5 Things You Can Do with Plyboo Bamboo Plywood

January 12, 2012 in FAQ series

Ever wonder how people dream up so many amazing products using Plyboo’s bamboo plywood? Check out this quick list of things you can do with bamboo in your home, office, and many more environments.

1.)Bamboo Cabinets

Plyboo bamboo plywood can be used to create beautiful bamboo cabinetry for your kitchen or bathroom space. Smith & Fong Co.’s Plyboo brand bamboo plywood is made of 100% rapidly renewable bamboo. This bamboo plywood can be cut and sanded using conventional woodworking equipment and offers excellent dimensional stability. The natural beauty of bamboo cabinetry adds a luxurious touch to your home while providing you with a clean, green alternative to other products.

There is a diverse range of bamboo options for your cabinetry needs. Each one as durable and versatile as the other. Plyboo’s architectural grade plywood is fully customizable and can be fashioned into any look that is desired. Whatever your family’s needs, there is a bamboo plywood appropriate product in stock.

Plyboo’s bamboo plywood passes the California Section 01350 emissions test (the most stringent test for emissions currently administered), is CARB compatible and is also available as PlybooPure (a Urea-Formaldehyde Free product), SCS Indoor Advantage Gold, and FSC Pure (100% of the product comes from an FSC Certified Forrest).

2.)Bamboo Kitchens

Renovate your kitchen with bamboo cabinets made with Plyboo’s architectural grade bamboo plywood. Plyboo bamboo plywood is 100% rapidly renewable bamboo that can be custom crafted or designed into the cabinets that will complete your dream kitchen. Your builder or fabricator can easily cut and sand bamboo plywood using conventional woodworking equipment.

In addition to its ease of use, Plyboo’s bamboo plywood has a beautiful edge that can be left exposed or finished with our edge banding. Plyboo’s bamboo plywood passes the California Section 01350 emissions test (the most stringent test currently administered), is CARB compatible and is also available PlybooPure (Urea-Formaldehyde Free), SCS Indoor Advantage Gold, and FSC Pure (100% of the product comes from an FSC Certified Forest).

3.)Bamboo Furnishings

Complete your project with architectural grade bamboo, perfect for furniture and custom furnishings. Plyboo bamboo plywood is a popular choice for hobbyists, builders, and furniture designers alike. Use Plyboo bamboo plywood in your custom furniture designs for its versatility in design applications, durability, and ease of use. Plyboo makes the highest quality bamboo plywood that is compatible with all of your woodworking equipment. Our bamboo plywood is an open grained material that takes stains and finishes exceptionally well.

Plyboo bamboo plywood has been used to make bamboo bikes, beds, cutting boards, light fixtures, ipad covers and so much more. Whatever your project, Plyboo bamboo plywood will have the right green building option for you.

Smith & Fong Co.’s Plyboo brand bamboo plywood passes the California Section 01350 emissions test (the most stringent test currently administered), is CARB compatible and is also available PlybooPure (Urea-Formaldehyde Free), SCS Indoor Advantage Gold, and FSC Pure (100% of the product comes from an FSC Certified Forrest).

4.)Bamboo Accessories

Plyboo has several bamboo flooring accessories to complete the look of your newly installed bamboo floor. These accessories offer a smooth transition to another room as well as protect the walls, reduce the space underneath doorways, and complete the decorative look of Plyboo’s bamboo flooring up a stairwell. Plyboo’s bamboo accessories include: stair nosing, reducers, t-molding, baseboards, base shoes, thresholds, and stair steps in all of the offered bamboo surfaces.

5.)Bamboo Stairs

There are many sustainable, yet aesthetically appealing possibilities with bamboo for your stairway. Each offers a great deal of versatility and there is a solution for every price range. Whether you’re using existing bamboo flooring with our bamboo stair nosing, purchasing a bamboo stair step for one easy install, or custom building a staircase out of Plyboo bamboo plywood. Like all of Plyboo’s products, the options for cleaner air quality, responsible forestry, and rapidly renewable materials are abundant. Work with your fabricator to design the bamboo staircase you desire.

How to Make Bamboo Walls with Plyboo Plywood

September 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

You’ve seen them in magazines like Dwell, Architectural Record, and Sunset. They’re green, they’re beautiful and, let’s face it, they’re sexy. Bamboo walls are undeniably modern and easily adaptable to virtually any residential or commercial space.  The best part is that you can replicate these looks with ease. Look no further than a sheet of Smith & Fong’s Plyboo bamboo plywood.

Look no further than a sheet of Plyboo’s bamboo plywood.  Plyboo clearly has you covered for bamboo flooring, but with a little artistic vision and a conversation with your fabricator, you’ll soon find yourself teleported into the design major league.

Smooth and Simple

Bamboo plywood can be used like any other decorative plywood panel.  Frequently, bamboo plywood is installed with clips.  Z clips as they are known are part of an integrated clip and grid system that is fasten to the existing structural wall.   Believe it or not, we use this system frequently at our trade shows. It’s easy to install, set up and take down, and is sturdy enough for a permanent installation as well.

Using the clip system can really save time and cost on an installation, however, if you find that you’re not quite so skilled with home improvements, there are wall systems professionals that can help with large or small renovations.  Just do a Google or Bing search for “wall systems installers” and contact with them locally.

