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What Are the Benefits of Bamboo Furniture?

Beyond its modern, vibrant aesthetic, bamboo furniture, because of its multiple benefits, entices homemakers and decorators who are on the cutting edge of home design. Once you learn the benefits yourself, you may decide to replace your heavy, outdated furniture with eco-friendly bamboo.

Eco-friendly Bamboo

Bamboo jungle indoors
Bamboo bed

According to Dan Rivers of CNN, bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants, or giant grass, thus bamboo is the fastest absorber of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It also is a genuinely renewable resource, because, unlike hardwood, which once cut needs replanting to reproduce, bamboo can grow new shoots from its own root system.

Strong and Durable Bamboo Furniture

Bamboo table

As you may have assumed by its strong root system and ability to thrive in the wild, bamboo is incredibly strong and durable. Bamboo is so strong that it has been used to build boats, bridges and scaffolding.

Lightweight Bamboo

Bamboo is more lightweight than hardwood, making it easier to transport and rearrange than heavy hardwood. Since bamboo furniture can be moved with ease, redecorating is a snap. If you have many of these pieces in your rooms, then you won't be as reluctant to rearrange your furniture from time to time.

Bamboo Holds Its Shape

Bamboo chair

Over time, hardwoods swell with moisture and shrink in response to dryness. Bamboo doesn't react as drastically to moisture, so it maintains its size and shape. This make bamboo furniture ideal for sizing.

Bamboo Easier to Maintain

Bamboo desk

Because bamboo is more resistant to moisture than wood, it does not incur as much damage from contact with water. It will not rot like wood does and, much to the relief of bug haters, it is termite resistant. Cleaning bamboo is easy--just wipe it down with a damp cloth.

About the Author

Cindy Teruya has been a professional writer and editor for more than 10 years. She has reported for Canyon News, edited for the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, has acted as a copywriter for Experian and Classmates.com, and as the content director for a global Internet marketing company.

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