Cabinets, Furniture, Woodworks/JOints for MDF



I am starting my furniture business where I am planing to make home furniture in MDF. I would like to ship the furniture as flatpack just like IKEA does. I wanted to know what types of joinery can I use for MDF furnitures that customers can easily assemble at home.

ANy suggestion?

Hi Sanjay,

There are generally two methods for assembling MDF furniture - using some sort of mechanical fitting, like Confirmat screws, or using dowels, which means your pieces will have to be clamped and glued. Here is a link to a company that uses both of these:

That said, there are also some other metal devices, called KD fittings, which stands for "knock-down" fittings, meaning that the piece can be assembled and then taken apart.  

Here is a link:

Most manufacturers will use some sort of fitting that allows the end user to assemble the piece with simple hand tools, like a screw driver. If I were starting a furniture company, that is what I would use. Do your homework and find a system that works well, and is easy to integrate into your pieces.

Good luck! Hope this helps,

Jamie in Vegas

Jamie Yocono
Wood It Is! Custom Cabinetry
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Woodworker, Furniture designer/builder, industrial arts educator. Bachelor degree in Furniture Design, and journeyman carpenter, with a 4 year apprenticeship. Currently owner of custom furniture/cabinet shop in Las Vegas, NV. Can answer most woodworking questions EXCEPT those regarding repairs, refinishing, and antiques.


Bachelor in Furniture Design - Ohio University (1980) Journeyman Carpenter, Local 639 Adult educator - Developed adult education woodworking program for the University of Akron, and taught classes there for 9 years. Opened a private woodworking school in Las Vegas, NV and teach private and semi-private lessons. In 2011, I will begin teaching UNLV woodworking classes at my school. Sweet!

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