Why choose Bamboo?

Bamboo is truly the eco-friendly design gift that keeps on giving. Why do we choose Bamboo? Let us count the ways (in no apparent order):

 

1) IT'S GORGEOUS

Smooth, glossy, bright and light, Bamboo, the largest member of the grass family – simply looks as pleasant as it feels. While its natural color is similar to that of light beech wood, darker shades can be obtained through staining and colouring, which then offers a wide colour spectrum that can match any interior design.

RelaxDays Adjustable Bamboo Plant Stand

2) IT’S VERSATILE

There are more than 1,400 different species of bamboo which are distributed in tropical and subtropical to mild temperate regions. The stems of a bamboo plant can vary from a few centimeters to 40 meters in height! There are many great uses for bamboo around the house. For instance, there are a lot of wonderful pieces of furniture made of bamboo including chairs, beds, tables, nightstands and headboards, and also a lot of accent pieces such as mirror frames, accessories and wallpaper. Because it’s both lightweight and durable, bamboo is a great material for blinds, shades and privacy screens. Bamboo flooring is also extremely popular, offering spaces a casual, warm and inviting look without the cost of a hardwood flooring. Bamboo is also used as a structural material - mostly in countries where it is native but the list is rapidly expanding.

bamboo strength and construction

3) IT’S RESILIENT

Bamboo’s tensile strength is 28,000 per square inch versus 23,000 for steel. What is the key to bamboo’s strength? Bamboo grows straight and no other trees grow as straight. There are "knuckles" (nodes) but these variances are consistent and dense and don’t weaken the bamboo’s structure. When laminated, bamboo’s strength is enhanced, and the lamination provides another layer against wear and tear and moisture.

Because of this, Bamboo furniture is stronger than most furniture that you have in your home. It’s among the hardest woods and, in addition to that, it’s also resistant to insects and moisture. This makes it a good candidate for outdoor furniture, providing its under a covered space to avoid direct exposure to the elements. Inside or out, bamboo is more scratch-resistant than most hardwoods, as well as resistant to swelling and warping.

4) IT’S SUSTAINABLE

I'm sure you may have heard it before, but Bamboo grows faster than any other woody plant in the world. In fact, it grows in pretty much any type of climate, from cold mountain regions to hot tropical areas. It also needs very few pesticides and fertilizers and little irrigation to thrive. This makes for an incredibly eco-friendly material you can feel good about implementing in your home or business. Read our article on Bamboo in the Bathroom and its sustainability here.

5) IT’S EASY

Last but not least, both the cleaning and maintenance of bamboo is pretty simple. Just make sure you apply oil every year or so (dependant on the exposure to elements) to prevent cracks and to maintain its shiny luster. For routine cleaning, use a soft cloth, a sponge and mild soapy water – it’s as simple as that. In keeping with its eco-friendly nature, organic or natural soaps are preferred. You can read more about our maintenance and waterproofing guide here.

So there you have it. Five reasons why we’ll always love Bamboo furniture and accessories, and why you should too! We could write tons more about Bamboo but you may not be as obsessed as we are!

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For any more information regarding Bamboo, please don't hesitate to get in touch via email - info@bamboobathrooms.co.uk