Types of particle board: learn about the different types of particle board


Wood is an organic material that gets damaged and loses its strength over time without proper care. While it can usually be fixed with a few coatings of polyurethane, if you want to ensure the longevity of your furniture, you may want to choose particleboard as a material for your project.

What is particle board?

There are many types of particle board. The three main types are rigid (rigid-core) particle board, semi-rigid/flexible-core and plywood. Rigid-core particle board is typically made from hardwood such as oak or pine. It can be cut, drilled and nailed much easier than other particle boards because the hardwood is more resistant to warping. Plywood has a layer of veneer on each side, which makes it much thicker than the others and more resistant to water damage.

Types of particle board

There are different types of particle board. Most particle board is made of wood fibers that are pressed into a binder. There are two main types of particle board – AC4 and AC3. The difference between the two is that AC4 contains more graphite than AC3 does.

Pros and Cons of each type of particle board

There are two main types of particle board: particle board that is made with 100% recycled material, and particle board that is made from 75% recycled material. The first type of particle board has a much smaller carbon footprint due to the fact that it uses 100% recycled materials. However, this type of particle board is more susceptible to warping, cracking, and splitting because of the increased moisture content in the recycled substrate.


There are different types of particle board, but the most common is MDF or medium-density fiberboard. It’s a type of hardwood that is glued together with resins and pressed into large sheets for use in building construction.

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