Plywood and Hardwood. What’s the Difference?

Plywood and Hardwood

Plywood and Hardwood. What’s the Difference?

Obviously, there are quite a few differences. Not only hardwood is more reliable, durable, and more authentic material to work with. It is also more flexible and more easy to modify. With that said, there also are numerous ways one can successfully use plywood to produce quality decor items and furnishings. In this little piece, we’ll try to understand what exactly makes the two products so unique.  

Both are Meant for Different Purposes

Long story short, both are worlds apart when it comes to material prowess. This is something that’s especially important when it comes to manufacturing wooden décor. Plywood is, first and foremost, a utilitarian product, perfect for mass production, easy to process, cut and assemble. This, however, also means that plywood is a great choice. But only as long as the décor piece bears a simple geographic pattern. While more intricate patterns are not excluded, they’re just way more difficult to make with plywood as the source product. Meanwhile, hardwood, particularly oak, is an entirely different story.

Oak wood – the Best for Wooden Decor

Acclaimed for its texture, color variations,  pleasant aroma, it’s the really perfect fit for woodworking enthusiasts. Oakwood also allows a great deal of versatility. With a capacity to be bent, routed, beveled, shaped and combined with other hardwood products. It’s the dream product for both wood décor and furniture manufacturers. Even more, despite this variety of options, it’s also an incredibly sturdy, long-serving wood, one of the most durable of them all.

For all the reasons listed above, Oriole Design has employed oak wood as the base material for its handcrafted decor items since the very beginnings. We manufacture personalized décor items with the emphasis on authenticity and traditional production values. For us, it has always been important that the finished product radiates these qualities with its aesthetic, structure, and its pleasantly woody scent.  

Long story short – it’s an entirely different emotional impact, once the oak wood product gets into the hands of its new owner. Whether it’s a wedding gift or a new kitchen utility, our experienced masters deliver a remarkably intricate work, providing some of the most beautiful custom-made gift items and souvenirs on the market.

Is Plywood of any Worth then? Of Course, it is

Despite superiority of hardwood, plywood definitely shouldn’t be discarded as useless. As countless of avant-garde furniture designers have demonstrated so well, plywood can be successfully shaped to create some really interesting designs and furniture pieces. And often with a genuine artistic value. This, in many ways, works so well thanks to the edge pattern of overlapping laminations, something that really complements modern design creations. With this in mind, we’ve also occasionally used plywood for some of our products, mainly due to its appealing edge pattern.


Obviously, plywood and hardwood are two different things. While the former is a perfect fit for sophisticated, more conceptual decorative creations, the latter is the best choice for emotionally evocative and authentic décor pieces. The type of which you can see on OUR SHOP or ETSY HOP.

To sum it up, hardwood is a sign of authenticity and durability, something that our clients have always appreciated when looking for new interior additions or original gift solutions for their loved ones.


P.S. Be careful when purchasing wood products/decors, as many manufacturers directly call the plywood as natural wood. The basic difference between wood and plywood is the price of the material. Plywood will always be much cheaper than an oak tree (Hardwood).

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1 thought on “Plywood and Hardwood. What’s the Difference?

  1. I never knew that, thanks Oriole!

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