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5 Ways to Integrate Bamboo in your Home

Bamboo flooringIf you’re looking for a sustainable material to integrate into your home, look no further than bamboo. Bamboo is a fast growing plant that takes a short time to fully grow and regrow again, making bamboo an eco-friendly option in comparison to other woods. It’s an extremely versatile material, used in construction, home goods, clothing, and even for transportation. Prized for its renewability and sustainability, bamboo is one of the most popular materials in the green home design and décor.

How to Use Bamboo

Regardless of your budget, space or restrictions on time, there are a variety of ways in which bamboo can be easily added throughout the home. The following are several ideas on how to integrate this versatile material in your space:

1.       Flooring

Instead of using hardwoods, bamboo can be a great alternative for flooring. Bamboo flooring is known for its strength and durability, and is even resistant to insects and moisture damage. It’s also widely available, given the quick maturity and renewability of bamboo. Homeowners who are looking to build a more eco-friendly home will find bamboo to be a great option for their home.

2.       Furniture

Almost every piece of furniture in the home can be made with bamboo. Chairs, tables, beds, shelves – it’s hard to think of an item that can’t be integrated with this versatile material. If you want to ensure that your furniture is made from authentic bamboo, make sure that you check with the manufacturer or look for where the item is from. In addition, if you decide to keep your furniture outside, make sure that you maintain the piece regularly in order to keep it in good condition.  

3.       Kitchen Tools

Bamboo has even found its way into a kitchen, making itself useful in a variety of ways. This material can be used to make utensils, kitchenware and cooking tools as eco-friendly options. It can even be utilized in creating mats and cloths, allowing you to create a cooking environment built around sustainability. Bamboo is so versatile that it can even be added to your diet,

4.       Linens

The fibers inside of the bamboo plant can be woven into linens and cloths, adding more versatility to this plant. Bamboo linens are beneficial because of its soft, breathable quality, and natural resistances to bacteria and fungus. In addition, they’re wrinkle resistant and easy to clean, making it a popular alternative. Whether in the bedroom, bathroom or kitchen, nearly any place that makes use of cloths can be integrated with bamboo.

5.       Accessories

While mainly used for its functional purpose, bamboo can also serve as a decorative element in any room. If you’re trying to create a zen or natural look for your home, then bamboo is a great way to achieve this. Homeowners can use bamboo poles as an accent piece in any space, or even as a stylish showpiece on a table or desk. It can also be kept as a house plant, offering a quick way to add greenery and nature in a room. Depending on the type and placement, a bamboo accessory can serve as a great centerpiece for your home. 

Christine Cooney is a writer at The House Designers, writing articles on DIY and home improvement on The House Designers blog. She loves learning about architecture, online house plans, and home decor.