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Bamboo Dining Room Furniture: A Buyer's Guide

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Thanks to its unique look and eco-friendly nature, bamboo furniture is increasing in popularity. If you're considering buying a bamboo dining room set, then it's important to learn as much as possible about this material before you make the purchase. This bamboo buyer's guide will tell you all you need to know.

How can you coordinate bamboo furniture with the rest of your decor?

While natural, unstained bamboo is a popular choice, bamboo can be stained any color. This makes it as easy as wood to coordinate with your dining room decor. Pair dark-stained bamboo with cream-colored walls and a light wood or bamboo floor for a cool contrasting look. Light-stained or natural bamboo looks nice with dark navy blue or emerald green walls. While bamboo is thought of as a modern material, it can certainly be used to create a traditional dining room design as long as the other elements, such as wallpaper and crown molding, are traditionally styled.

How do you maintain bamboo furniture?

There's no polishing, oiling or waxing required as there would be with high-quality wood furniture. Simply wipe the bamboo down with a damp cloth, using a small amount of all-purpose cleaner if you prefer. Bamboo does not typically get nicks and scratches like wood, so you won't find yourself patching it.

Why is bamboo furniture such a eco-friendly choice?

Bamboo is a natural material, and its supply is virtually unlimited. It does not have to be treated with chemicals to make it useful and attractive. Also, bamboo grows back much faster than trees. Furniture makers can cut down a section of bamboo, and it will grow back in months, whereas nice hardwood trees take decades to re-grow. When you're done with your bamboo furniture, it will break down naturally in a landfill, unlike synthetic materials or glass.

What are the downsides of using bamboo in the dining room?

Bamboo furniture is not always as sturdy as wood. It may crack if you plop yourself down in the chair too hard or set something too heavy on the table. As long as you're gently with it, however, you should expect no issues. The other downside to bamboo is that it can be hard to visually distinguish between natural bamboo furniture, and that which is made from engineered bamboo, a material that is made by combining bamboo and other synthetic materials. If you're not an experienced furniture buyer, you will probably not be able to tell the different just by looking -- you'll have to read the furniture maker's descriptions carefully to know the difference.

Bamboo is a great choice for many dining rooms, but it's not for everyone. If you love the look of this material, then buy with confidence. On the other hand, if it's not your favorite, remember that traditional wood furniture can be made sustainably, too. Look for furniture manufacturers who reforest the land they clear and use minimal chemicals when processing their lumber.

For more information, contact Lasting Impressions Furniture Mattresses & More or a similar company.