WHY BAMBOO? THE BEAUTIFUL BENEFITS OF BAMBOO FURNITURE
The Benefits of Using Bamboo for Furniture
Bamboo is widely considered to be stronger than most hardwood varieties. Even concrete cannot support as much weight as this grass can. Asian countries like China, Japan and India have used it to build simple but sturdy houses and bridges. Some have found it useful in propping up constructions as scaffolding.
This material can also be laminated in strips and sheets to make it even more durable, reaching toughness levels of soft steel. This ensures a very long life for the furniture, avoiding costly repairs and constant replacementas as it can handle almost any weight and absorb a great deal of impact.
Moisture and dryness can be a problem for most hardwood. They either swell because of too much moisture or shrink because of too much dryness. Bamboo is not affected as much by either factor, managing to keep its shape and size despite being subjected to extreme weather conditions. Since it is not wood, it neither rots nor becomes a target for termites. Maintenance is thus made easy as one would only need to wipe bamboo furniture to keep it clean and functional.
Having to move out of one house to another can be a demanding act in and of itself. Having to transport big and heavy furniture only adds to it. Even the seemingly simple chore of redecorating a room can be a hassle with hefty furniture. With bamboo, these two tasks no longer have to be arduous processes as the material is much lighter compared to metal and hardwood furniture.
As previously mentioned, bamboo can be used for both natural and modern-themed settings. This is due to its fine grain composition that makes it possible to be molded into different shapes. Growing bamboo stalks have been formed into arches and even squares for both structural and decorative purposes. Traditional methods of heating and clamping are also viable ways of shaping bamboo.
Furthermore, this material can be used to make chairs, tables, drawers, desks, beds and other furniture pieces, as well as fences and flooring. Its resistance to moisture lets it be of use not just in rainy outdoor areas, but also in restrooms and kitchens.
Benefits to the Environment
Entire jungles and forests have been wiped off the face of the Earth to facilitate the need for lumber and other materials to create hardwood furniture. Since bamboo can regenerate from already cut stalks, there is no need to plant more bamboo to replace them for human use as they are a relatively more easily renewable source.
People can then save precious ecosystems by farming bamboo forests instead. With the speed of their growth taking only a couple of years, they can be harvested at a rate that can match the demand for such material needed in furniture and other industries.
Another beneficial contribution of its fast growth is its rate of absorption of carbon dioxide in the air. Basically, bamboo soaks up more carbon dioxide than wood in its speedy development. As too much of this gas in the atmosphere causes global warming, bamboo helps save the environment with its speedier carbon dioxide absorption.
The Super Grass
Eastern cultures have long been using this super grass in a variety of ways. Whether it is in building edifices or furniture, they have managed to apply its many advantageous attributes to erect long-lasting and beautiful structures.
What is only now being realized is that this grass can do so much for powering the furniture business, while maintaining the delicate balance of the world’s ecosystem. It is time the rest of the world learns of its great value, especially when it comes to furnishing houses and outdoor areas, where it brings both beauty and function.