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15 Plywood Kitchens – Inspiration And Ideas

While using plywood in kitchen cabinets is nothing new, the trend of having intentionally exposed, raw plywood as part of kitchen cabinet design is a relatively new one.

With roots in modernism and minimalism, plywood kitchens can be striking in design. They are also affordable, functional, and built to last.

As well as design benefits, plywood can offer a more sustainable and environmentally friendly option for your cabinet material. Just make sure the plywood is FSC-certified and formaldehyde-free.

In this post, I’m sharing 15 plywood kitchens to give you ideas and inspiration for your next kitchen renovation project.

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What is a Plywood Kitchen?

A plywood kitchen is a unique and innovative approach to kitchen design, where plywood, a versatile engineered wood product, becomes the primary material for most structural and aesthetic elements of the kitchen.

Key elements of a plywood kitchen include:

  1. Material Composition: Plywood is made from thin layers of wood veneer glued together under pressure, with the grain of each layer running perpendicular to the adjacent one. This crisscross arrangement (also known as cross bonding) imparts strength and stability to the plywood, making it an excellent choice for cabinetry and shelving.

  2. Aesthetics: Plywood kitchens often showcase the edges of the plywood sheets, giving a multi-layered, striped effect. This design characteristic has become a signature look for plywood kitchens and contributes to its modern and minimalist appeal.

  3. Versatility: While some plywood kitchens retain the natural, light tone of the wood, others might be stained, painted, or treated to achieve various looks and finishes. The ability to customize the appearance means that plywood kitchens can fit a range of styles from Scandinavian to industrial.

  4. Sustainability: Plywood can be an eco-friendly choice, especially when sourced from sustainable forests or made from reclaimed or recycled wood. Additionally, the manufacturing process of plywood often utilizes more of a tree compared to solid wood production, reducing waste.

  5. Functionality and Durability: Plywood’s inherent strength and stability make it suitable for kitchen use, where there’s a need for durable and long-lasting materials. When properly sealed and maintained, plywood can resist the usual wear and tear of a busy kitchen.

  6. Affordability: Compared to some solid woods and high-end materials, plywood can be more cost-effective, allowing you to achieve a high-end look without the premium price tag. However, prices can vary based on the type and grade of plywood chosen.

Plywood Kitchens Ideas

1. Back to the Future

A White plywood Kitchen with contrasting plywood layered edge detail and a plywood countertop
Source: Wood & Wire

Plywood is the perfect material to achieve a retro/modern balance in your kitchen. This design pairs white cabinets with green worktops and simple shelving to achieve a bang-on-trend nostalgic look.

2. Creative and Classy

A simple plywood Kitchen with wood grain finish and white countertops.
Source: Plykea

This plywood kitchen oozes style and class. The soft grey worktop and muted walls pair perfectly with stylish fixtures to elevate simple cabinets. Invest in classic accessories to add that je ne sais quoi.

3. The Golden Touch

Dark blue / grey plywood Kitchen with a metallic backsplash
Source: MW Robinson

Go for gold with a metallic splashback! Perfectly offset against dark blue cabinets, the splashback adds a touch of luxury to otherwise simple cabinets. Notice the strip of under-cabinet lighting – a simple finishing touch that really adds to the luxurious feel of the kitchen.

4. Colour-block Magic Kitchen

Pink and green might not be the first colours that come to mind when you think of a kitchen, but this design proves that letting your mind run free is worth it! The punches of colour on the walls and tall run of cabinets lift the room and give it an airy, fun, and flirty feel. White plywood cabinets sit simply but perfectly on this colourful canvas.

5. The ‘Prints’ of Plywood

One of the great things about a plywood kitchen is that it’s a blank canvas, ready for you to add your personality to. This kitchen takes that to a whole new level, adding an intricate splashback design for not-so-subtle sophistication. The peg board on the island keeps the whole design that little bit whimsical, while also offering a practical storage solution.

6. White Wonderland

White plywood kitchen with contrasting layered plywood edges - plywood kitchen ideas
Source: Plykea

White is often elegant and sophisticated, and this plywood kitchen is no different. Whitewashed floors and a light grey worktop keep the look fresh and simple, perfect for any home design.

