Last Updated Jun 3, 2010 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Are you looking for furniture that looks fantastic, is environmentally friendly, and durable? Look no further than bamboo. You'll be surprised at what it can do.
Bamboo is a great material for use in furniture as it is renewable (making it environmentally friendly), strong, and attractive. Bamboo is a fast growing grass that is able to renew itself quickly. It also takes in greenhouse gases and produces 35 percent more oxygen than an equivalent area of trees.
You might be surprised to learn that bamboo is stronger than oak, which is widely considered to be the strongest and most durable hardwood. If it is laminated, bamboo has near the strength of soft steel. It also does not shrink or expand, making it great for furniture. Bamboo is a light coloured wood that has a delicate grain, making it a very attractive choice for furniture. It is actually a very viable alternative to Mountain Ash, which is commonly used in lighter coloured furniture.
Bamboo can be used to make all kinds of furniture including:
Bamboo furniture can be of two types – the first being the style of furniture that suits a pool or a tropical room. The other type is made up of cut strips of bamboo that have been boiled and then glued together. They are then stuck together and pressed to make a multi-layer that resembles wood. This can then be turned into any kind of furniture, much in the same way as hardwood.
As well as furniture, bamboo can also be used to make textiles that can be used in upholstery. The upholstery fabrics are of very high quality and because bamboo doesn't need pesticides or anti-microbial treatments, it is great for people that suffer from asthma or allergies. The textiles can be used as coverings for chairs and loungers for example, or even for curtains.
Bamboo furniture is very easy to look after - all you need to do is clean it regularly with a cleaner that has been formulated for wood furniture and a soft cloth. Clean up any spills straightaway to stop staining or water marks from occurring.