MDF or Pine Skirting Board: Which is the Best for Your Home?

Lengths of MDF skirting board
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You’ve decided that you want new skirting, but what’s best — MDF or pine skirting board? This can depend very much on the job at hand. Are you looking to replace skirting boards in a high traffic area? Does your bathroom need new skirting? Do you live in a period property that needs its skirting updating?

MDF is stronger than pine, has a smooth, blemish-free surface, is less prone to warping and is a good choice if you are painting skirting boards. MDF comes either pre-primed or finished making it easy to paint. It boasts plenty of styles and sizes.

Pine has the beauty of natural grain making it ideal for projects where a varnished finish fits the bill. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.