Bamboo kitchen cabinets can appeal to homeowners who are gravitating toward having a “green” home. Bamboo is an attractive alternative to traditional woods, and can be used for cabinets and furniture. It has been used for flooring since the early 1990s. More recently, it has been used instead of wood surfaces throughout the house.
Bamboo is a grass – not a wood – and when harvested properly, will replenish itself within 3 years (unlike oak, which will take at least 30 years). Bamboo kitchen cabinets are considerably more durable than hardwoods. In fact, bamboo has a level of hardness which is 15% greater than hard maple, and 25% harder than oak.
Bamboo has the same natural coloring as pine (light shades with yellowish tones, normally referred to as “blonde”). It is possible to buy it after it has been carmelized to create a deeper brownish coloring (normally referred to as “amber”). Both these options are considered “natural” coloring. It can also be stained to introduce just about any color you can think of.
Like anything, it has some negatives, but easily solvable ones. Being a grass, it is more fibrous than woods and is likely to create splinters. This is solved by properly sanding and finishing the surface.
The other negative is that bamboo is best used on flat surfaces because it is pressed into panels or blocks, and the edge (or cross-grain) has a completely different look to it. Therefore, raised panel, or recessed panel, doors would look a bit strange along the edges. So you will be restricted to using bamboo when contemporary (of flat door) designs are preferred.
Another reason that can explain why bamboo is becoming a more commonly selected material for homes is the fact that bamboo is dimensionally stable. It is so strong because each strand of the grain is perfectly straight. No other wood grows as straight. Therefore, even though bamboo is a light material, it has less contraction and expansion than wood.
With bamboo kitchen cabinets, you can bring the beauty of the outdoors into your home and create an exotic look at the same time. In conclusion, this environmentally friendly product is a great building material which will enhance the value of your home and should be considered when designing your new or renovated space.