Let’s chat about the breakthrough of Bamboo in design. It’s sustainable, durable, versatile and aesthetically pleasing. Because of these characteristics, bamboo has fast become one of the most popular materials to use for products and buildings.
Once overlooked as a third world material, bamboo 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 choices from cutlery to furniture items, 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, whether natural or amber-toned, makes it a distinctive, elegant, and subtle material for fine furniture and flooring. It’s fashionable texture will suit any home. Have a look at two of our interior design projects in Normanhurst or Carlingford, where we used bamboo flooring.
Bamboo’s sustainable product for interior design
Bamboo can easily adapt and grow to any condition including changing temperatures, climates, and soil conditions.
Also, it consumes carbon dioxide at rapid rates while growing and produces 30% more oxygen than a hardwood forest.
Due to its natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-pest qualities bamboo cultivation doesn’t require the use of pesticides. And any fertilizers that may be used are often organic.
Bamboo’s renewable resource ideal in interiors
Bamboo is an endlessly renewable resource. Don’t mistake it for a tree — did you know that it’s actually a grass? And it grows like one! On average, bamboo grows 1.6 feet per hour and reaches maturity in about five years. Making it the fastest growing and most renewable plant on earth!
When harvested bamboo doesn’t need replanting. This is because a new shoot will automatically grow from its extensive root system. Bamboo only takes on average 60 days to replace. This is fast! In comparison to oak, which grows about 12 inches per year and can take up to 60 years to replace.
Durability of bamboo ideal for flooring
Bamboo is very strong, even more so then oak (which is considered the most durable hardwood). It’s able to withstand a great deal of use without damage.
When laminated, bamboo surpasses that of soft steel. It’s tensile strength is 28,000 per square inch, while steel rates only 23,000 per square inch. Because of its strength, bamboo is commonly used as building material in areas wrought with earthquakes.
Bamboo doesn’t swell or shrink as hardwoods do. This makes it ideal for furniture and floors. However, if you do 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
Bamboo is a popular material choice for bathroom furniture. It has a high density, low thermal conductivity along with good thermal insulation properties. Bamboo wood can create a perfect feature piece in a bathroom as a freestanding bath or vanity. Need some inspiration for your bathroom? Then take a look at our bathroom design ideas.
Most bamboo comes from China, however it’s adaptable so will grow most places on earth.
Bamboo is integral to the economy and culture in its native countries. Being used for things such as cooking, beverages, paper, houses and bridges. Because of this, in China, bamboo is known as the “friend of the people”.