 

Did you know that there’s a service that specializes in installing wall systems only?  Run a search on Google, Bing, or any search engine platform and you’ll be presented with several companies that can assist you with your wall installation.  They’ll know exactly what to do if you explain what you’re after, so if in doubt, always keep this as an option.

The beauty of using Plyboo to make bamboo walls is the ease of use.  Of course there are more dimensional options that the materials can be applied.  These options, however are not as simple and most likely will involve the help of a professional.

The photo above shows the bamboo walls curved to give the appearance of fluidity, like a river flowing.

It does help to have some ideas in mind.  For instance, if you live in a small space, perhaps sliding walls to add a bit of privacy or to give a feeling of spaciousness.  In the photo below, this store built out their walls to show off their products.  The walls act as shelving — a very realistic and simple option depending on your needs.

 The walls are build out to artfully display the products in this store.

High Definition Wall Panels

There are, of course, other options for wall coverings using Smith and Fong products. The answer is tambour. For those who are not familiar with the term tambour, it is used to describe a flexible paneling product. How does it work? Tambour can be any material, wood, plastic, even glass cut into thin strips and laminated to a fabric backing. There is a small reveal at the width of each strip allowing the material to form and shape to almost any surface. Tambour paneling made of bamboo or palm can be shaped around a convex, concave, circular or flat surface with great ease making it a great friend of the do-it-yourselfer.

The image above uses bamboo tambour paneling. This installation retains warmth and is very inviting.

Bamboo Alternatives

So you’ve decided to re-design the wall surfaces in your living space and you are looking for something that says “you” in a truly original way. Durapalm paneling options might just be what you are looking for.  Durapalm panels come in a tambour option as well as two other really unique and user-friendly designs. These are the palm Woven and Deco palm designs. The Woven look evokes the sense of a basket weave pattern with its undulating overlap design. The feeling is both calm and soothing. The Deco pattern on the other hand, breaks this all up with a random multi-depth surface that is modern, unpredictable and highly energized. The Deco is truly a one of a kind look and feel.

Make It Yours

Whether you’re just look for a great texture and material to surface your walls with, or if you are looking for utility and function, the DIY or professional should find the range and variety of wall solutions available.

How to Build Bamboo Stairs

June 24, 2011 in Bamboo Flooring Trim and Accessories Tutorial

If you do a Wikipedia search on stairs, you’ll get all kinds of information. Things like an escalator and even a ladder are types of stairs or that stairs are constructed in practically every conceivable way.  Of course, our concern today isn’t about the history of stairs or their philosophical contexts, but how to complete the look of your palm or bamboo floor between floors.

Useful Facts about Stair Contruction

The stairs pictured here have both treads and risers made out of Neopolitan.

Stairs are constructed of a series of steps. Steps consist of a tread and a riser. The tread is the portion of the stair that you stand and walk on. The riser is what makes ascending possible and is the vertical portion of the stair. Sometimes these are left out like in the photo below. Typically, though, in single family homes they are used.

These stairs do not have risers, so they’re considered to be a floating staircase. Floating staircases are usually supported by one or more stringers, which structurally support the treads (and risers when used).

Giving your stairway the Plyboo Touch

Now that you’re armed with knowledge about what makes a stair step, let’s apply that knowledge to continuing the look and feel of your Plyboo or Durapalm floor on the stairway.  There are several options to build a stairway that’s right for your needs.  The first option is to custom build the stair out of palm or bamboo plywood.

Although the most expensive option, it offers complete versatility as you can build the step into whatever you desire. Floating stairways, spirals, any option that there’s a full view stairway can utilize this method.  Work with a professional to design the stairway of your choice.  This way you have full control over the look and feel of the tread, the visual effect and thickness of the whole step, and complete design freedom of what your step will look like.

Smith&Fong Co. offers both bamboo plywood and palm plywood in addition to flooring.  Contact our main office to find your local distributor if you’d like to know how to customize your staircase.

A second, albeit, more common and less expensive option, is to buy a stair step to meet the riser.  Stair steps are yet another solution to completing the look and feel of your flooring choice up the stairway.  They’re simple to install and they have the rounded nose that extends beyond the tread in one easy piece.  Just purchase as many as you have steps and install.

The third and least expensive option is to use stair nosing with any additional flooring you may have ordered.  Smith&Fong Co.’s stair nosing is different from its stair steps.  While both extend beyond the rising, the stair nosing is an economical solution to offer the continuity of a flooring look. You merely lay the flooring down as your tread and clip the nosing piece onto the tongue of the palm or bamboo flooring.

Stair nosing is implemented for both aesthetic and practical reasons. It extends beyond the tread and rounds off the edge of the step finishing it off and giving a traditional (or in the case of Neopolitan non-traditional), yet polished look. The photo below uses Durapalm flooring and stair nosing to finish off the steps. It makes the tread extend beyond the riser beneath much like the stair step.

As you can see, there are many possibilities with bamboo and with palm as a building material.  Each offers a great deal of versatility and  there is a solution for every price range. If you’d like to know more ways to use bamboo, feel free to contact us at sales@plyboo.com.

Photo credits in order of appearance: Patrick J. Killen, Margot Harford (Courtesy of Hershon Hartley), Kotaro Mick Miyake (Courtesy of Boora Architects) , and Benny Chan