Bamboo is a great choice for furniture, in its raw form, as a processed plank, and as a fabric. Bamboo furniture can withstand everyday use. It is far more resistant to damage than traditional hardwoods. Bamboo is even used in cutting boards for this reason; it can take the beating of repeated knife use and still remain beautiful, and bamboo is gentler on knife blades than in other woods. This is our last article from the “8 Furniture Material”. But don’t worry, we still have lots of topics to discuss in the future.
Technically considered grass, bamboo is a durable plant used to make fencing, flooring, home decor items, and furniture. Lovely bamboo furniture usually lasts for many years when you care for it properly. Generally, bamboo furniture requires periodic dusting and occasional deep cleaning. Polishing is also necessary if you live in an area with low humidity. Furniture kept outside needs a bit more attention, as well as proper placement. If you find older bamboo furniture, you can restore it with a bit of cleaning, sanding, and polishing.
Furniture Material: Bamboo
Bamboo furniture can withstand everyday use. It is far more resistant to damage than traditional hardwoods. Bamboo is even used in cutting boards for this reason; it can take the beating of repeated knife use and still remain beautiful, and bamboo is gentler on knife blades than in other woods. This comes in handy if you are plan on giving a bamboo chair a good deal of use.
Resistance to Swelling and Shrinking
Bamboo furniture won’t swell or shrink due to atmospheric changes. For this reason, outdoor furniture made from bamboo withstands the change from humid to dry air and changes in temperature.
Here’s a cool fact: Bamboo’s tensile strength is 28,000 per square inch versus 23,000 for steel. Bamboo fibers are also used to strengthen composite materials. What is the key to bamboo’s strength? Bamboo grows straight; no other trees grow as straight as bamboo. There are “knuckles,” 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 the wear and tear of use. Bamboo furniture is stronger than most furniture than you have in your home. Instead of feeling that you are settling on furniture for a good cause, remember that you are actually getting more resilient furniture when you choose bamboo for furniture.
Bamboo home furniture comes in more varieties of styles and finishes than before. Furniture designers are using bamboo in innovative designs, either in all-bamboo or composite materials. You can find bamboo chairs, bamboo beds, bamboo bar stools, bamboo headboards, and bamboo flooring, just to start. They even make bamboo sheets.
Bamboo as furniture has a fine grain and is available in many stains and finishes. Your style doesn’t need to be compromised when you add fashionable bamboo furniture and accessories to your home.
There is a common misconception that bamboo and rattan furniture are the same thing. Rattan and bamboo are drastically different materials however and this quick guide should help you understand the differences between the two:
- Bamboo does not bend. It is harder than mahogany and cannot be curved.
- Rattan is solid while bamboo is hollow.
Despite being one of the world’s strongest woods, rattan is flexible and can be shaped into intricately designed furniture. Therefore an easy way to check if your furniture is rattan or bamboo is to see if any of the canes are curved or bent and if so, your furniture is rattan. In Kaliuda Gallery, you can definitely order your custom bamboo furniture. For more reference, please watch our YouTube video here: