Bamboo is fast becoming one of the most popular building materials for furniture and home decor. Not only for it’s beauty, but for economic, health and environmental reasons as well. Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world. This incredible growth rate, 3-4 ft. per day or 1 ½ - 2 inches per hour, is actually affected by local soil and climate conditions. Cutting down bamboo helps promote rapid regrowth. Therefore, bamboo is a naturally renewable resource.
Bamboo fiber can be used for yarns and fabrics. Bamboo fabric is known for its extreme softness and natural antibacterial properties. Bamboo fiber towels and sheets have become very popular and are considered luxury items by many due to their softness, absorbency and natural resistance to odor. This makes clothing made from bamboo fiber a popular choice for activities such as yoga.
Bamboo flooring is a popular choice for many homeowners and usually comes in planks with vertical or horizontal grain orientation. It is durable and resistant to insects and moisture. The bamboo is split and flattened, dried then laminated with layers of glue. This beautiful type of flooring looks very similar to other types of hardwood flooring.
Furniture designers have discovered the benefits of using bamboo to make luxury contemporary bedroom, livingroom and diningroom furniture. Padama’s Plantation, a furniture designer and manufacturer specializing in tropical style furniture and home decor uses sustainable materials such as bamboo, rattan and abaca to create their products. Their different collections all bring a sense of natural beauty indoors with a casual island appeal.
In China, bamboo is the symbol of longevity, in India, it symbolizes friendship. It is commonly portrayed in Asian art. Bamboo cutting boards can withstand years of harsh knife abuse and are less damaging to the blade itself. Bamboo can also be made into paper and is often made into other home decor including baskets, lamps, mirrors, vases, fountains, poles, screens, candle holders and more. Decor and furniture made from bamboo is popular in relaxing settings such as a spa.