A cabinet back wall is often made of very thin material

In standard furniture, the furniture and cabinet manufacturers supply cabinet back panels made of thin hardboard. The three to five millimeter thick panels are coated or painted on one side with plastic. The outwardly facing surface has a sort of screen pattern. The quality of the furniture also enhances the back wall design.

Mounting and Production

By default, most manufacturers supply medium density fibreboard (MDF), three millimeters thick, as furniture and cabinet back panels. The inside surface is painted white or coated to protect the textiles stored in the cabinet.

For a large wardrobe with overhead height and two or more doors, the rear wall of the cabinet is made up of several parts. They are connected by profile strips, in which the rear walls can be inserted on both sides.

The manufacturer orders a circumferential groove with a sufficient rebate depth on the cabinet frame. The back wall is inserted. The thin versions have the advantage of being able to be attached by elasticity without opening a cabinet side by inserting.

Materials, materials and properties

The fiberboards can be manufactured in different processes and with different composites:

  • pressboard
  • glue boards
  • coarse chipboard (OSB)
  • medium density fibreboard (MDF)
  • presser materials (cardboard)

All simple designs have in common that they are sensitive against moisture and moisture and have only low impact and impact resistance. They can be reinforced by stronger plates, with groove and fold must be reworked accordingly.

In high-quality furniture classes, panels made of real wood are used as a cabinet back wall. Quality manufacturers usually use plywood with thicknesses between five and eight millimeters. The cabinet rear walls also stabilize very large cabinets that act as room dividers due to their stiffening.

Only conditionally suitable for coating and wallpapering

The pressed back panels must be checked for suitability before being processed. Since painting or wallpapering is always associated with the application of moisture, the result can be unsatisfactory or unusable.

In some cases simple cabinet back walls can be embellished if "dry" colorants such as spray paint are used. Generally, however, a top plate made of better material than covering the cabinet rear wall or removing and replacing the safe way.

Tips & TricksIf you discover mold on the back wall, replace it. The spores "eat" deeply in pressing plates and can not be completely removed by cleaning.
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