The breakthrough of Bamboo in Design
With bamboo’s combination of sustainability, durability, versatility and beauty it has fast become one of the most popular materials to use for buildings and products.
What was once overlooked as a mostly third world material or decorative piece in tropical motifs has made a major breakthrough in the design industry and is now viewed as the most eco-friendly product available on the market.
With endless varieties to choose from furniture to cutlery you should have no problem fitting bamboo somewhere throughout your home.
Bamboo’s aesthetic in interiors
Bamboo in any shape or form is beautiful. The delicate grain of bamboo, whether natural or amber-toned, makes it a distinctive, elegant, and subtle material for fine furniture and flooring. Its fashionable texture will suit any home. Have a look at some of our recent interior design projects in Normanhurst or Carlingford, where we used bamboo for flooring.
Bamboo’s sustainable product for interior design
Bamboo can easily adapt and grow to any condition including changing temperatures, climates, and soil conditions. Bamboo consumes carbon dioxide at rapid rates while growing and produces 30% more oxygen than a hardwood forest.
Bamboo cultivation does not require the use of pesticides and fertilizers used are often organic. It is also naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-pest which makes the need for pesticides null and void.
Bamboo’s renewable resource ideal in interiors
Bamboo is an endlessly renewable resource. Don’t mistake it for a tree—it’s a grass, and it grows like one. Bamboo grows on average 1.6 feet per hour and reaches maturity in about five years making it the fastest growing and most renewable plant on earth.
When it’s harvested, it need not be replanted, because it will grow a new shoot from its extensive root system. Bamboo only takes on average 60 days to replace compare this to oak (which grows about 12 inches per year) can take up to 60 years to replace.
Durability of bamboo ideal for flooring
Bamboo is very strong even more so then oak (considered the most durable hardwood). It can withstand a great deal of use without damage.
When laminated, bamboo surpasses that of soft steel. Bamboo’s tensile strength is 28,000 per square inch, while steel rates only 23,000 per square inch. That’s why bamboo is used as a building material in areas often wrought with earthquakes.
Bamboo doesn’t swell or shrink as hardwoods do, making it ideal for furniture and floors. But if you still wish to go with hardwood timber, make sure you have read our tips on how to choose the right timber flooring.
Versatile bamboo in bathroom design
As bamboo wood has high density low thermal conductivity and good thermal insulation properties it’s recently been a popular material for bathroom furniture such as baths and vanities. It creates a perfect feature piece in a bathroom as a freestanding bath. If you look for some inspiration for your bathroom, have a look at our bathroom design ideas.
Most bamboo comes from China, but the adaptable bamboo will grow most places on earth.
Wherever it is native, bamboo has been integral to the economy and culture, used for cooking, beverages, paper, houses, and bridges. In China, it’s known as the “friend of the people”.
Want some more information on Bamboo and how it can be used as a product or material in your home contact Inspired Spaces today for some professional advice!