Inspiration: Plywood Floors (How-to Included)

diy plywood flooring

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 DIY plywood flooring from across the interweb. Not only are they gorgeous, they'd be a very cost effective alternative to traditional wood flooring. 

Looks like birch DIY plywood flooring to me:

DIY plywood flooring - full sheets

A shiny, lacquered example:

Like your plywood floors a little less woody?

Check out this painted plywood floor compliments of Nate Berkus.

painted plywood flooring

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.

birch unfinished plywood flooring





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DIY Maven on May 13, 2015:

@Dan, the link to the how-to is the last sentence of the post: "Here's a tutorial."

Dan on May 12, 2015:

What thickness of plywood and how are they connected to stay connected and flat .... and what if on a concrete floor? thanks

Dan on May 12, 2015:

Where in the world is the 'how to'? :) thanks

please be a bit specific ...

Ruby on Mar 20, 2015:

how would you clean this? Is it doable in the kitchen and bathroom as well?

Karen on Feb 07, 2014:

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

BreAnna on Jul 22, 2013:

How would you go about installing on stairs?

Jen on Mar 06, 2013:

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

Raspberry on Feb 19, 2013:

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.

Raspberry on Feb 19, 2013:

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.


DIY Maven on Jan 23, 2013:

Diannah, see my comment below to Anonymous.

Diannah on Jan 22, 2013:

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


mw on Oct 22, 2012:

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

me! on Sep 30, 2012:

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.

Sarah on Sep 29, 2012:

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

Sarah on Sep 29, 2012:

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

Sarah on Sep 29, 2012:

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

Gaey on Aug 28, 2012:

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

Bart mackey on Jul 11, 2012:

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.

Cathy on Jul 11, 2012:

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

Julie on Apr 28, 2012:

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?

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