7. Plywood the Scandinavian Way

Plywood kitchens are great for achieving a Scandinavian look in your home. If you’re lucky enough to have large windows in your kitchen (like in this design), consider a neutral colour palette to maximise their impact. This allows the outside world to be your standout feature – and what’s more beautiful than nature itself?

8. Light Side, Dark Side

Wood grain finish plywood Kitchen cabinets with a concrete countertop
Source: Custom Fronts

Not sure if you’re from the light side or the dark side? Now you don’t have to choose. Toe the line by pairing light-coloured plywood cabinets with a deep-coloured splashback and worktop. The balance works perfectly with simple accessorising and neutral walls.

9. For the Family

Black plywood kitchen cabinets with a plywood kitchen island
Source: Wood & Wire

The affordable and practical nature of plywood kitchens makes them a no-brainer for families. I love the shelving unit built into the island of this kitchen, offering a practical and eye-catching storage solution. The pop of dark cabinets adds visual interest to the design.

10. The Natural Look

Bring the outside in by adding greenery to your kitchen. The natural elements draw out the raw, earthy nature of plywood, making for a stylish and sustainable look.

11. Pink and Green and Plywood All Over

Another example of how amazing pink and green can look in a kitchen! White walls and worktop and a simple shelf instead of upper cabinets mean the look stays light and lifted.

12. Deep and Dynamic

Grey Plywood Kitchen
Source: Teddington Kitchens

Not looking for the light? Consider a dark grey colour for your plywood kitchen. This colour palette is soft, stylish and sophisticated. I love the fold-away door coffee station, putting the natural plywood material on show.

13. A Modern Marvel

Green Plywood Kitchen with a plywood wood grain kitchen island
Source: Main Company

What do you do with an industrial ceiling? Lean into the urban design with a modern plywood kitchen, of course. Dark green walls are beautiful for adding depth to the look while a light island offers a stylish centrepiece. The trailing ivy perfectly completes this modern marvel!

14. White and Wood

Plywood Kitchen with a matt white and wood grain finish
Source: Holt

White and wood together instantly says jättebra (Swedish for great!). The slightly darker plywood finish really makes these cabinets stand out against the white, with a delicate green splashback tying the look together. I love these barstools, too – a great finishing touch to the design.

15. Don’t be Blue…

…or maybe you should be! This sharp blue is an unusual but attractive colour for a plywood kitchen. The natural framing softens the colour, avoiding any visual overload. White worktops also help to let the colour shine uninterrupted.

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FAQs

Why choose plywood for a kitchen?

Plywood is durable, resistant to moisture (if properly sealed), and can provide a warm, natural look. It’s also cost-effective and can be a sustainable choice if sourced responsibly.

Is plywood durable enough for kitchen use?

Yes, especially if you choose a higher-grade plywood. It’s essential to ensure it’s sealed correctly to prevent water damage or warping.

How do I care for and maintain a plywood kitchen?

Clean spills immediately to prevent stains. Use mild soapy water for cleaning and avoid abrasive chemicals. Regularly check for wear and reseal or refinish as needed.

Is all plywood eco-friendly?

Not all plywood is created equal. It’s essential to look for plywood that is sustainably sourced, has low VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions, and uses formaldehyde-free glues.

How does the cost of a plywood kitchen compare to other materials?

Plywood can be more affordable than solid wood but may be more expensive than some manufactured wood products. However, the final cost can vary based on the plywood grade and design details.

Final Thoughts…

There you have it! 15 plywood kitchens. I hope this post has given you some ideas and inspiration if you’re thinking of going plywood for your new kitchen.

With versatile finishes, sustainable options and an affordable price tag, you should definitely consider a plywood kitchen for your next remodel.

Next decision: how will you make it your own? The choices are endless! 😃

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Michael from Kitchinsider.com

Michael is a kitchen designer from the UK. He's been designing and project managing new kitchen installations for over 10 years. Before that, he was an electrician and part of a team that fitted kitchens. He created Kitchinsider in early 2019 to help give people advice when it comes to getting a new kitchen.