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  • 12 Fun and Easy DIY Bamboo Projects

    Fun and Easy Bamboo DYI Projects

    If you are looking for an affordable, attractive and eco-friendly way to enhance your home, look no further than bamboo. Bamboo is one of the most sustainable building and construction materials in the world. With proper harvesting, those bamboo plants will keep growing for years to come and will continue to add life-giving oxygen to the planet. Bamboo manages to look timeless, organic, chic and modern all at the same time, making it an extremely versatile material for furniture, decor and more.

    In this post, we're going to look at 12 fun bamboo projects for both inside and outside your home that are easy to complete. Before we get started, let's go over a few general tips for working with bamboo:

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  • Bamboo vs. Other Building Materials

    Bamboo vs. Other Building Materials

    When it comes to finding the right materials to use for your interior and exterior spaces, there are many choices to consider. But bamboo-based products are superior in their versatility, strength, durability and beauty. With a closer look at what bamboo wood can be used for, you will see why this is the material you should use for a variety of purposes.

    Bamboo, the world’s fastest growing plant, is an eco-friendly, sustainable building material that can be used for a wide range of decorative or structural projects like roofing, fencing, flooring, and even rugs. Along with being versatile, bamboo offers some unique benefits when compared to other building materials.

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  • How to Build a Bamboo Roof

    How to Build a Bamboo Roof

    If you want to upgrade your exterior space, bamboo roofing can create a beautiful and interesting backyard look by adding tropical appeal to patios, tiki huts or umbrellas. Bamboo also provides great durability and longevity when cared for properly.

    When building a roof out of bamboo, you can choose any style you want, including a bamboo frame with thatch or a bamboo tiled roof. In this guide for building a DIY bamboo roof, we will discuss a few styles of bamboo roofing and how to build a roof out of bamboo for your exterior living space.

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  • How to Build a Sukkah

    How to Build a Sukkah

    As September and October approach, Jewish families around the world will be celebrating Sukkot, one of the three pilgrimage holidays that mark the end of the summer harvest. This is a time to remember ancestral roots, reaffirm faith and experience simple living to celebrate life.

    As the root of Sukkot, Sukkah structures — or natural huts with shade-providing roofs — are crucial to the observance of this holy time. A sukkah is a temporary hut that is meant to be lived in during the observance of Sukkot and acts as a reminder of the journey from enslavement to freedom. Do you know how to build yours?

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  • Bamboo Poles - Stronger Than You Think

    Bamboo has long been proven to be a reliable building material. It’s been used as an alternative to wood for thousands of years and it has the durability to last many, many years and withstand the elements - but just how strong is bamboo?

    How Strong is Bamboo?

    Bamboo can easily be underestimated because of the fact that at first impression it is not as impressive in size as a tree and wouldn’t seem to be as strong as steel. Additionally, you probably wouldn’t believe that bamboo could stack up against concrete or would be comparable to a material like the futuristic and strong carbon fiber. However, bamboo has some impressive qualities that allow it to keep up with and even exceed the traits of these popular building materials.

    Bamboo is a very light building material, yet it is three times stronger than timber. When compared with steel, bamboo has a greater tensile strength, meaning it can withstand more tension or stretching pressure before breaking. When facing off against one of the hardest materials in the world, concrete, bamboo withstands compression better.

    If all of that wasn’t enough, bamboo accomplishes all of this while being far more flexible and malleable than any of the other materials we just mentioned and maintains the same strength as carbon fiber, but at a fraction of the cost! Bamboo is an amazing resource that offers incredible strength and durability benefits while being one of the most renewable building materials on the planet. Bamboo grows over eight times faster than trees and is most certainly easier to harvest than it is to creating steel or concrete.

    The Amazing Benefits of Bamboo

    Bamboo has proven itself to be a very strong and reliable building material throughout history, and the science supports this claim. Whenever bamboo faces off against other staples in the building material industry, bamboo consistently competes with and outperforms their strength and flexibility traits.

    When thinking about the projects around your own home, there is simply no other material on earth that can offer the immense strength and durability of bamboo at the same price. Furthermore, no resource that can boast the same reliability is nearly as renewable and eco-friendly as bamboo. Bamboo is one of Earth’s greatest resources and is a wonderful alternative to many of the building materials that most of us would think couldn’t be replaced!

