Benefits of Using Bamboo in Beds
Bamboo is among the fastest growing plants in the world although the Chinese people do not consider it to be a plant or grass. Instead they refer to bamboo as "Nan Zhu" in Chinese it roughly translates to mean "very valuable hardwood" or timber in this case. In fact due to shortages in timber, efforts are being made throughout Asia to substitute moso bamboo for conventional lumber. Many traditonal woods like oak and maple require 45-50 years of growth before harvesting. Moso bamboo is harvested at about 5 years at which time seedlings can be re-planted shortly thereafter to replenish what has been harvested.
Bamboo has become a popular material used in flooring, beds, handles, carrying poles and musical instruments as just a few examples of the many items constructed from this "green" building material. Bamboo is an especially strong dense fiber as it has a greater shear strength than structural woods and is harder than oak and expands less. There is a relative scarcity of timber bamboo in the United States and unfortunately few manufacturers domestically work with this building material. It's exotic and natural beauty provide a unique look both in furniture, beds and many other products which is why green builders prefer bamboo over others. These are just some of the reasons bamboo beds are becoming so popular.
Besides providing materials for construction in beds & furniture as well as oxygen for our environment moso bamboo also provides food to China and other Asian countries in the way of shoots. During the months of March through May people can enjoy eating what are referred to as spring bamboo shoots or chun sun. Bamboo shoots resemble a cone shape and are cultivated and harvested as soon as the tips appear above the ground. Spring shoots are chunky and pale in appearance. Winter bamboo shoots are also enjoyed and are smaller with a longer shape. Bamboo springs are peeled and cooked before eating. People who eat bamboo springs would describe it as dense, slightly chewy and firm.
Bamboo Beds & Furniture
Greenington bamboo beds are made in a factory near Shanghai, China. Specifically they take moso bamboo boards for use in Greenington beds to our manufacturer's specifications. The bamboo boards are then brought to Greenington's factory where the beds are made. From there the boards are sorted and cut to create bed post legs, cross pieces for headboards/footboards and side rails as well as nightstands, drawer faces, sides and nomad dresser and bookcase components.
Bamboo in Chinese Culture
In Chinese culture the bamboo is considered to be one of four favorite plants among the plum, orchid and chrysanthemum. Referred to as the "Four Men of Honor" by the Chinese as a metaphor. The characteristics of these four plants are highly admired by the Chinese people in that they want to emulate these characteristics in their daily lives. Plum blossom "braveness", orchid "leisure", bamboo "integrity" and chrysanthemum "modesty". The bamboo earned it's place of honor due to its deep roots in Chinese daily life and is believed to bring peace and harmony to everything around it. It also represents loneliness, elegance and modesty. This is shown and depicted in many cultural paintings and art.