Know Your Finishes: Plywood for Modular Kitchens

Plywood is a term that we all have heard a lot of, but even then, not everyone knows what it actually is. So any modular kitchens in Kochi, Ahmedabad, Ernakulam, and other places have the most beautiful woodwork done, and they sure do come across plywood; but still, people are never sure what exactly it is.

Well, it is nothing but a really thin sheet of wood bonded together, using an adhesive. These wooden sheets used in plywood are also called veneer - another name that people recognize a lot, but don’t know what it means exactly.

Talking of plywood, there are two kinds which are used majorly in modular kitchens. One is Commercial plywood, and the other is Boiling Water Resistant plywood.

Let’s take a look at how these two differ from each other.

Commercial Plywood (MR)

MR is used to tell you, that this plywood is the moisture resistant ind. This is the type of plywood that also goes by the name interior grade plywood. It’s used when you have furniture that doesn’t come in contact with water too much or one that you plan to keep a bit away from any source of water in your kitchen.

BWR Grade Plywood:

This other kind of plywood is boiling water resistant kind - so, that's what BWR stands for. Because this one’s so efficiently water resistant, it’s a popular choice amongst many a modular kitchen owners. But, the only problem is, it tends to be a little more expensive than former kind. Another thing about these two is, that the grade of both these plywood types is just the same.

Indians call BWR grade plywood by the name Marine Ply, while in reality, there’s a huge difference between these two. Marine ply, in actuality, isn’t used for furniture at home, as much as it is used to make more heavy duty things, such as boats, and even the woodwork one finds in ships, amongst other things.

In conclusion…

When it comes to brands, there is a lot to consider. While Choosing one’s brand of choice, it is the durability and strength that should be taken into account, for the most part. These are what define the quality of plywood. It’s been seen how modular kitchens in Kochi, Bangalore, and other such big cities have owners who get cheated when it comes to the quality of plywood. It’s extremely easy to get confused by a fake kind of plywood, which has been stamped a superior brand by its vendor. So, be careful about what you buy, and keep away from substandard finishes for your kitchen.


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