Bamboo will be your best friend in the kitchen
When you walk into your kitchen, how do you feel? Is it cosy? It is messy? What are your cupboards and countertops made out of?
Despite the fact that many of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen, we often don’t put a lot of thought into its design. But in recent years, with the rising concern for environmental issues, there has been a trend towards consciously selecting the materials used to build our homes. Bamboo is just one example of that.
Well We have to say bamboo is the best example, but let's get to that in a bit.
Bamboo is not wood
Contrary to popular belief, bamboo is actually not a wood - it's a type of grass. It has several truly astounding qualities that make it not only the perfect fit to be used in kitchen design but is also extremely environmentally friendly.
They can be used in a variety of ways, such as plank flooring, cabinets, furniture, and kitchen equipment.
In this article, we’ll be diving into the uses of bamboo in our kitchen and why you might want to consider using it too!
Bamboo is much more sustainable than other materials
One of the major reasons we love the idea of using bamboo is that it is extremely sustainable. Compared to commonly used hardwood lumber (which usually requires up to 100 years for full maturation of the trees), bamboo grows so rapidly that it can be harvested in under 5 years. This means that each cycle of the harvest is significantly shorter, so in the long run, we can produce more with less land space. What’s even better, is the fact that bamboo is naturally self-renewing. This means that after it is chopped down, it can regrow without planting seeds again.
By switching to bamboo materials rather than hardwood, you can help to reduce the amount of deforestation. This is essential, as our forests act as critical carbon sinks which help to mitigate the impacts of global warming. Increasing the demand for bamboo will also help to absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide, as these grasses have 35% more CO2 absorption rate compared to most other trees.
Qualities of bamboo is perfect for kitchen
The first trait that makes bamboo suitable for using in kitchenware, is the fact that it is extremely durable and sturdy. In fact, they tend to be harder than oak or maple hardwoods. When it comes to kitchen flooring, using a hard material is important as there is high traffic. Bamboo floorboards that are factory finished, will last at least 25 years (usually much longer) and can handle anything from heels of shoes to the nails of pets.
Another great quality of bamboo is that they can be easily cleaned even if things are spilt onto it. In a kitchen setting, this is a great feature as spillages are common. Finally, bamboo is much less temperature-sensitive compared to stones or tiles. This means that it’ll last a long time under various climates.
The aesthetics of bamboo is valued in modern kitchens
Aside from the environmental and practical benefits of using bamboo in the kitchen, this material looks fantastic. It adds personality to your kitchen, as their linear grain patterns give it an earthy, natural feel.
Whilst users can select a variety of styles, patterns and colours for their bamboo, the most popular options are warm neutral hues and colours such as blond and honey.
Most people also don’t feel the need to stain bamboo surfaces, as a simple layer of coating is sufficient to let its natural beauty shine through.
Bamboo kitchen. Image Authors: DeWils
Choose only best bamboo for your kitchen
When selecting your bamboo, there are a few things you should keep in mind. The first is to ensure that you’re getting high-quality bamboo and avoid ply or veneer ones.
To check this, you can directly talk to the seller about the bamboo and even look for ones with certifications as these tend to be regulated tightly. You can also ensure that they are from sustainable sources by looking for FSC labels.
This is important, as most bamboo flooring that we currently use, is made up of Moso bamboo that is grown in China (where sustainability and responsibly managed harvesting isn’t as strictly regulated).
If you want to take it even further, you can try to look for bamboo floorings or cabinets that use certified chemical-containing adhesives.
Some examples of such certification include FloorScore and GREENGUARD.
Cost of bamboo
Although the application of bamboo materials is increasing in popularity, it is still not as mainstream as traditional hardwood. Thus, it tends to be on the pricier side, and this is also due to the fact that these bamboos usually have to be transported around the world.
Although exact prices would vary depending on the country and company, they usually cost anywhere between $2-$10 per square foot for floorboards. As for new bamboo cabinets, an average kitchen can cost anywhere between $12k to $20k, and up to $35k if you use extremely high-quality bamboo.
Bamboo products for your kitchen
If changing entire floorboards and kitchen cabinets just isn’t a feasible option for you at the moment, don’t worry. You can still make simple swaps in your kitchen for more sustainable options.
Get creative - this could include anything from bamboo bowls/plates, utensils, serving trays, bread boxes and chopping boards. For ideas, check out our other blog article on simple swaps you can make in the house to make a difference.
We have listed many Ideas for your Bamboo inspired kitchen in our Pinterest board
The use of bamboo inside the house is nothing new; in fact, bamboo flooring has been around for nearly 2 decades. However, their uses and benefits are only now starting to become widely recognised. With new innovations, such as the ‘superdense strand-woven bamboo’, which is nearly 2 times harder than red oak, we’ll likely be seeing more applications of bamboo.
So the next time you’re revamping your kitchen, why not choose sustainable, aesthetic and durable bamboo? It’s a timeless and worthwhile investment that’ll last you many years.