16 Ways to Get Creative with Plywood Furniture
Back in the day, if you built furniture out of plywood, you always hid it under a pretty veneer. But not anymore. Today the humble sheet of plywood proudly shows off its stripes in a resurgence of popularity driven by striking, original designs. Some of these you can even make yourself.
Fold-Down Plywood Desks Where Space is Limited
A company in Amsterdam invented these ingenious desks for their limited office space, but they’d also be great in a kids’ room. Bonus: The light, natural color palette of this plywood furniture helps make a small space look bigger.
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Stacked Plywood Table
Constructed of layered plywood and shaped with graceful curves, this plywood table adds a touch of traditional elegance to a home office. Cutting curves like these is a breeze with the right techniques and tools.
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Plywood Kids’ Chair
Designed for kids, this chair made of Douglas fir plywood features leather arms and feet. With its high-gloss finish and sturdy construction, it’s both stylish and indestructible.
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Minimalist Plywood Shelf Headboard
A plywood headboard? You bet. For a clean, industrial look, start with a full sheet of plywood. Then it’s a cinch to add floating shelves when you can attach them with screws through the back of the headboard.
But before you begin, are you using the right kind of drill bit for the job?
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Baltic birch plywood forms the beautiful bones of this modular shelving, storage and desk unit. Build it yourself for less than $500 with these complete plans.
Birch Plywood Coffee Table with Hairpin Legs
Stare at it long enough and the layers threaded through this graceful tabletop begin to resemble the rings of a tree. But it’s not a cross-section of a tree trunk—it’s a sheet of the ever-versatile birch plywood, shaped with gentle contours into a coffee table. The hairpin legs add a dash of mid-century style to this attractive plywood furniture.
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Easy, Affordable and Stylish Plywood Nightstand
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Plywood Bedframe Dressed Up with Molding
For a classic look, add molding to a plywood bedframe. Cutting trim isn’t so tough once you know how, and you can get the plan for this design—as well as a full shopping list—from the Home Depot blog.
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Floating Corner Bookcase
This bookcase wraps inside a corner for an Escher-like feel. The plywood shelves are mounted onto the wall with invisible supports.
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Kick back in this plywood recliner/rocker you can make yourself from a single sheet of plywood. Be sure to protect it from the elements—choose the right exterior sealer or paint.
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Scando Mid-Century Plywood Coffee Table
With its flowing lines and compelling curves, this plywood coffee table is a faithful reproduction of an iconic 1961 Scandinavian design. Its five coats of polyurethane finish gives it a smooth, satiny protective sheen.
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DIY Modern Plywood Sofa
The frame for this super-simple couch is made entirely from layers of plywood glued together. It comes apart into two pieces for easier handling up and down stairways. You’d be doing a lot of gluing for this project, so check out these tips for how to make things stick.
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Industrial Pipe-and-Plywood Bookcase
Supported by iron pipes, these large open plywood boxes lend an airy feel to a room while creating massive space for books and objets d’art.
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A Bent Plywood Chair You Can Make Yourself
Want to try your hand at making an iconic bent plywood chair? Check out this prize-winning DIY project. You’ll need a lot of clamps! Here’s how to make the most of the clamps you have.
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Modern Table Sculpted from Scraps of Plywood
What else can you say about this console table besides, “Wow!” The craftsman who envisioned and built this work of art sought to highlight plywood’s interesting symmetrical grain. He got the result he wanted, he says, “with a lot of glue and clamping” and shaping with a bandsaw.
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