Plywood versus particle board

plywood for murphy bed

Tired of buying cheap furniture that doesn't last? Here's why plywood for your bed is the best option.

Here at Madewell Woodworks, we believe that a quality Murphy bed starts with quality raw materials. The use of plywood for our Murphy beds is important because it can affect the performance, durability, and safety of your investment. For example, if a Murphy bed is constructed with low-quality materials, like particle board, it may be more prone to damage and may not be able to withstand certain loads or conditions. 

Plywood also takes screws much better than particle board.  This is because plywood is made from thin layers of wood veneer that are laminated together with a strong adhesive. The grain of each layer is oriented in a perpendicular direction to the adjacent layers, which gives plywood its strength and stiffness. In contrast, particle board is made from wood fibers that are bound together with a resin. It is not as strong or stiff as plywood, and is more prone to breaking or splitting when screws are used.

Additionally, plywood has a higher density and weight than particle board, which means it is better able to resist the forces exerted on it by screws. This makes it more suitable for use in applications where the screws will be subjected to a lot of stress, such as in the construction of furniture or cabinetry, especially those screws that attach the bed to the studs in your wall. Particle board, on the other hand, is more susceptible to failure when screws are used in these types of applications.  

Overall, plywood is a better choice than particle board when it comes to using screws because it is stronger, more durable, and able to withstand more stress. Finally, the quality of materials can also impact the overall appearance and aesthetic of your Murphy bed.

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