Indian Trends You Need To Know About Plywood

Ideas To Use Plywood

We have one house (some of us have more than one) but every house, no matter how big, no matter how small, must be having at least(!) one piece of plywood in it. Plywoods and plastic are the sights you’ll see in every house, except the fact that plastic isn’t good. Let’s learn some uses of plywood you might not have known before.

Let’s dive in!

What is Plywood?

Plywood is an engineered timber product made from layers of thin sheets of wood veneers, which are glued together under pressure at high temperatures to form a thicker, stronger and more flexible flat sheet. Plywood is so widely used and acclaimed in interiors and exteriors because it is

  • Light
  • Easy to cut
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to paint on
  • Easy to take down
  • Extremely Versatile
  • Economical 

Now, let’s look at the other utilities of plywood and draw inspiration for the next makeover.


Plywood has been ruling the interior decor since the day its utility was realized. Plywood is one of the most versatile materials ever manufactured. Architects and interior designers are using plywood with more and more creativity. Plywood has made it possible to give your house a rich and stylish look at an affordable budget. It is now even possible to create theme-based bedroom or the entire house using plywood.

A wooden kitchen island adds a rustic look to the entire kitchen and also gives a rustic feel. To increase the functions of any interior, double-duty bedrooms are also making their way into Indian houses. The functional storage spaces not only helps you look more organized but also helps you keep away from the clutter. For all those books that keep wandering around the house and often forgotten for weeks, millennials are adapting to the wall library. 

Workplaces are adopting the plywood to create a modern look with wooden chairs, workstation, conference tables, floating shelves, cabinets and storages. 

Other common interior uses include

  • Flooring
  • Doors
  • Panelling
  • Storage Spaces
  • Walls
  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • And the most popular of all, DIY Projects


Western influence is driving the use of exterior plywood more in India. 

MR (Moisture Resistant) Grade Plywood, which is more known by the name of Commercial Plywood in the market is not waterproof but can successfully resist some amount of moisture, dampness and humidity.

BWR (Boiling Water Resistant) Grade Plywood is a widely used exterior plywood in India. BWR Grade Plywood, as approved by the Bureau of Indian Standards in IS:303, can withstand unharmed while being submerged in boiling water for 72 hours.

Marine Plywood is very costly and best in quality among all the types of plywood available. Its primary function was in the manufacturing of marines, boats, ships, aircraft and other industrial applications. Even though it is is very costly, some use it even for residential and commercial exterior purposes as it is highly durable.

Other common purposes of exterior plywood are:

  • Roofing
  • Exterior Wall Sheathing
  • Beams
  • Shipping Crates
  • Wall Bracing
  • Roof Bracing
  • Walls
  • Outdoor Floorings
  • Roof linings
  • Stables

Filming Sets

Remember those great locations of Padmaavat, Mughal-e-Azam, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Raees, Ramleela, Devdas, Jodha Akbar, Saawariya, Lords of the Rings Trilogy and many more countless filmy places that we wanted to visit once in a lifetime. Well, they don’t exist anymore!

The great benefit of creating sets rather than shooting at real locations is that you can dress plywood up in any way you like to create the set you want and also, it reduces costs. A typical set is made up of “flats” as the film industry calls it or “artificial walls” made from plywood. Some film studios even donate the plywood as it’s sustainable, reusable and recyclable. 

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