It is extremely important to do your research and know the plywood materials at hand before you start thinking about your home interior design.
Of the many things that are critical in making a home, one of the most essential components (if not THE most essential component) is wood work.
The building block for your home, wood, plywood can literally be considered as the spinal column or the backbone of a construction, which is why choosing the right kind of wood becomes all the more crucial.
But sometimes choosing the right kind of wood can be a little difficult, which is why we’ve taken the liberty of making a few suggestions – just to make things simpler for you :).
Here’s what they are:
1. Plywood for Home Interiors
This is the most generic one of the lot and the one that’s easiest to recognize. Plywood is basically sheets of wood that have been pasted together, what makes it different is the kind of chemical treatment that it undergoes.
This treatment along with the glue that is used to hold everything together is what determines what it could be used for. Plywood is available in multiple thicknesses ranging from 2 mm to 38 mm.
Different types of Plywood:
There are 2 different types of Plywood that are used in home interior wood work:
MR Grade or commonly referred to as Commercial Plywood – This is your regular plywood, which can be used in making your Wardrobes, TV Cabinet, Shelves and other interior work except in Bathrooms and Kitchen
For both types of plywood IS 303 specification is recommended.
2. Block Board
Blockboard is a cubical stock of wood that has been sandwiched between two thin sheets of Ply (or plywood). As one can glean from the name itself, blockwood has higher levels of durability and resistance and is therefore used for more heavy duty things.
It is more sturdy and is not that easy to warp or bend making it ideal for creating stable structures. Blockboard is available in thicknesses ranging from 16, 19 & 25 mm.
3. MEDIUM DENSITY FIBRE or MDF
MDF is a category of wood that is engineered and made from wood pulp. As its construction component is wood pulp, its resistance and sturdiness is a little less when compared to the blockwood.
It has low resistance to warping/ bending & moisture and because of it’s softer structure, nails do not hold well to join MDF sheets together.
The solution is that they either need to be screwed in tight or joined together using various tools.
Unfortunately, due to its soft composition, a lot of carpenters are not comfortable working with MDF. However, on the bright side, about this type of wood is that you get various “pre-laminated” options and that too in different colours, shades & textures.
If used intelligently, MFD can help you achieve a really good looking piece of construction at a fairly low cost.
4. PARTICLE BOARD
The name of this type of wood actually does a lot of justice to it. Particle Board is basically chips of wood glued together and pressed into sheets.
Out of all the options that have been provided to you as of now, particle board is the cheapest of the lot.
Additionally, the Particle Board is a type of wood that has the least resistance to moisture and due to its low density & weight it offers good resistance to bending.
This property makes the particle board extremely handy in structures that require long panels, like tall wardrobes and/or doors.
Like the MDF, the Particle Board is also available in a “pre-laminated” form and if used properly, it can help in lowering costs as well.
With a quality laminate on top of all these different types of woods, plywood’s, all interior wood work look the same.
So, be informed, ask a lot of questions to your interior designer. And, choose wisely when you embark on your home interiors journey.4