When researching which type of standing desk you should purchase, there are a number of variables you need to consider. For instance, the type of tabletop (singular, twin, v-shaped), the size and the color of your tabletop and frame, and the type of tabletop material you wish to opt for.
Progressive Desk offers two types of tabletop materials: Melamine Faced Chipboard (MFC) and Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF). In this article, we will break down the characteristics and performances of our tabletop materials to find which tabletop will suit your needs better, as well as comparing them to other materials such as glass and solid wood.
Popular Tabletop Material Types
Glass tabletops are very elegant and look great in modern design. They can make a room look larger and enhance the beauty of your space. However, the downside of glass tabletops is that they require regular cleaning to maintain their look as they can easily be dirtied by fingerprints, smudges, dust, or even leave watermarks that are hard to remove. They also need to be treated with extreme care to avoid scratches or damage of any kind.
Further to this, while glass tabletops are extremely appealing, be mindful that everything can be seen underneath the table requiring constant cleanliness and high-quality décor.
Solid wood is extremely durable and aesthetically-pleasing, regardless of whether it will be your workstation or dining table. The natural texture is a very desirable look, with MDF material being the closest replica of it.
However, there are some downsides to solid wood:
Prone to Moisture
Moisture is not a major issue, especially if your tabletop has a good finish. However, over time you could accidentally damage the surface that will accumulate in significant damage over time. Even the tiniest crack in this surface can result in a colony of fungi and mold.
Vulnerability to Compression/Expansion
Solid wood is affected when there are rapid changes in temperature and humidity. Depending on the hotness or the coldness of the environment, this could cause the wood to lose its overall integrity over time.
Attractive to Pests
Solid wood is known to become a victim of termites. You would require proper chemical treatment for a solid wood tabletop material in order to cut the risk of infestations.
Melamine Faced Chipboard (MFC)
MFC is an eco-friendly material made from wood chips, tree shavings or sawdust. This means there is no waste when this particleboard is manufactured. Our MFC tabletops provide a beautiful, long-lasting finish that protects from any potential stains or scratches. They are produced with great structural integrity and dimensional stability as it is made using thick carcass panels.
|FEATURES||FACTORS TO CONSIDER|
|• Eco-friendly||• Coasters and placemats will minimize wear and damage|
|• Very stable due to its thick carcass panels||• Gentle cleaners remove most surface marks|
|• Lightweight and can easily be transported||• Can chip and scratch with heavy usage|
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
MDF is an engineered wood that is easier to cut and shape compared to MFC. This type of material has an exceptionally smooth texture due to the wood fibers being bound together by high heat and pressure. As the fibers are arbitrarily oriented, machines can easily cut them in any direction. MDF boards are highly versatile and have a minimal reaction to moisture.
|FEATURES||FACTORS TO CONSIDER|
|• Modern looking||• Coasters and placemats will minimize wear and damage|
|• Engineered wood with durable, non-toxic powder coating||• Gentle cleaners remove most surface marks|
|• Does not swell or diminish with humidity||• Can chip and scratch with heavy usage|
|• Low maintenance|
Regarding the surface of our tabletops, we use laminate material, also known as veneers. Laminate consists of a wood core that is coated with a plastic finish. Laminate tabletops are family-friendly, cost-effective, low-maintenance, and are very versatile. Since laminate is a solid surface, it does not absorb bacteria as some natural solid wood or stone surfaces would. These types of tabletops are easy to clean as you only require soap and water – no polishes or sealers are needed.
Which Material Should You Go For?
There is no true winner here. The tabletop material of your choice would depend on your environment, budget, and the look you would like to go for. However, MDF or MFC may be the better choice for a workstation as they allow for more control of the look and design.
While glass, engineered wood, and natural wood all have their own set of pros and cons, your choice will depend on your specific needs and requirements. This article highlighted the key differences and functionalities of our two tabletop materials: MFC and MDF. From this article, we hope you can make an educated decision when purchasing your tabletop and have all the required information.
However, if you need further clarification or would simply prefer to speak with us on this topic, contact us and our sales representatives would be delighted to help.