Jul 19th 2017

Bamboo Veneer: 16 Ideas for Architects & Designers that Go Beyond Flooring

Victoria Schulte

As green building certifications like LEED go from bonus options to industry standards, it’s more important than ever before to begin sourcing products that meet these criteria. Architects and designers already use bamboo veneer for flooring, but bamboo can fit into building projects in several other areas as well. This fast-growing grass easily qualifies for LEED and green building certifications, and can make some beautiful statements at the same time.

These 17 ideas will help get your bamboo veneer projects off to a great start.

#1 Furniture of the Future

Bamboo veneer, lumber, and panels are perfect for forming into tables, desks, shelves, benches, and other furnishings for the home or office. Choose from 5 different grains and shades to customize the look.


#2 Controlled Design and Custom Imagery

Match your client’s details right down to the tiniest pieces of their décor. Different shades of bamboo veneer and panels can be mixed to provide you with depth of color for custom furnishings for bars and restaurants.


#3 Create Vanities with a Clean, Modern Design

Build in a floating bathroom vanity that provides the kind of smooth lines and clean edges that today’s modern bathroom needs. Bamboo panels and veneer performs well in even damp areas like the bathroom and can easily work with a variety of counter tops.


#4 Save Space and the Environment

With bamboo panels and veneer, you can craft any kind of cabinet or drawer face you need, including innovative corners that let you make the most out of every inch of space you have.


#5 Lightweight Lighting Options

With bamboo veneer sheets, panels and lumber, you can craft and cover just about anything. Need to drop some light closer to a table? Craft a lightweight bamboo soffit that matches the rest of the interior with ease.


#6 Pocket Doors You Won’t Want to Hide from View

Pocket doors are sometimes necessary in small spaces, but that doesn’t mean they have to be short on style as well. Bamboo panels and veneer make for the perfect pocket door with clean lines that make it appear as though the door is flowing straight into the wall.


#7 Build to Suit, Build in Style

Use bamboo panels and veneer like any other building material to create displays and fixtures. The difference is in the beauty and depth the finished product will have compared to more conventional materials. With bamboo panels and veneer, there’s no need to invest in additional finishing techniques other than clearcoats to get the style you’re after.


#8 Build a Bed with Built-in Storage

The best furniture offers both form and function. Bamboo panels and veneer are thin enough, yet durable enough to craft furnishings such as platform beds with built-in storage and headboards for the ultimate in bedroom style.


#9 Simplicity of the Line

Minimalist design will never be simple or boring when you use bamboo panels and veneer to create the finished piece. With its clean lines and deep colors, bamboo makes the perfect accent to even the cleanest of designs.


#10 Bring Out the Hidden Details in Your Walls

Inlaid panels are a beautiful alternative to overlays, as well as a nice addition to simple designs. Using bamboo veneers or lumber, you can keep the clean lines of the space while adding richness to the room.


#11 Furnishings as Unique as Your Clients

Bamboo veneer functions just like more traditional building materials, enabling you to build to your exact specifications. The clean lines of this end table are complemented perfectly by the lines and knuckles of the bamboo.


#12 Not Your Ordinary Entertainment Center

While slab doors are popular for their simplicity, plain wood and veneers can often leave them a little bland. Bamboo veneer provides the same sleek door styles, but with a depth and interest that carries this entertainment center to a new level.


#13 Clean and Modern Meets Deep and Intriguing

Kitchen cabinets built out of bamboo add interest to contemporary designs, and are easily customizable for personal use such as building open cabinets for displaying glassware.


#14 Overlays Reinvented

Overlay doors have long been popular for their clean lines, that offer more interest than plain slab. Combine bamboo overlays with fillers of Kirei Board or contrasting bamboo to add texture, interest, and detail all at once.


#15 A Niche All Its Own

Using bamboo veneer and panels give you the opportunity to coordinate every last detail in a room from pantry doors to sink base cabinets. Bamboo is incredibly versatile, allowing you to adapt it to your unique vision.


#16 Frame It Out

Match even the tiniest details in a room by creating frames for mirrors and other accessories out of bamboo. The clean lines and rich texture of the bamboo are the perfect complement to a wide variety of prints and designs.


Meet All Your Style and Funtion Needs

Bamboo veneer, lumber and panels enable you to achieve style and function while also meeting green building criteria. Consider using this versatile material in your next project to get form, function, and LEED compliance all at the same time.

Want more inspiration for using Bamboo Veneer?

Check out Kirei Bamboo panels as a sustainable design option

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