MFL’s Guide to Edge Banding
Introduction to Edge Banding
Edge Banding is the name of both:
1. A wood panelling production process
2. An associated narrow strip of material used to create durable and aesthetically-pleasing trim edges in the furniture making and carpentry industry.
Edge Banding is when a narrow strip is cut to size to cover and seal the edges of any panels exposed during the initial panel cutting process. Edge Banding increases the longevity of wooden panels by protecting them from potential impact and water damage. Not only this, but raw edges tend to look unattractive and less professional - Edge Banding adds the perfect finishing touch to any piece of furniture.
Edge Banding is most commonly used on Plywood, MDF, and Melamine panels - it covers the original rough edges to give a polished professional finish.
The purpose of Edge Banding
Edge Banding has two different purposes; relating to both aesthetic and functionality.
In terms of aesthetic, Edge Banding can cover up the raw edges to add a glossy or matte finish to the tops and bottoms of the panel. Although simple, it can give any piece of furniture that ‘finished’ look that can elevate your design to the next level.
In terms of functionality, Edge Banding can add an additional layer of protection to your products. It keeps the moisture out of your furniture by sealing off the raw edge of the core material. Edge Banding also generally improves the practical longevity of your furniture by making it more durable and impact resistant.
Edge Banding improves durability, whilst remaining easy to install. Additionally, at MFL, we can tailor your Edge Banding to fit your desired style - you can select the width, thickness, colour and finish that best suits your needs. Both in terms of style and practicality, Edge Banding is the perfect finishing touch for any piece of furniture.
The different types of Edge Banding.
There are several different types of Edge Banding that can be applied to wood panels. These include:
PVC - also known as Polymerizing Vinyl Chloride. In the furniture industry, PVC is one of the most common Edge Banding materials, as it’s extremely durable and long-lasting.
PP - A semi-crystalline plastic otherwise known as Polypropylene. It is usually used in packaging or as an alternative for PVC and ABS in the furniture industry.
ABS - Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is remarkably similar to PVC. However, unlike PVC, it doesn’t include chlorine and is less dense.
Melamine - Melamine Edging is available in different wood effects and colours, meaning it can be tailored to create your ideal finish. Melamine is long-lasting and can produce a high-gloss finish.
Wood Veneer - Wood veneer is made up of thin slices of wood. It is usually produced by joining pieces of veneer together to create a ‘master roll’.
What Tools/Machinery are used for Edge Banding?
To give a superior-high-quality finish, Edge Banding is best done with the correct tools, materials, and machinery - rather than a DIY approach. The most bespoke machinery can even apply Edge Banding accurately and flawlessly to curved edges.
At MFL, we use state-of-the-art machinery to ensure the highest standard of Edge Banding possible. We offer a panel edging service, where panels are polished to ensure sharp, clean edges, aiding with a high-quality application during the Edge Banding process. From there, we apply your chosen edging with our unique IMA Edgebander, to maximise accuracy and precision.
Our IMA Edgebander works with hot melt adhesives (hot glue) to attach the appropriate edging and give a flawless finish to your design. At MFL, we offer a wide variety of different edging materials and colours, and the width and thickness can also be adjusted to suit your needs.
How MFL can help
As our customer, your needs are our top priority. With MFL, you will have a say in every stage of the manufacturing process. We design each product with your requirements in mind, allowing the option to customise the colour, thickness, and finish of your chosen panels and Edge Banding. We have the expertise and skills required to ensure high-quality Edge Banding services.