Plywood vs. Particle Board – A List of Pros and Cons
When starting a home renovation project, you may be mulling over your options and considering whether you should go with plywood vs. particle board when it comes to your cabinets. We’ve compiled a list of pros and cons that should help you decide:
- Easier to screw through; no pre-drilling.
- Holds nails and glue better than particle board.
- Less damage-prone than particle board and easier to repair onsite if there is damage.
- Is widely regarded as a “higher quality” product to the average Joe.
- Approximately 15% more expensive for your project than particle board.
- Outgasses some chemicals into your home once you bring it inside.
- More cost-effective for your project than plywood.
- Compliant with California chemical regulations.
- Covered in melamine which makes it versatile and easy to clean with any all-purpose cleaner (vs. plywood that needs a special wood cleaner like furniture).
- Can look “cooler” because it can come in various interpretations (as opposed to strictly wood interiors).
- Can be damaged easier than plywood and less easy to repair.
- Doesn’t hold nails and glue as easy as plywood.
Here is a video from Katie further explaining:
Which one did you end up choosing for your latest project? We’d love to hear more about what you’re working on in the comments!