A Guide To Common Materials And Finishes For A Bedroom

When it comes to materials & finishes for bedrooms, there are endless options to choose from. But there are certain things to keep in mind when choosing in terms strength, durability, moisture resistance and ease of maintenance. This guide will help you understand & choose the right material & finish for your bedroom.

How to choose the right material and finish for your bedroom

Common Materials For A Bedroom


Metal in the form of rods, railing, support structure, sheets, cladding, piped are used in bedrooms for specific interior design styles such as industrial, rustic, contemporary.

Bedroom metal wall decor in the form of rods, railing, support structure, sheets, cladding and piped for specific design styles


Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is often used in bedrooms as this material isn’t water-resistant and therefore only used in dry spaces. MDF is strong and is ideal to make wardrobes, cots, TV units,  study units and decorative pieces of furniture.

Mdf design for bedroom which is medium density fiberboard often used in bedrooms for dry spaces


Just like MDF, plywood is a common choice for use in bedrooms as they are strong, durable and lightweight. This material is not ideal for wet areas such as kitchens are best suited for to build wardrobe structures, cots et al.

Plywood for bedroom which is strong, durable and lightweight which is suitable for wardrobes

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High-Density Fiberboard is used in bedrooms in place of MDF in an area where increased strength  and rigidity is required. Used often in multi-functional furniture that has moving mechanisms, HDF offers durability for Murphy beds, mirror pull-outs and in wardrobes with in-built TV units. This material is more water resistant than MDF.

HDF material for bedroom which has strength and rigidity used in multi-functional furniture with moving mechanisms

Particle Boards:

This material is made by binding together wooden panels made of wood chips using a resin. They are lightweight and are used in place of plywood as they are relatively cheaper. They can be used to build wall partitions, false ceilings, shelves, study desks and cabinets.

Particle boards for bedroom materials made by wooden panels used for wall partitions, false ceilings, shelves and study desks

Common Finishes For A Bedroom


Veneers are made from original timber and hence are unique. No two are the same. And is this uniqueness of veneer that makes it an ideal choice for use in a bedroom or master bedroom to be more specific. Veneers come in limited varieties and are quite expensive. They require more maintenance compared to other finishes, as they require re-polishing once in a while. They are natural and hence give an aura of opulence, class and elegance to a bedroom. Any finish that’s naturally available trumps synthetic finishes like laminates or acrylic. Hence veneers are often used in bedrooms in wardrobes, cots, dressers, TV Units and study areas.

Veneer bedroom furniture and cupboards often used for wardrobes, cots, dressers, TV Units and study areas


Laminates are designed to mimic real wood or veneers. They come in a wide variety of patterns, colours both in matte and glossy variants. Though they are manufactured in a factory they are ideal when the cost of natural wood or the limited selection of veneers isn’t enough to design the bedroom of your dreams. Laminates require less maintenance and therefore make an excellent choice for use in guest and children’s bedrooms.

Laminates for bedroom with glossy variant best for guest and master bedroom in a wide variety of patterns

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Lacquer Glass:

Lacquered glass is often used in the bedroom because of their high lustre and decadent look and feel. They are expensive and are commonly used sparingly in other rooms and are mostly reserved for bedroom wardrobes and TV Units.

Lacquer glass for bedroom and wardrobes and tv units with high lustre and decadent look and feel


Most commonly used when designing master bedrooms as it renders any design a luxurious, upscale vibe. Several varieties come in tinted colours, frosted, pattern designs etc. Mirrors are used on walls, wardrobe shutters, TV Panels et al.

Mirror designs for bedroom with tinted colours, frosted and pattern designs used on walls and wardrobes

Opaque Or Coloured Glass:

Just like the lacquered glass opaque or coloured glasses are used in the bedrooms to add a radiant look. They are rich and are a commonly used master bedroom and are mostly used for wardrobes and TV Units in the bedroom.

Opaque or coloured glass are mostly used for walls and wardrobes to add a radiant look