30 Comforting Interiors That Have Us Pining for Plywood

30 Comforting Interiors That Have Us Pining for Plywood

By Lucy Wang
These homes are pretty in plywood.

Affordable, lightweight, and versatile, plywood has become a favorite choice of designers looking to bring warmth and personality to a space without breaking the budget. From cost-effective backyard office projects to elegant modern homes, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite examples of plywood interiors around the world.

A Clam-Shaped, Corrugated Steel Prefab in Australia

To keep costs low, architect Mark Fullagar fitted this compact cabin with hollow-insulated plywood panels that lend warmth and texture to the interior.  

High-quality birch plywood lines the interior of this sharply angular and minimalist backyard office. 

Working with a demanding budget, Filipe Pina Arquitectura added a cost-effective annex with an upper level with walls lined with exposed oak plywood.  

To make the most of a 900-square-foot home, Keiko and Takuhiro Shinomoto reworked an old garage into a guest room and clad the interior with unfinished plywood to match the home’s modern and unfussy aesthetic.  

Fir-veneer plywood wraps the entire interior of a compact guest cabin with a 12-by-15-foot footprint, smaller than a single-car garage.  

Inside the tiny Batipin Flat in Milan, batipin plywood paneling is used to conceal the kitchen, bathroom, and bed to maximize a sense of spaciousness.  

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Vitra Eames Elephant
A delightful object for adults and children alike, the Eames Elephant (1945) developed out of the Eameses’ fascination with elephants. They designed the original elephant out of molded plywood, but fabrication methods proved too complex, and it never went into production.

A multifunctional plywood-and-wood veneer wall defines the living area of a simple yet elegant Hong Kong apartment. 

Designed by architect Silvia Acar, the Chalet M features a simple interior wrapped with Paricá plywood coated with water-based resin. 

Remodeled on a budget of just $35,000, this 355-square-foot apartment uses affordable birch plywood for the flooring, doors, and storage units for a warm feel.  

Lookofsky outfitted the bedroom with built-in pine plywood bunkbeds, walls, and a ceiling. The bathroom and a closet are also wrapped in plywood.

To breathe new life into a historic brick home, architect Nader Tehrani of NADAAA used precision-cut plywood for the interiors and two sculptural staircases with an undulating grotto effect.  

Istanbul-based architecture firm SO? built the tiny cabin with plywood both inside and out, and also used birch plywood for some of the furnishings.  

Built in 18 months on a budget of $105,000, this charming A-frame saves on costs with an interior lined with exposed plywood.  

Using CNC-milled plywood, SMS Arquitectos uses the factory-processed material for an extension’s structural base as well as select surfaces. Here, plywood is seen in the sculptural ceiling and as the primary material for the children’s play area.  

The cabin structure and arches are made of locally sourced poplar plywood. The design team selected this material because of its fast-growing characteristics and wide availability in the Netherlands. "Because they grow fast, there is a lot of water in the tree," add the architects. "During drying, this water is replaced by air—that’s why this wood insulates, and therefore feels warm and pleasant (it is the same wood type used for making clogs). The wood does not splinter, and it is non-toxic."

A bespoke backyard studio in London was built with prefabricated plywood panels to create a cozy and cost-effective interior. 

Two people can work back-to-back in this unique space that incorporates home office ideas for two. Two long, thin desks provide ample dual work surfaces, each with its own built-in storage shelves. The floors are Douglas Fir with OSMO finish. The angled walls and ceiling are Douglas Fir Marine Grade Plywood with a whitewash finish.

Inspired by Scandinavian and Japanese aesthetics, the modern Orchid tiny house features an interior clad in three-quarter-inch maple plywood.  

For just under $102,000, Anya Moryoussef Architect transformed a single-car garage into a multifunctional workspace that’s wrapped in Baltic birch plywood. 

The double-height living area features unfinished plywood cladding treated with linseed oil. 

To scale down the barn’s cathedral-like proportions, David Nossiter Architects Birch constructed partitions and screens from birch plywood, which was also used to construct the kitchen.  

Designed by Cal Poly Pomona students, this factory-built Wedge cabin prototype features plywood interiors for a raw and rustic vibe.  

A geometric arrangement of back-lit plywood adds flair to a simple bedroom.

This archetypal Swedish building form, shaped like a Monopoly house, serves as an artist’s studio, with a simple plywood interior and massive skylights to let in natural sunlight. 

Unpainted plywood wraps all around the living areas to give the interior "a warmth and texture that interacts beautifully with the external Blackbutt timber," says Jackson. "It has a robust , durable, and tactile quality that sits well with the internal concrete floors."

The interior of this studio building is clad in birch plywood, giving it the appearance of an Nordic wilderness cabin.

The chic contemporary interiors feature concrete floors and plywood paneling, with black accents that echo the cabin’s exterior.

Marine plywood dominates the interior and is especially striking in the compact kitchen and its island's geometric design.  

Following the house-within-a-house concept, this playful playhouse-like addition features an all-plywood interior.  

Andrew Simpson Architects built the floors, walls, stairs, and cabinetry out of hoop pine plywood. Plywood panels salvaged from the client’s former art installation were used to line the ceiling. 

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