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Design Trends – Bamboo Flooring

bamboo flooringWhen you’re looking for home decorating options, Cleveland has plenty to offer. In a place like Cleveland which experiences a lot of different extreme weather conditions during both summers and winters, you have to choose materials that can withstand and literally weather such climatic conditions. Consult with your architect or interior decorator about the different areas in your home, their planned purpose and the ideal floors and walls and other furniture and fittings. Your floor is literally the most used and often abused space in your home, especially if you have young children and pets. You walk on them as well as run, stamp, spill and scratch them. Your flooring should be strong enough to withstand all that apart from the weather and the resultant variations in temperature and humidity.

The most favored traditional floors have been wood. In recent years, people are moving away from wood to bamboo because of the abundant supply of bamboo, and its growth rate. Bamboo matures quite quickly; where trees like teak, pine and oak might take fifty years to grow and be ready for lumber, bamboo is usually available in five! This makes the replenishment of bamboo faster, and hence people looking for a greener home opt for bamboo floors. Bamboo is a sustainable plant and is also available in a wide range of varieties making it suitable for flooring for the entire home, for all the rooms from nursery and bedrooms to the kitchen and the patio.

The various kinds of bamboo available for flooring in Cleveland depend on the type of plant and the way it is harvested. The most popular bamboo floors are of two types, called strand woven bamboo and fused fiber bamboo. The strand woven bamboo is much stronger and is used for floors where there will be a lot of foot traffic. The fused fiber bamboo floor looks more attractive and so can be used for decorating purposes like a hotel lobby or the patio that receives less foot traffic.

There are no standard grading systems for bamboo available, and so the seller or manufacturer reputation is very crucial when you’re thinking of going with bamboo floors. You need to learn about the different kinds of bamboo and their characteristics to make an informed choice. The age of the bamboo plant when it is harvested dictates its hardness and therefore its durability too. Ideally the plant should be at six to nine years of age when it is harvested for timber. At six to nine years bamboo becomes very, very hard and durable and is a great wearing floor. There are some engineered bamboo floors available today that combine a top layer of bamboo with layers of other wood which make them strong, light weight and yet durable.  The biggest scam in bamboo is the cheaper imports that sell for $3 – $4 that are only three years old. They are actually soft and do not hold up well – hence the lower price. Trust us – you do not want a floor made of three year old bamboo. 

At Pucher’s, started by Carl Pucher in 1928, we have been providing floors to the Cleveland area for the last three generations. Now headed by the grandson of Carl Pucher, Pucher’s is a by-word for flooring in and around the Cleveland area in North East Ohio. Our in-house design consultants can help you with any questions you might have regarding your home interiors. We also have a range of paints, wallpapers, other household products, cleaning agents, furnishings, fittings, window treatments, etc. apart from just floors. Anything you need for your home, you can find it at Pucher’s. Call us today for a free quote or visit us for a free consultation.

Selecting the Perfect Area Rug for Your Room

At Pucher’s we love helping our clients pick out area rugs!  They come in so many gorgeous colors, textures & designs and they are a great source of color and design ideas for your rooms!  But once you select your design, you need to think about the size, shape and furniture .  Here are a few ideas to help simplify the process and bring out the beauty in any space.

First, know your room’s dimensions.  Use a measuring tape and size it out. To get a feel for how the rug will lay out, try this designer trick.  Using masking tape, outline the desired rug dimensions on the floor.  Then arrange furniture over the outline and visualize.  Here are some layouts for you to consider.

living-room-1-resized-600Living Room #1

Start with a room-sized rug where the furniture floats center.  We recommend a rug that is 8′ x 11′ or larger.  The rule of thumb is to leave 12″ to 18″ of exposed floor to create a border around the rug – equal on all four sides if possible.

Living Room #2

This rug is tucked under the front legs of the sofa with the back legs on or off depending on personal preference.  We recommend a rug that is 5′ x 8′ or larger.  Again, leave 12″ – 18″ between the wall and the rug, creating a border of exposed floor that frames the arrangement – equal on all four sides if possible.


living-room-3-resized-600Living Room #3

This rug is placed in front of the sofa.  We recommend a rug that is 3′ x 5′ to 6′ x 9′ or approximately the length of the sofa.  Leaving a sliver of exposed floor between the rug and sofa will accent the furniture.  When the rug is under the coffee table, make sure it is large enough to accommodate all four legs.


diningDining Room

Begin with a room-sized rug where there is enough room for all chair legs to stay on the rug when comfortably pulled away from the table.  We recommend a rug that is 8′ x 10′ or larger.

Bedroom #1

Layer runners in the same pattern, or the same color family, on 2 or 3 sides around a bed frame.


bedroom-layout-2-resized-600Bedroom #2

Begin with a large rug under two legs, but allow wood floor to show all around the bed.  Rug should extend approximately 24″ or more from the sides of the bed.

Key Takeaway:  Pucher’s design team shares tips for selecting the perfect area rug for your space.