Inspiration: Plywood Floors (How-to Included)

By: Diy maven Apr 20, 2011

plywood floors

A few years ago, I went to a party held in the home of a former Minneapolis Institute of Arts dean. We guests gathered in his studio for the night's merriment. I'm always thrilled when entering such spaces as they invariably provide a creative jolt. In this instance, however, I wasn't only inspired by the art displayed throughout the space but also the flooring of the dean's studio. It was raw plywood with only smatterings of paint from his work finishing it here and there. "Plywood," I whispered to my boo. "We should do that someday." He nodded in return. To foster my dream, I gathered some images of plywood floors from across the interweb. Not only are they gorgeous, they'd be a very cost effective alternative to traditional wood flooring. 

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Looks like birch to me:

Plywood flooring - full sheets

Shiny:

Like your wood a little less woody? Check out this painted plywood floor compliments of Nate Berkus.

created at: 04/20/2011

Finally, in this bedroom, the plywood was cut into 12" wide strips. The project cost just $200 bucks, including the headboard and nightstand. Like the look? Here's a tutorial.

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Where is the tutorial on this whitewashed floor at the top?

How would you go about installing on stairs?

Excellent photos, thank you! Love the shiny version. FYI, here is another post from a small architecutre firm about plywood floors which includes a how to installation: http://parallellinesstudio.com/sketchbook/2012/11/8/13-ply.html

This is an excellent idea since we were putting ply wood down first, we had tiles our kitchen and bath so the floor was higher than we had anticipated.

We tiled the kitchen and the bathroom, so the floor is higher, and we were going to put down laminated floor, but had to raise the floor by first putting plywood, I may try this first.  It may be the perfect solution.

 

Diannah, see my comment below to Anonymous.

Hello I love this floor I want to apply over a concrete slab, would you please advise on what is the best way to do this.

Thank you

 

Can I install plywood over old laminate flooring (using the laminate as the subflooring)? I really do not want to demolishing the floor.

As for expanding and contracting I would leave the typical space for any wood floor up against each wall (1/4" I think). See instructions on hardwood floor installation. Also, plywood should be more diamentionally stable against expansion and contraction, but it doesn't hurt to be careful.

I am opening a hair salon, has anyone used this in a high traffic business? I love the look but don't want it to wear out too fast
I am opening a hair salon, has anyone used this in a high traffic business? I love the look but don't want it to wear out too fast
I am opening a hair salon, has anyone used this in a high traffic business? I love the look but don't want it to wear out too fast

Site says How to Included, but I see no such information.  Please send me the information on how to set this floor on cement

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I did this in 1990 in design school ( first home and budget) but also cut in a few walk-off tiles at exterior entryway Also stainless steel screws....lined in a grid. Just make sure to quarter turn the sheets and as everyone said, standard floor poly. Save money and buy finished one side ply.

How do you put it on concrete floor?  If anyone has an ideal please share..thank you!

How does it wear?  In a house with teens and dogs would a plywood floor hold up?  And would it still look ok if it is a bit distressed?

How does it wear?  In a house with teens and dogs would a plywood floor hold up?  And would it still look ok if it is a bit distressed?

Thank you! I'll show my husband what you replied and hopefully he'll know what your talking about:)

Thanks again,

Tracy

@Anon--I'd probably use 1" x 2" or 2" x 2" strapping/sleepers screwed to the floor, spaced every 16" or 24". (I'd nail the plywood to the sleepers.) Then I'd put ridgid foam between all those sleepers and probably put plasic sheeting over the top of the sleepers & foam as a vapor barrier. To be on the safe side, I'd check my local building codes. 

How would you secure the plywood to a cement floor and make it look good?

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