You have a mattress that requires a base with a flat surface rather than slats with gaps, and because of that you are now confused in choosing between Bunkie Board vs Plywood. Bunkie boards have been designed to replace the box spring; these bunkie boards help to maintain the low-profile look of the mattress and are especially useful when the available vertical space is limited. Meanwhile, plywood platforms are very popular because they are easy to find and are relatively affordable. So, should you choose a bunkie board or plywood?
What is Plywood?
Plywood is a wooden sheet material that is constructed from multiple thin layers (“plies”) of wood veneer. These wood veneer plies are glued together with the wood grain rotated to one another; such design is called “cross-graining” and is beneficial in various ways. It can give improved dimensional stability, more consistent strength, and reduced expansion and shrinkage. Lower quality and average quality plywoods are usually more affordable because they only have the plies arranged at right angles. Higher quality plywoods are more expensive because the plies are arranged in multiple angles for better strength and stability in multiple axes.
What is Bunkie Board?
Bunkie boards aren’t very common on the market right now, so some people may be unfamiliar with these products. A bunkie board is basically a flat wooden board that has the dimensions of a particular mattress, and is designed to be placed directly under the mattress. Bunkie boards may vary by size and thickness, which typically ranges from one to three inches. The thicker the board, the stiffer and stronger it is. (See also : Bunkie Board vs Box Spring)
Comparing the Cost
When choosing between purchasing a bunkie board vs plywood, the cost is indeed one of the biggest factors. You need to consider how much you are willing to spend, and whether you want to create your bed platform by yourself or you prefer to buy a ready-to-use item.
You can choose a bunkie board if you don’t mind spending more money for a ready-to-use bed platform. You can get a bunkie board that already has a particular size and thickness that you need. You won’t have to cut anything.
However, if you want to save as much money as possible, and you have all the necessary tools for a DIY project, you can choose to buy a plywood sheet instead. You will have to cut down the sheet to suit the size of your mattress. But the overall cost can be lower.
Thickness and Strength
If you need more than one inch of thickness, getting a bunkie board is more convenient. As said above, bunkie boards are available with various thickness levels, from one to three inches. They are generally more durable, though you also should be careful with thin bunkie boards that may be built from low quality materials.
On the other hand, plywood sheets usually range from 1/8 to 3 inches in thickness. But cutting a thick sheet can be quite tricky and difficult, so a plywood sheet is more suitable when you don’t need a particularly thick platform.
You should choose to get a bunkie board if you prefer a convenient solution or if you need a particularly thick bed platform.Alternatively, you can choose to buy a plywood sheet if you want to make a DIY bed platform to cut down the cost.