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?