Interior Design

Plywood Furniture

Typically I’m into slightly darker/richly toned woods (walnut, teak, cedar), but as we start thinking about moving into a new flat, I find myself attracted to a new type of wood for a potential office: plywood. In my mind, plywood has always been a building material that is eventually covered up. It’s cheap and light in tone, so it’s not really viewed as a high-end furniture material. Over the years I’ve seen it used in minimalist homes as a simple material for cabinets, walls, and furniture and I think it must have slowly grown on me!

I’ve still not managed to find the perfect desk, but now I’m not so sorry about that because I’m considering the idea of building one! You may remember me mentioning liking shelf desks— well, what if I made one of those from plywood?! With a bookcase to match?!

I feel like I can hear you saying that you’re not convinced, and understandably so for all of the hang-ups I mentioned above. Given the affordable nature of plywood, though, it’s worth having a go to see what I can make. I don’t know anything about building furniture, but I’ve made a few flat-packed pieces in my day. I reckon that between my husband and I, we could figure it out… if I can sell him on the idea first.

Have you built any DIY furniture with plywood? Any tips?

Photos via 1 & 2, 3, 4

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  • Reply
    July 16, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    such a coincidence…i’m normally into darker tones like walnut and teak but lately have been loving the look of unfinished pine and plywood! i’m pretty much finish with furniture pieces for my apartment but I do have two unfinished cheapy pine boards that i use as “baby gates” to keep howard out of certain rooms at night…originally i was going to stain them dark but the unfinished look has grown on me :)

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      Ferren Gipson
      July 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      It’s tricky once you start having a bunch of darker woods in your house, but I would like to find a way to use this look. In my mind it’s something a young architect would have in her/his home :)

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    Jennie May
    July 16, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    You know, until I saw the picture of that plywood kitchen just now I would have said that I didn’t like such light tones. But I think I’m beginning to change my mind a little, I love the simplicity of it! xx

    • Reply
      Ferren Gipson
      July 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      That’s how I feel! If someone suggested plywood, I wouldn’t go for it, but when I see it I like! xx

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    July 18, 2014 at 10:55 am

    This is so pretty! I love it, although the kitchen is probably a bit much for me.

    • Reply
      Ferren Gipson
      July 18, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Agreed! I tend to like a more Victorian-style kitchen, but it’s cool to see how far you can take it!

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