Plywood vs. oak. Wood vs. carpet. Tough decisions we'll soon have to make. I really hate carpet, but would wood be too slippery? There's no question that stained oak is very nice, but it's also way more expensive than plywood. Now if you painted or stained plywood, it could be very stylish and unique. My gut is leaning towards this solution. I really like the faux runner idea and I guess if it is too slippy, we could just get a real runner.