There are several types and different grades of plywood available in the market. So the question comes, how to decide on plywood for furniture?
Frankly speaking, which plywood is optimum for you depends on your geographical location, climatic condition, your budget, your requirement and the type of furniture to be made out of plywood.
For example, if you want to furnish an apartment or an office with the purpose of renting your space. Then you might need a low budget and short duration (3-5) lifespan furniture. In that case, Medium density or Particle plywood furniture is the best fit for you.
Say you are furnishing your dream home, in that case, you are surely looking for high-grade durable plywood furniture. In such scenarios, Marine plywood and High-density fiber plywood is the best fit for you. Do your budget calculation well, as these plywood are a bit expensive.
1. Marine Plyboard
Marine plywood lies at the top when considering the quality of plywood by its type. This ply is manufactured from durable veneers and wood plies with minimal defects. Since this ply is made out of good quality woods, it performs longer in humid and wet conditions, without delamination or succumbing to fungal attacks.
All marine-grade ply will be free of voids in the core, which are prone to trap water and rot the product from the inside out. It is manufactured using very durable glue. Furniture made up of this ply lasts really long, even in a humid/watery environment. You can consider it like this, Furnitures made up of marine plywood usually have a warranty period of 7-10 years. Based on different grades of marine plywood their application and warranty changes.
But the most important thing is, this ply cost is high. So for the furniture cost, do your budget homework nicely. Also a takeaway, other names for this plyboard are Marine BWP, Marine BWR.
- Life 15 – 20 years
- Durable and water resistance.
2. High Density Fiberboard (HDF)
High Density Fiberboard is considered as top category/grade in fiber board type. HDF board is actually a wood fiberboard made from fine wood fibers by compressing wood fibers mechanically.
The board is homogeneous through and through, has a particularly dense, smooth, surface which is harder than MDF board. Due to its flatness and excellent treatment possibilities HDF board can be cut, drilled, painted or processed in other ways.
HDF boards are mainly used to build furniture such as kitchen cupboard doors, tables etc. Style/Finishing HDF is a much stronger board compared to MDF and it gives a smooth and uniform surface wherever it is applied.
- Life 10 – 15 years
- Durability and resistance to water.
- Little bit expensive/costly
3. Commercial Plyboard
Commercial plywood falls one level below Marine plywood. Even this ply board is made by sticking together layers of wood.
Why is this plywood one level down than marine plywood in terms of quality? That is due to the wood and resin used in this plyboard making that are not of top quality. Since the raw material used to build commercial ply boards are not as good as those used in marine ply boards, this ply is cost-friendly and also can withstand a little bit of moisture and does not wear off or rot over time easily.
You can use them for cabinets and furniture but make sure that it is not used for the places that stay exposed to water for prolonged periods of time.
- Life 5-10 years
- Affordable / Low cost furniture
- Can’t use in Kitchen and bathrooms
4. Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
Same as a commercial plyboard falls one level below marine ply board, medium density fubar board is one level below the High density fiberboard in terms of quality.
MDF stands for medium-density fiberboard, which is an engineered wood composite made up of wood fibers. Because the MDF is composed of small wood fibers, there is no visible wood grain, rings, or knots. The making of the composite uses the fibers, glue, and heat to create a tight bonding board.
Since softwood and hardwood are used to manufacture MDF, this board is not as strong as a High density Board.
- Very Smooth, Good finishing
- Low-cost furniture
- Stronger than Particle Board
- Life :3 – 5 years
- Can’t take much load
- MDF is Dense, Making it Heavy
5. Particle Board
Particleboard is one of the cheapest and low-quality boards. Particleboard also known as Low-Density Fiberboard. Particleboard is an engineered wood product manufactured from wood chips or jute-stick chips and a synthetic resin or other suitable binder, which is pressed and extruded.
Particleboard is often confused with oriented strand board (also known as flakeboard, waferboard, or chipboard), a different type of fiberboard that uses machined wood flakes and offers more strength.
The weight of the wood chips is evenly distributed to make sure the finished board is not top-heavy. Compression is applied to the particle board sheet multiple times to create the tightest possible bond between the resin and the wood bits.
Particle boards do not withstand a moist environment and do not hold a heavy load. Since this board is made up of wood chips, screws used at the joint and hinges may loosen up after frequent use.
- Low cost
- Perfect for Ready-Made Furniture
- Life 1-3 years
- Does Not support heavy load
- Expands or Discolored Due to Moisture
Not all plyboard is good or bad. Which plyboard is the best fit for you depends on your requirement completely and also the geological climatic condition sometimes. Plan your budget, consider the number of years you are willing to use the same furniture without getting aboard or relocation, think of for whom you are building this furniture. To analyze your requirements thoroughly, take your time. Remember building furniture will cost you a healthy amount and its sustainability is very important and lastly any furniture bing or small is a very important element of your space, your house.
DesignGig furniture is made up of marine plywood. We provide customizable services and furniture products at a reasonable price and at a committed time. We at DesignGig promise to transform your space into a home of your dreams with the budget of your choice. To know more about us, visit us at DesignGig or contact us to schedule a meet with us. You can also check out our range of services.