Disadvantages of plywood


  1. Water can damage MR grade plywood

The layers of plywood can come apart on prolonged exposure to water. This drawback can be overcome by choosing BWR Waterproof grade for plywood furniture that is likely to get wet.

  1. Can bend or sag when longer pieces are used.

Plywood is not considered suitable for applications that require longer pieces of wood such as our front doors, benches, wardrobe doors or any other place where long panels are required. This is because plywood has a tendency to sag or bend from the middle in such cases. The better option to overcome this disadvantage is to opt for blockboard, which is technically better-suited in such cases as also cheaper than plywood.

Disadvantages of plywood

  1. Difficult to judge the quality of a plywood sheet.

As a customer, its difficult to judge which wood has been used for making the plywood. The outer surface veneers can be seen, but what about the inner ones? The market has several varieties of plywood, from locally made products to those from reputed brands. Its important to choose wisely and buy from a trusted source irrespective of whether we shop offline or online.

  1. Plywood usually needs additional enhancements.

Solid wood in itself looks beautiful. Whereas most commercial grade plywood on the other hand, needs to be covered by laminates (such as Sunmica) so as to enhance its beauty and to increase its life. These laminates when glued over the plywood also improve its resistance to damage from water.

  1. The edges also need to be covered with suitable pieces of wood.

Other than laminating the surfaces of the plywood, the edges of the wood also usually need to be covered by glueing wooden strips over them, to make the furniture look better.


  1. Costlier compared to blockboards, or particle boards.

Plywood is costlier compared to particle boards or blockboards. And in addition to the material cost, the carpentry costs also get added. So for those people who are looking for short-term furniture solutions, the ready-made furniture made from particle boards or from the stronger MDF can be worth considering.

  1. Manual and Time-consuming process.

Furniture has to be created manually using pieces of plywood, as opposed to machine assembled MDF or Particle board furniture. Which means that making most plywood furniture is not a one-day activity. You will need to hire a carpenter, acquire all the proper materials, specify your exact requirements, and then wait while the carpenter does his job. Its a slightly time-consuming process. So if as a customer, you are in a hurry, or dont want all this hassle, you can opt for ready-made furniture.

  1. The adhesives used may be ecologically damaging.

One important aspect of plywood is that its important to check which chemical glue has been used from sticking the veneers together. Urea formaldehyde adhesives which were used prior to phenolic resins are not considered very safe for use, and can also pollute the environment. Probably a reason why solid wood smells better than newly made plywood. However, plywood made by following all the safety rules and regulations can be considered safe to use.

  1. Not considered as strong as solid wood.

Plywood is not as strong as the heavier and denser solid wood (though it compares favorably against other options such as particle boards or blockboards). However the plus point is that plywood costs lesser.

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