Guide to horizontal bamboo flooring

Guide to horizontal bamboo flooring

This entry was posted on January 4, 2016 by chris elliott

What is horizontal bamboo flooring?

Horizontal bamboo flooring is a type of bamboo flooring that has been constructed with horizontal strips of bamboo, giving a wider grain pattern so that the bamboo knots and grain can be seen more clearly.  

It is available in a natural bamboo colour (golden, blonde tones), or carbonised bamboo (rich, coffee colours).

01_Prop_NH F1005


It has a similar strength and hardness to Oak flooring, but can be found at a fraction of the price.  It is a dimensionally stable flooring material, meaning that it does not necessarily need fixing into place, it can be installed over almost any type of subfloor, can be loose laid over an underlay, and used in areas with underfloor heating or in rooms where temperature and humidity fluctuate (such as conservatories). As with all types of bamboo flooring, horizontal bamboo is an eco-friendly and sustainable product, easy to install and extremely easy to clean and maintain.


How is horizontal bamboo flooring made?

Once the bamboo crop has reached maturity (after approximately 5 years), it is cut, dried and sliced into thin, flat strips.  If the end product is going to be natural horizontal bamboo then the strips are left in their natural colour.  If the end product is going to be carbonised horizontal bamboo, the raw strips are smoked to produce the rich brown colour.  The strips of bamboo are now glued together horizontally and then machined into planks of flooring.  These planks are then sanded and protected by layers of lacquer.  A tongue and groove or click profile fitting system is then machined onto the planks before a final layer of protective lacquer is added to the surface.  The horizontal bamboo flooring is now ready to be packed and distributed.

01_Room_NH F1005