Plywood as Finished Ceilings, Walls, Counters, Cabinetry, Floors and Accents.


has earned its place in the pantheon of versatile and indispensable building materials at the architect’s disposal. Strong, lightweight, relatively inexpensive, and easy to work with and install, it’s the industry standard for structural sheathing and subflooring. As a structural material it’s very often buried and concealed in the finished building — until recently.

Architects and designers in search of novel uses for humble materials are now using plywood for a higher aesthetic purpose as a finished surface in living spaces. It’s become a handy means of modernizing and warming an interior for a relatively inexpensive cost. Although I appreciate the raw aesthetic of plywood and can relate to the desire to have the warmth of wood on a limited budget, it’s not right for every surface of a home. Here’s how to know if it’s right for you.

Where to Use Plywood:
Lower-grade plywood left exposed is a natural fit for utilitarian structures, because it can withstand abuse. Plywood also makes for easy fastening of shelving and hooks, and accepts paints well. Potentially good spaces are:

  • Workshops
  • Sheds
  • Basements
  • Garages
  • Traditional Garage And Shed by Backyard Buildings

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