Looking for a departure from the norm? Consider plywood flooring!
I've always fascinated by alternative flooring materials, and one of my favorites is plywood. Yes … you heard correctly … plywood flooring. I'm not talking about some fancy, gourmet, exotic variety of plywood that costs as much as mahogany. Just plain old, garden-variety plywood used as a floor surface. Do not be put off by the look of plywood in its raw form (as you see at the home improvement store). Plywood can be transformed just like any other wood product can, so the number of options is only limited by your imagination.
Plywood has been a staple in construction for eons, and is very commonly used as a sub-flooring for other, more expensive materials. But, plywood makes an ideal flooring material on its own for many reasons: it is cheap, readily available, durable, and fairly easy to work with. It can be painted, stained, or sealed just like any other wood. But, unlike planked wood flooring, since it comes in large sheets it can be cut to any size you choose. The possibilities are literally endless!
Here are just a couple of ideas for plywood flooring:
• Cut standard plywood sheets in half. Stain them a variety of shades, such as light browns, dark browns, ash, deep reds, and even greens. Arrange them in an alternating, or “running brick” pattern for a unique patchwork effect! (See example)
• Paint or stain them in a checkerboard pattern.
• Paint or stain them white, then sand them down for a “shabby chic” look
• Simply seal them with a gloss sealer for a clean, modern look.
• Cut them into planks and install them to look like traditional wood flooring. Stain them your favorite wood color to simulate a high-end exotic wood floor.
• Cut them in wide planks and stain them very, very dark for a very contemporary, urban look.
Great Plywood Flooring Example:
In her blog “Read Between Designs” from 2012, April James posted some great photos of a project she worked on for a studio using plywood flooring. I love the colors she chose, they really suite the space, and the stairs turned out amazing!
This is the type of material that really caters to your creativity. With so many possibilities, plywood flooring is a great idea that if done well can look amazing, and at less than $ 50 for a 4'x8 'sheet, can really stretch a budget!