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Jun 15, 2016

Make This: DIY Plywood Flooring

Wood FloorLove the look of plank flooring but don't have the budget for it? Grab some 1/2" plywood and read on.   

Wood flooring is always going to be in style. It's cool, can be easily cleaned, and looks great. But that expensive planking takes a big bite out of the home improvement budget, and the options can be a bit limiting. That's where the beauty of this project comes in. Cut the boards are wide or thin as you want, and finish to match whatever you current color scheme may be. I know, it's probably not as durable as that spendy custom hardwood stuff, but like any diehard DIYer you'll be updating everything again in a few years so it will be easy to change the finish to match!Plywood Floor

Read all about the project here, with a full list of the tools and techniques it will take to make such an impressive project happen. Do you have a room that would benefit from an upgrade like this? We'd love to hear what you plan to do at your place!

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Chris on Jun 20, 2016:

David - yeah, I know. Ideally, I'd be able to lay down 2x4 sleepers, but I don't want to lose 2 1/4" inches of headroom since it's in a basement (Thankfully, ceilings ARE taller than 7"... about 7 3 1/2"ish) Still looking into best practices.


David on Jun 19, 2016:

@chris OSB should be pretty stable, but you'd want to put down a moisture barrier on concrete floors for sure. Would love to see that final result!


Chris on Jun 15, 2016:

This is a pretty interesting technique. I wonder how it would look with OSB or exterior grade plywood for a shop floor. I'm currently deciding whether I want to put down anything over my concrete slab, to both help with impact to knees and joints, and well as creating a softer surface for dropped chisels, handtools, and to create a more shatter-less surface. It should be pretty dimensionally stable, right? Less expansion/contraction than hardwood. I wonder how it will hold up to moisture, temperature, humidity, etc. It certainly can't be sanded and refinished, right? Would need to be treated like a wall more than a floor.