    Take Advantage of the Strength of Bamboo

    For your next DIY project, take advantage of the amazing benefits of bamboo and experience the cost-effective strength, durability, and eco-friendliness that you won’t find in any other material. Forever Bamboo can provide you with great prices on a wide variety of high-quality bamboo materials you need to complete your project, and even provide support for installation questions. Contact us today to get started!

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  • Bamboo Paneling Installation Instructions

    Bamboo paneling is both eco-friendly and attractive, perfect for home or business use. You can use bamboo paneling to cover walls, ceilings, cabinets, bar fronts, and more. Bamboo Paneling is relatively easy to install on just about any surface; let’s take a look at how to install bamboo paneling in your home!

    Surface Area

    Be sure to consider the surface where the bamboo installation will occur. You’ll want to make sure that it is smooth to avoid awkward bumps in the paneling. Surface areas that are prone to excessive moisture exposure are also not recommended for bamboo paneling, which is a general rule for any wall covering material. Before you begin installation, it is best to clean the surface to ensure that the paneling will be installed under the best condition and will have the maximum lifespan.

    Size the Panels

    Our bamboo paneling comes in a convenient carpet roll style that can be cut horizontally or vertically. In order to decide how much and where to cut, you’ll obviously want to measure the surface area you want to cover and write the measurements down so you won’t forget. Once you have your measurements, you can begin cutting the panels to size. For horizontal cuts, mark the paneling with a marker and cut carefully with a chop saw. If you plan on cutting paneling vertically, use a box knife with a sharp blade. Cut all the way through the mesh fabric backing between the strips of bamboo. Always use sharpened or new blades to avoid tears and rough edges.

    Install the Panels

    Bamboo paneling can be installed using nails, staples, or glue. If using nails, you will want to pre-drill holes in relation to the size of the nail being used. Due to the natural density of bamboo, paneling is subject to cracking and splitting. Slowly drill holes 1” from top to bottom every 10”. Hold the paneling firmly on the surface area you wish to cover and apply nails slowly.
    If you decide to use staples to apply the paneling, you will need an industrial staple gun with stainless steel staples. Hold the measured and cut bamboo paneling in place and staple every six to eight inches from top to bottom. For additional reinforcement, you can staple the paneling on all edges.

    When using glue for installation, be sure to use contact cement to coat the mesh backing thoroughly. Allow the adhesive to set for 10 to 15 minutes, and then apply to the surface you’ve chosen. Press all areas of the paneling firmly to ensure effective contact with the wall’s surfaces. You can reinforce the paneling with staples or nails, just keep in mind that holes must be pre-drilled for nails prior to gluing the paneling to the wall. Allow 24 hours for drying time and periodically check to make sure the paneling stays in place.

    Finishing the Installation

    To complete paneling, apply a coat of our Total Wood Protectant. The varnish will enhance the look of paneling and protect the color if used outdoors. All that’s left to do after you’ve applied the oil is to sit back and admire the new look of your space!

    Need Help?

    If you need some guidance while installing your bamboo paneling, don't worry! We have customer service representatives on standby ready to help you - just give us a call at 877-912-2244 or contact us online to get the answers you need!

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  • Forever Bamboo Tutorials

    In the next couple of weeks we will be producing short tutorial videos that will be available to view on our website and new YouTube page. These videos will display our thatch, bamboo fencing, paneling, bamboo poles, reed fencing, Bac Bac matting, and Lauhala matting. In each video, we will be educating our viewers about each product and ways in which you can install and enhance your home or business.

    Here’s a list of topics that will be discussed in each tutorial.

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  • How To Make Bamboo Walls

    Looking for a way to add a unique look to a structure that you are planning to build in your yard? Adding bamboo instead of wood offers a unique and fresh way element to your home. There are many ways of making walls using bamboo products that will bring natural beauty to your projects. For a visual look of the methods, refer to the graphic.

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  • Why Bamboo Fencing is Great for Small Spaces

    Designing for small spaces can be tricky. Too many decor pieces makes the space look smaller and cluttered. On the other hand, too little decor makes the space look sparse and does not make it seem any more spacious. Bamboo fencing is a great design piece that barely takes up any space yet adds a huge impact to any area. The fencing can be used outdoors for small backyards or balconies. We'll also show you how to use it inside as well! Bamboo fencing comes in many different heights and colors which makes it very versatile for any styles. This beautiful resource is also eco-friendly as well if you're looking into environmentally conscious designs.

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