Frugal Inspiration: The Plywood Kitchen

Plywood is more often used as a substrate for finish materials than as a finish in and of itself. But if the budget is really low, plywood might be one of only a few material options. This plywood kitchen says "DIY" to us, but in a good, creative, experimental sort of way.

Elevated a step above the rest of the room, this kitchen's floor, cabinets, shelves and drawers are all made of plywood. Even the range hood is encased in the easy-to-find material. We love this layout of a slightly elevated galley kitchen with tons of storage shelves across its front. All of those shelves sort of blend the kitchen into a living room setting and set the kitchen apart even though it's open to the rest of the greater overall space.

After the first image up top, we rounded up three more plywood kitchens for your inspiration. Would you expose so much of the material in your home kitchen? Why or why not? Please tell below.

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(Images: OWI via Me You and Us, Ply Architecture, Parisian Kitchen by Chartier-Corbasson Architectes, Kitka Design)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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