Bamboo has become one of the best choices for furniture and flooring too. In fact, these materials can also be used as wall partition and divider. Interior decorators like using bamboo because it’s simply beautiful; and its mere presence can be considered decorative as well.
Popularity of Using Bamboo Furniture
Look no further. Our family is one of the biggest bamboo furniture fans. We particularly like that it’s smooth and cool to the touch. This is one of the unique features of bamboo – it doesn’t absorb and trap in heat from the environment. So it’s really a refreshing and pleasant furniture (especially the chairs and sofas) during summer months.
Another wonderful and practical feature of bamboo is its lightweight characteristic. That makes it really easy to clean places with bamboo furniture as they can be easily moved from one place to another.
And let’s not forget its affordability too. Yes, aside from being aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, bamboo furniture and fixtures are quite inexpensive too.
Other Advantages of Using Bamboo Furniture
Compared to wood and leather furniture, you will find bamboo furniture really easy to clean and maintain. Just use a dry or slightly damp cloth when cleaning this type of furniture and you will see its natural shine even without applying polish. That’s because bamboo has raw natural oil to keep it fresh and shiny naturally for a long time. This same characteristic also makes it mold and dust resistant.
Bamboo is also known for its flexibility. Its fibers are so strong and flexible that a bamboo furniture can literally adapt to the weight of a person or object placed upon it. Bamboo furniture simply won’t break easily.
Using Bamboo Flooring
Because of bamboo’s ability to carry on weight without breaking, it also makes for an ideal flooring. As a matter of fact, a lot of homeowners prefer substituting hard wood flooring with bamboo. Let us explore the advantages and disadvantages of this type of flooring.
We have a family friend who has a vacation house with bamboo flooring. We like it a lot as it adds a unique element to the overall structure of their home. Its beautiful finish also makes their vacation house really cozy and nice.
The popularity of bamboo flooring can also be attributed to its environmentally friendly characteristics. When used as substitute for wood flooring, we are literally saving trees as 100-year old trees are needed to provide for hard wood floor materials. Bamboo sources, on the other hand, are not trees, but grass. Bamboo can grow into full maturity in just about 4 years or so.
Also, bamboo materials are biodegradable. And since today’s generation are now conscious of protecting the environment, using bamboo as flooring materials are considered even more practical.
Now, let’s look at the negative side of using bamboo materials for flooring.
First of all, bamboo is a soft type of flooring. Therefore, heavy furniture can quickly damage your floor if it’s made of bamboo. While the flooring itself will not easily break, it can have dents and scratches that are unpleasant and unappealing to the eyes.
Bamboo flooring is also not advisable for outdoor use especially in areas where long exposure to direct sunlight is expected. Such condition can make bamboo floorings lose their shine and appeal as they take on a bleached-out look.
2 Kinds of Bamboo Flooring
When choosing bamboo materials for your flooring, consider the 2 major kinds – engineered bamboo and stranded bamboo. Each type of bamboo flooring has its pros and cons.
Know that engineered bamboo is not made from 100% bamboo materials. However, because of the processes that the raw bamboo was made to go through, this type of flooring is more resistant to moisture than flooring made of 100% bamboo materials. It is therefore more durable; and the flooring won’t easily warp even when constantly exposed to damp environments.
The second kind of bamboo flooring, stranded bamboo, is also not made from 100% bamboo. While it uses shredded fibers of bamboo, adhesive components are used in the making the flooring sheets. Again, the additional components make this type of flooring more durable than if it was made of pure bamboo materials.
What You Should Know
Studies show that bamboo flooring can sometimes be heavily treated with a chemical called formaldehyde. This is used for the adhesive components when transforming bamboo materials into wooden flooring. The toxicity of formaldehyde is well known; and exposure to this chemical can cause serious illnesses. So think about the cons of this type of flooring when considering using bamboo.