Before you ask what it means, I’ll tell you: OSB is the acronym of Oriented Strand Board. It is used in construction like MDF ((Medium-Density Fiberboard) or plywood but it differentiates itself by its long strips of wood which are placed stragically rather than randomly.
Another thing that differentiate itself from plywood it’s that OSB can be green-conscious. Plywood traditionally is sealed with a formaldehyde-based binder (likely to be cancerous), while OSB can be sealed with a non-formaldehyde-emitting binder.
OSB is born at the end of the seventies in US and was introduced in Europe a few years ago. It uses the wood from trees that grow quickly and sustainably, like aspen poplar, southern yellow pine and mixed hardwood species. The process of making OSB involves cutting the logs into strands that are then dried, organized and treated with wax and binders. To form panels, these strands are grouped into big sheets and pressurized at a high temperature.
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Enough of theory now let’s jump into the interesting part, how to use OSB in beautiful ways!
Because if I decided to write about this material it’s because I like its industrial rough texture. It can be used in homes to cover walls and ceilings, to place on floors, to build shelves and to make furniture. It gives personality to a dull home office and it’s a warm touch and cosy feeling in a bedroom or a living room.
OSB is perfect to give an industrial style to your interior, or a natural style or a country style or also a chalet style!
You can use it in the kitchen
To build cupboards/ shelves, to replace a benchtop or even for your kitchen island
Or as a room divider to integrate a pantry
You can also paint your OSB cabinets (how to paint OSB)
You can use it in the bathroom
Or in the toilets
It is perfect to use in a workspace
A simple panel can bring a lot as you can pin nice images on it
In your bedroom it can
cover a whole wall
Replace a bedhead
How do you like it, are you now ready to introduce OSB panels in your home?
You can also make nice furniture with OSB but that would be the object of one of my next post!