Choosing Bamboo Cabinets
Bamboo cabinets have become increasingly common as the wood is among the most popular building materials available. Bamboo is eco-friendly, sturdy and easy to maintain. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing your bamboo cabinets.
Carefully evaluate your budget before you start shopping for cabinets. While bamboo is popular, it’s still pretty costly. You should be able to find bamboo for around the same price as other solid wood, but it will cost more than pre-fabricated particle board cabinets.
Bamboo can be finished like other woods, though this can be expensive. Natural bamboo is the easiest and most affordable type of cabinet, and it will give your kitchen a more natural look. If you are decorating in a 'hippie' or bohemian style, natural cabinets may be perfect. If, however, you have a more modern look to your kitchen, finding contemporary bamboo styles may be more difficult.
Bamboo is considered an eco-friendly material because it grows much faster than other wood products. In fact, bamboo is actually a grass, not a wood at all. Bamboo can be harvested in just a few years, as opposed to decades, like trees. Bamboo foresters realize the money potential in bamboo, and reforest often. In choosing bamboo, you will not damage precious trees and forests.
If you are choosing bamboo because if its eco-friendliness, you should understand the finishing process. Bamboo that has been laminated may look shinier and prettier, but the process erases some of the environmental benefits. To maintain the purity of the natural wood, stick with unfinished cabinets.