Proof That Plywood Will Be the Trendiest Material to Use in 2019

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Here at Hunker, we tease our creative director, Paul, about his undying love and obsession for plywood. Anytime we talk about a DIY we want to build, you can bet that he suggests we try using plywood. (This might be an exaggeration, but just slightly.) However, he must be on to something, because the big plywood shelving unit he designed for the Hunker House is proof. (Also, a big win if you ask us, because talk about a statement piece.) So, we've asked our contributors to help design some easy-to-make projects featuring Paul's favorite material for you to try at home.


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1. Clock

To make things easy, you could always have your local hardware store cut the wood for you, and then all you basically need is an inexpensive clock mechanism kit. No-brainer. Do it. GET THE DIY

2. Headboard With Built-In Shelves

A headboard that doubles as a nightstand. We especially love this for small bedrooms. GET THE DIY

3. Modern Kitty Litter Box

What? Kitty needs some privacy when she poops. Honestly, this is a win for kitty and a win for you. GET THE DIY

4. Free-Standing Magazine Rack

This just feels design store to us. Your Kinfolk subscription wants this. GET THE DIY


5. Wall-Mounted Organizer

Imagine this in your entryway, and then imagine never losing your keys again. GET THE DIY

6. Pegboard Shelf

a shelving unit hung on a wall made from a plywood sheet with a shelf glued on a many holes drilled for pegs made from thick wooden dowel

This gives off some serious Scandinavian decor vibes. Small spaces could really benefit from this shelf. GET THE DIY

7. Cable Desk Organizer

a cable organizer made out of a square of plywood with cables hanging from it and a potted plant inset

Because we love things that are multi-functional, there is also a space for displaying your favorite houseplant while keeping cables neat and tidy. GET THE DIY

8. Breakfast Tray

Lazy Sunday mornings lounging in bed should not be a luxury — they should be mandatory. Let this tray lead the way. GET THE DIY

9. Holiday Card Display

Don't you just love this modern way of displaying your holiday cards? Kind of like the magazine holder, but smaller. GET THE DIY


Laurie Gunning Grossman, Hunker’s editorial director, caught the California boho minimalist bug. So, she bought a cream-colored couch. And she also lives with two kids and two dogs, so we’ll see how that decision pans out.