Particle Board is created by pressurizing scraps of wood, then covering with a vinyl layer that replicates the wood finish you desire. (It is sometimes called MDF, short for medium density fiberboard.)
- Cabinets made from particle board are typically less expensive, but can be of lower quality.
- The vinyl layer runs the risk of peeling (on the interior) and can require occasional repairs.
- Particle board is more sensitive to moisture and can swell or warp with significant exposure to water or humidity.
- Benefits of particle board cabinets are: lower cost and (usually) greater availability/lower production time. Particle board is also more dense, allowing it to hold screws and bolts tighter and with less difficulty.
KraftMaid and Candlelight Cabinetry offer a particle board option which can help keep costs down.