed along the back side of the plate, horizontally, every 20 cm.An apron with glue is applied to the wall and fixed with special spacers for 14 hours.

Step 5. Next, the joint between the apron and the curbstones is treated with a sealant and closed with a plinth. Then you can proceed with the installation of sockets, roof rails or sinks.

You can see the process of installing an apron for a kitchen made of MDF with your own hands in the following video:

Price overview

And the last question that interests buyers of kitchen aprons from MDF is the price. The cost of full-size panels with photo printing 60 cm high is 1500-1800 rubles. Options with imitation of brick, wood, stone, tiles will cost in the range of 800-3000 rubles, depending on the thickness of the material (2 or 4 mm). Also, during installation, you will need special mounting glue, and this is another 250-300 rubles. per packing.