Building & Renovating

6 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Make with Fiber Cement Boards

Did you know you could make furniture out of it? Here are more ways to maximize this popular material.

Photography: Michael Angelo Chua & SCG

Architects and designers use fiber cement boards every day, mostly for interior walls and partitions, as well as roofing senepa and other architectural details. But did you know that fiber cement board—which is a composite of sand, cement, cellulose, and other binding materials—can be used to create myriad other items, including furniture?

With the advent of new technology, major fiber cement (or ficem) brands have come up with new boards that have different patterns, designs, and textures. These boards can be treated in any surface finish—from paint to wood stain—making them a truly versatile material. The best part is that ficem boards are extremely durable, and quite affordable, too. Here are some ideas: 


Decorator Grace Moslares asked her painter Jason Bongat to transform a James Hardie Hardieflex board into a work of art! All they did was prime it with white paint and then create an abstract pattern over it with Boysen Paints. Check out the rest of the makeover here.


Grace also transformed Hardieflex boards into shelving for the Quiboquibo’s daughter’s room. Ficem boards are pretty sturdy and when reinforced properly, warp much less than ordinary plywood.

Headboards and accent walls

Another creation by Grace Moslares: Hardieflex boards cut into strips, and then painted to create a headboard for this Ultimate Makeover winner. You can also use this trick to make an accent wall for a living room.

House siding

SCG’s Smartwood series of Ficem board have extruded lines that mimic grooved natural wood boards, making it the perfect siding for modernist or minimalist houses like this one.

Bar counters and furniture

Have you ever thought of using ficem boards for furniture pieces? SCG used their Smartwood series to create a nifty interior bar and bar stools for their Worldbex booth. To read more about the Worldbex 2017 event, click here.


One budget-friendly trick of contractors is buying ficem boards with a wood grain finish (you can get this type from James Hardie) and using them as “wood planks” for the house gates. To see the rest of Bea Alonzo's house, click here.

PHOTOS Michael Angelo Chua (makeover), SCG (other photos), Rene Mejia (Bea Alonzo home)

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