Plywood vs. Particle Board – A List of Pros and Cons

When starting a home renovation project, you may be mulling over your options and considering whether you should go with plywood vs. particle board when it comes to your cabinets. We’ve compiled a list of pros and cons that should help you decide: 



  • Easier to screw through; no pre-drilling.
  • Holds nails and glue better than particle board.
  • Less damage-prone than particle board and easier to repair onsite if there is damage.
  • Is widely regarded as a “higher quality” product to the average Joe.


  • Approximately 15% more expensive for your project than particle board.
  • Outgasses some chemicals into your home once you bring it inside.

Particle Board


  • More cost-effective for your project than plywood.
  • Compliant with California chemical regulations.
  • Covered in melamine which makes it versatile and easy to clean with any all-purpose cleaner (vs. plywood that needs a special wood cleaner like furniture).
  • Can look “cooler” because it can come in various interpretations (as opposed to strictly wood interiors).


  • Can be damaged easier than plywood and less easy to repair.
  • Doesn’t hold nails and glue as easy as plywood.

Which one did you end up choosing for your latest project? We’d love to hear more about what you’re working on in the comments!

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