By Abhijit Phadke
The plywood manufactured in India is of standard sizes and thickness. Though the metric system has largely been adopted in India, the prevalent practice in the plywood market is still to manufacture and sell the boards based on cost per sq.foot.
The top selling and most commonly manufactured plywood size in India is 8 feet by 4 feet. Other sizes such as 8x3, 7x4, 7x3, 6x4 and 6x3 sq.feet are also manufactured.
The table below lists the standard plywood sizes in India in square feet as well as lists the corresponding value in mm.
|Plywood Size in sq.feet||Corresponding size in mm (millimetres) (rounded up)|
|8' x 4'||2440 x 1220|
|8' x 3'||2440 x 920|
|7' x 4'||2140 x 1220|
|7' x 3'||2140 x 920|
|6' x 4'||1830 x 1220|
|6' x 3'||1830 x 920|
The thickness of plywood sheets is also largely standardized and measured in mm (millimetres).
The table below lists the thickness range available for the various grades of plywood.
|Plywood grade||Thickness in mm|
|MR grade (Moisture Resistant)||3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 15, 18, 21, 25 mm|
|BWR grade (Boiling Water Resistant)||4, 6, 9, 12, 16, 19, 25 mm|
|Shuttering plywood||6, 12, 15, 18, 21, 25 mm|
|Blockboards*||19, 25 mm|
1. Though Blockboard thickness has been included in the above table, blockboard is very different from plywood. It is listed above because in some cases, using blockboard is preferred over plywood. You can read Plywood vs. Blockboard for more information about this.
2. The thickness range for Marine grade and FR grade (Fire Retardant) plywoods are same as those mentioned in the above table for BWR grade. Here is the detailed information about the different types of plywood
3. The Shuttering plywood mentioned above is used for building construction purposes. If your plywood requirement if for making furniture out of it, then MR and BWR grades are suitable. Read Best plywood types for making furniture for more information on this.