Closet remodel - drywall or plywood

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Closet remodel - drywall or plywood

Post by RICHat22 » Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:27 pm

Another remodel question on my 1940's house. I don't have 16" centered studs.

I completely tore down and rebuilt a closet that was horribly inadequate in build quality and was added later in life. I was planning on going back with 1/2" drywall like the rest of the house. But I will be leaving out the pipe hanger rod and adding a shelving or drawer unit of some sort. Probably drawers or shelves on each side with hanger space in the middle. I thought I can put 5/8" or 3/4" plywood back up instead of drywall for about $20 extra. Sand, finish, and paint like drywall. My thoughts were that this will keep me from being constrained by the cross bracing and have good wood to attach to anywhere I want to put a screw. Does this sound reasonable?

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Re: Closet remodel - drywall or plywood

Post by A. Spruce » Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:48 pm

Yes, you can use plywood, I'd recommend sanded, then you can treat it exactly like drywall, tape, texture, and paint and nobody will know the difference.
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Re: Closet remodel - drywall or plywood

Post by RICHat22 » Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:01 pm

Cool. BC sanded was what I was looking at. I think I'll go 5/8" to save the $9. Surely with multiple fasteners it will hold whatever I want, especially if I need to go into framing.

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Re: Closet remodel - drywall or plywood

Post by A. Spruce » Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:04 pm

RICHat22 wrote:Cool. BC sanded was what I was looking at. I think I'll go 5/8" to save the $9. Surely with multiple fasteners it will hold whatever I want, especially if I need to go into framing.
Agreed, though in preparation for this, I'd make sure you get fasteners into the studs, not just the battens.
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Re: Closet remodel - drywall or plywood

Post by RICHat22 » Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:07 pm

A. Spruce wrote:
Agreed, though in preparation for this, I'd make sure you get fasteners into the studs, not just the battens.
Good point. I have not thought this completely through yet as it was a new idea that just popped a couple minutes ago. But I promise to be an overachiever in every way possible.

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Re: Closet remodel - drywall or plywood

Post by RICHat22 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:21 pm

I did some playing around and decided BC sanded 1/2" was plenty strong and smooth enough, although I will still hit studs when doing my shelves/drawers. It turned out pretty good for a non-carpenter in an old house. Well enough that I am doing the same in the next bedroom. Also found a double sided fireplace in there covered by paneling and a closet added like the last room. Old closet removed and will build new one on the other side of the room to possibly accent the FP. Also walled up a weird corner in there and put a door to dining/kitchen area as another pantry. Been busy this month.

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Re: Closet remodel - drywall or plywood

Post by Shannon » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:05 pm

Plywood will allow a very good solid substrate to attach anything to in that closet.
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