Budget-Friendly Bamboo Decorating

Bamboo is budget-friendly, environmentally-friendly and durable. Easily purchased in 15-foot rolls, you can use it for privacy or anywhere you want to bring in a natural texture. Cut it, stain it or paint it. This versatile material is easy to work with and can be made to fit your decor. Let me show you how.


If you’re looking for the privacy of a stockade fence, but don’t have thousands of dollars to spend, consider bamboo. Although it’s not meant to keep the dogs corralled, for less than $100, you can enclose the average yard with a few rolls and a few simple tools.

It’s easy to attach to an existing chain link fence with twisted wire. Or you can stake metal fence posts around your space, paint them to blend with the bamboo and install a decorative wall anywhere you need privacy.

For a finished and decorative look, frame sections of bamboo with inexpensive wood. As a matter of fact, if you can build a basic wood frame, you can use bamboo just about anywhere as a stylish addition to any room in your home.

Room Dividers

Room dividers get an exotic treatment when you cover them with bamboo. Build a simple panel, cover it with your bamboo and frame it out to finish the edges. You can even stain or paint the bamboo and frame to complement your decor.


If you have an odd-shaped window that needs to be covered, fit in a small wood frame with bamboo here, too. If one layer of bamboo doesn’t give you the privacy you want, glue two layers together – you’ll get added privacy, but you’ll still be able to see small amounts of light to shine through the material.

Here’s an idea for newlyweds and new homeowners. Skip the sheets and newspaper for temporary window covers and use bamboo instead. For less then $25, you can cover all the windows in your home. Just cut the bamboo to fit tightly in the window openings. You can even stabilize the pieces by using construction glue fix two pieces together. Cut one piece running in a horizontal direction and the second piece in a vertical direction and your bamboo pieces will stand on their own.

Cabinets, Drawers and Doors

Dress up plain cabinets, drawers and doors with panels of bamboo. These panel insets will bring additional interest, warmth and texture to the space in a way no other material could. Trim it, frame it and let its natural beauty shine through.


Don’t forget your ceilings. Whether you’re looking for a decorative element or trying to camouflage imperfections, bamboo can cover it all.

Cut it, frame it, paint it or stain it. Check out the Bamboo ideabook on Houzz for terrific ideas you, too, can use. Let versatile bamboo do its budget-friendly job throughout your home and enjoy the look of an environmentally-friendly material that works well in many different applications.

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