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Does the terminology that kitchen manufacturers use often confuse you?

Here at Shaker Kitchens Online we would like to give you clarity so that when you are comparing you have a full understanding of both our product and our competitors products.

What is a Carcase? 

The carcase is the main structure of the cabinet (The inside of the cupboard)

What are kitchen carcases made from?

MFC (Melamine Faced Chipboard)

The vast majority of manufacturers use MFC (Melamine Faced Chipboard)(sometimes known as particle board) is the industry standard.

In simple terms this is chipboard coated with a very thin layer of plastic covered paper either in a plain colour or printed to look like wood.

We sometimes refer to it as Weetabix….and we all know what happens to Weetabix when it gets wet!


MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard)


Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood-based sheet material made by bonding together wood fibres with a synthetic resin adhesive. MDF is extremely versatile and can be machined and finished to a high standard. As a result, MDF has replaced solid timber as a low-cost alternative in a wide range of applications across industry.

In itself MDF is a very useful and stable material and is used throughout the furniture industry.

It is important that when it is used within a kitchen environment that the “Moisture Resistant” version is used (visibly green in colour in it’s raw state). It therefore has a place in kitchen manufacturing and SKOL uses the moisture resistant type within door panels and end panels.

MDF is a very heavy material and consequently an entire cabinet made from MDF is prohibitively heavy. Very stable walls are required for hanging wall cupboards made entirely from MDF.


Birch plywood is a high quality multi-ply panel made with layers of real timber with


excellent physical and mechanical properties. It is used extensively in construction, packaging, furniture and vehicle manufacture and other precision engineering applications. Its main attributes are its consistent strength, fine grain texture and ease of finishing. When lacquered, birch plywood emphasises the beautiful grain of  natural birch.

Moisture Resistance – Plywood has the advantage over any particle board.

Construction Longevity – Plywood holds mechanical fasteners (nails, screws) better than particle board. Additionally, plywood has greater effectiveness in holding glued joints. A glued joint has much better physical properties than a mechanical joint. Higher end cabinets will have glued construction.

Strength – Plywood has a marked advantage over particle board in tensile and shearing properties. In compressive strength plywood still has the advantage.

Drawer Construction and Material.

Well-built drawers are critical, because they get the most use. The best ones have solid


hardwood sides, dovetail joinery, and a plywood bottom that fits grooves on four sides and are finished with a hard wearing lacquer. The Drawerboxes should be mounted on quality soft close runners as standard