Question

Can bamboo be used as a countertop?

Asked by Martha Snow
Ocean Bluff, MA

I'd like to use bamboo for a kitchen countertop.

Answer

Polly Osborne, FAIA, LEED AP

Answered by Polly Osborne, FAIA, LEED AP

Los Angeles, CA

Polly Osborne Architects

June 23, 2011

I used a bamboo countertop in my own house and it holds up very well.

  • I finished it with a nontoxic sealer.
  • I don't cut on it or put super hot pans on it, so I can't tell you how that would be.
  • I used vertical grain solid bamboo so that the edges could show and look like miniature butcher block.

It has been installed now for about five years in the non-heavy-duty counters of my kitchen with no sign of wear.

 

For more information:

Read "I am considering using bamboo countertops in my kitchen. What can you tell me about this?" a Q&A by Jeff Jeannette.

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