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Bamboo is a fast-growing renewable resource, and has a beautiful, modern look making it a popular interior design choice for home and office. Bamboo flooring has been popular for years, and the quality of bamboo veneer has made it an appealing material for tables and other furniture. 

Many homeowners are unsure of how to care for their bamboo furniture. In general, furniture made of bamboo veneer should be treated just like fine wood furniture. 

Bamboo is as hard or harder than wood (depending on the specific hardwood). Like wood, bamboo furniture will hold up to years of ordinary use with no special pampering necessary. However, bamboo is an organic material, and it is not as hard as metal or stone. Take care not to bang sharp objects against your bamboo table, just as you would protect a prized wood table from dings or nicks. And do not allow liquid spills to sit for long periods of time.

In many cases the durability of your bamboo furniture will depend on the finish rather than the bamboo. A cheap or poorly applied finish may wear unevenly or discolor with age, while a good finish will protect your bamboo furniture and remain beautiful for many years. We use a water based, low VOC finish for our bamboo furniture. This finish requires no maintenance besides occasional cleaning with a soft cloth and if necessary, a non-abrasive cleaning product. In case of a sticky or gummy stain such as gum or tape residue, use a razor blade to carefully scrape off the stain without scratching the finish. Sometimes ice can be used to make the substance brittle before removing. Do not apply wax or furniture polish to a water based finish. If you are not sure what kind of finish has been used with your bamboo furniture, check with the manufacturer for specific care instructions.

Design Your Credenza

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Are you purchasing a credenza for your office or home office? Here are a few questions to consider in designing your credenza:

What height should the credenza be? If you intend to use the credenza as a work surface, it should be the same height as your desk (typically 29" high, but measure your desk to be sure). If not, we recommend a height of 34" for credenzas. This breaks up the static height of the tables, and makes the room design more interesting than if all desks and tables were the same height.

How will the credenza be used? There are many storage options including shelves, drawers and lateral files. The options you choose will depend on what will be stored in your credenza.

Will there be electronics inside your credenza? Be sure to measure the components and make sure they will fit inside. You may need special options for the credenza like wiring access or ventilation in the rear panel.

Ventilation is often overlooked when designing a credenza, but it is critically important. Electronic equipment outputs a surprising amount of heat. In an enclosed space the heat can build up to such a level that it can crash or even permanently damage your electronics. Proper ventilation will ensure that eletronic components stored inside your credenza do not overheat.

The simplest form of ventilation is air holes or vents cut into the back panel. Your furniture designer will work with you to make sure the vents are correctly placed to provide airflow to your electronics. If the credenza will contain many components with high power output, simple air vents may not be enough and you may need to have fans installed in the back of the credenza. Either way, make sure to leave a gap of at least a couple of inches between the credenza and the wall; if the back is pressed up against the wall this will block airflow and defeat the purpose of venting.