So, I've read a lot about different ways folks tend to approach built-ins, and I can't seem to find a definitive viewpoint on this question. Hoping someone can provide some insight.
To provide some background, I'm going to be building two built-ins for my kids. Each will have three vertical sections in an 8' closet, with the widest section running about 32" (that's one hanging section in the larger closet, which has two shelves). The whole thing will be about 18" deep, I'll be using dados for all the shelves, and finishing with ~2" poplar trim on the fronts both for looks and strength. I'll also be building out some drawers in the future. Rough designs are below.
Closet 1 (2 potential layouts):
Closet 2 (2 potential layouts):
Right now I'm leaning towards 3/4" NAF MDF, both given it's stability, appearance (like smooth), and the costs. However, I don't want to cut my nose off to spite my face, and am a little concerned whether it's got the right strength for some of the weight that will likely be on the hanging rods, etc.
Thoughts? Anyone have experience with using MDF vs Ply? Thanks in advance for any insight or guidance.