Repeat after us: Plywood is cool! Simple but stylish, stunning but budget-friendly, this is one material not to be overlooked when planning any kind of home renovation. Plywood is composed of thin wood veneer sheets which have been tightly glued together. The quality of plywood depends on the degree of rotation between each layer, which affects the strength and durability of the piece. So why should you consider plywood when you’re looking to improve your home?
Because plywood is manufactured, it won’t bear the marks and irregularities of regular lumber that can render some material less useable. Coming in standard sheet sizes, it’s fairly good value-for-money and provides a lot of potential for projects of unusual shapes or sizes. Big material for little cost!
Plywood is used in basic construction, but can also pop up in furniture, decoration and flooring in both domestic and work spaces. Bedheads, stairs, partitions, cabinets, fencing - there’s often plywood in wind-turbine blades and loud speakers! You can also get it with a number of different surface woods - from oak to bamboo - which means a number of different appearances to be working with.
Plywood is deliberately constructed to prevent fracturing when being nailed. It doesn’t warp, shrink or expand - choose hardwood plywood if you’re looking for something extra damage-resistant.
As a highly processed and treated product, plywood is available in many specific styles and structures. Take tropical plywood, for instance - it’s made from species native to humid regions of the world, is hugely affordable and suitable for warmer climates. Depending on your preferences, it can also be fire-retardant and moisture-resistant.
Plywood can be made to look exactly like “real” wood. But thanks to budget-friendly giants like IKEA, processed wood is fast becoming a fashion statement in itself. Minimalist and stylish, decking your home out in unpainted plywood is a strikingly modern choice and it can easily be dressed up or down, depending on your preference for warm or industrial interiors.