Creative Uses of Plywood for Homes

Plywood is a durable and pliable material that has mainly been used for structural and exterior applications. In recent months, it started becoming an alternative to traditional plasterboard. It is also growing in popularity because of its warm, organic and simple feel.

More than its practical aspects, plywood has several decorative applications in different areas of the home. It provides the appearance of solid timber without the hefty price tag.

Here are some examples of where you can use plywood around a house.



Plywood ceilings are a welcome change from the typical white plasterboard ceilings of contemporary homes. A plywood-lined ceiling adds visual warmth to a house without going all the way to traditional timber sarking. You can decide on the size and arrangement of the plywood panels according to your client’s taste and the shape of their ceilings.

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Storage Spaces

Since plywood is machine-finished, it can be used for cabinetry such as cupboards, wardrobes, bookshelves and other storage solutions. Using plywood for shelving is more cost-efficient and durable than some materials commonly used for storage systems. 

Adding a glossy finish to the wood, rather than using it in its raw, unfinished state, will complement the luxe and refined look of your interiors. 

Before having a cabinet constructed, be sure to talk to your manufacturer on selecting the best grade and thickness of product for the cabinet or storage system.



You can use plywood even in your bathroom. Thanks to modern sealants, paints and efficient ventilation systems, you can now incorporate wood into moist areas.

Marine-grade plywood performs well in areas that have prolonged exposure to moisture, such as bathrooms. Marine plywood also resists warping, bending and delamination, which are common effects of humidity on wood.

Most plywood panels do not carry guarantees for New Zealand’s weather conditions. If you plan to use plywood for damp situations, it is the purchaser’s responsibility to provide ample surface and edge protection to ensure the material’s durability.



Wood floors are easy to clean and maintain even in the busiest of homes. If the wood floor is battered or you would like to replace the carpet with grain, you can use plywood to cover the space.

Plywood flooring can also be an alternative to traditional timber flooring. You may opt to sand down the plywood before installation, and add a few coats of polyurethane to protect the floor from wear.

If you want to use plywood as a flooring finish, the panels must be carefully sealed to prevent any spilt liquids from running between them. Dropping sharp objects or moving heavy items on plywood surfaces can dent a veneer’s top layer. Using plywood made with hardwood faces can hold up better than softwood plywood.

We are experts in New Zealand plywood


Plymasters specialises in plywood, veneered boards, HPL panels and architectural linings. We have a range of materials to suit your requirements. Our company’s range of marine plywood for sale is durable and lightweight and can be used in constructing cabinetry, wall panelling and kitchen joinery.

Call us on 0800 344 112 if you would like us to visit your home or would like to receive a free sample of our products.  


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