If you’re not totally in love with bamboo it’s likely because a) you haven’t had occasion to use it or b) you’ve got some and you think it’s great, but you don’t know it’s bamboo.</br></br>That’s okay. Bamboo often suffers through cases of mistaken identity, which is one of the things that make it so good for textile, furniture and décor design. Here’s a quick list of why bamboo rivals other, more prestigious woods:</br></br><strong>1. Bamboo is cheap (as in inexpensive). </strong></br></br>Bamboo has a great price point, especially when compared to premium grains like walnut or maple.</br></br>Although you may never buy it in board feet, the comparison is helpful to understand the value. You can get bamboo for around $1 per board foot, while maple will cost $4 or more for the same amount.</br></br><strong>2. Bamboo is strong, but light.</strong></br></br><a title="Tiny Timbers" href="http://tinytimbers.com/janka.htm" target="_blank">Natural bamboo has a Janka hardness rating of 1380</a>, which places it above most common wood types on the scale. It’s harder than pine, walnut, teak, oak and even ash.</br></br>Even so, at 32 lbs. per cubic foot it’s nearly as light as soft woods like pine and poplar.</br></br><strong>3. Bamboo is beautiful, and takes stains well.</strong></br></br>Untreated, bamboo is pale yellow or almost white in color, which makes it a great choice when it comes to color.</br></br>Bamboo also has no growth rings or grains, which gives it a unique aspect. Its fibers are noticeable when it’s processed into lumber, though, which can result in a grain-like look.</br></br><strong>4. Bamboo is versatile. </strong></br></br>You’ll find no shortage of bamboo products. <a title="Furniture" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/" target="_blank">Furniture</a>, flooring and fabrics are just a few examples of things that are commonly made of bamboo.</br></br><strong>5. Bamboo is sustainable.</strong></br></br>Perhaps the best thing about bamboo is that it is completely sustainable, even in the face of large spikes in demand for raw materials. <a title="Wood Database" href="http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/monocots/bamboo/" target="_blank">Bamboo can grow up to three feet a day</a> and matures very quickly, making it one of the most eco-friendly substances around.</br></br>For these reasons and more, bamboo deserves a second look when you’re considering your next fabric, furniture or flooring purchase.