What is Iron on Edging?

Wednesday, 7 May 2014  |  edgeband.co.uk

Iron on edging, also referred to as edge banding, is a tape that is applied to the exposed edge of materials such as chipboard or MDF to give a professional finished appearance. It is relatively inexpensive and very easy to apply.

The edging is coated on the back with an adhesive and is simply heated with a normal household iron on a medium setting, the glue melts and forms a strong bond between the edge and the tape. It is then trimmed with a trimming tool or Stanley blade and lightly sanded. See our guide on applying your iron on edging.

iron on edging
edging for shelving

The edging is coated on the back with an adhesive and is simply heated with a normal household iron on a medium setting, the glue melts and forms a strong bond between the edge and the tape. It is then trimmed with a trimming tool or Stanley blade and lightly sanded. See our guide on applying your iron on edging.

You can apply the edging tape to shelves, worktops & cabinets. It is used in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and living areas, by professionals, DIY enthusiasts and crafters.

Several types are available depending on your project. Iron on veneer is a thin slice of real wood that can give the appearance of a solid wood finish, there are many wood edging species available, examples include iron on Oak veneer, Maple, Walnut, Birch and Cherry. Iron on Veneer edging
Iron on Melamine Edging Iron on Melamine edging is a cheaper option and is used extensively in the manufacture of kitchen and bedroom furniture. It is a specialist resin-saturated paper which is lacquered to give it resilience. It comes in a wide range of colours and wood effects and several finishes including matt and gloss.
In summary iron on edging is a quick and easy way to hide the exposed edge of a variety of materials. It comes in lots of different colours and finishes and in several widths and lengths to suit every project.