Natural elements in the home continue to be an important home decor and home furnishing trend. One way to bring in some nice natural elements is through a bamboo lampshade. At Mondoro, we manufacture bamboo lamp shades.
To manufacture or make bamboo lampshades, you need to 1) properly prepare the bamboo materials, 2) build a metal frame, 3) wrap the metal frame, 4) secure the bamboo on to the metal frame, 5) spray color on top of the bamboo shade if you desire the lampshade to be a color other than natural and 6) spray a top coat on the entire shade to protect the bamboo shade’s finish.
How Do You Make A Bamboo Lamp Shade?
To make a bamboo lampshade requires some skill; many steps must be taken in the making of the lampshade. To make a bamboo lampshade requires someone who understands how to work with the bamboo raw material and how to weave the material on to a frame.
Here are the basic steps to manufacture a bamboo lampshade:
Cut The Bamboo
Bamboo is a tough and straight material; this is a great quality about bamboo, but it also means the material must be cut into tiny pieces to be woven.
Preparing the correct materials is one of the most important things for manufacturing a bamboo lampshade. The bamboo must be split into tiny pieces to bend and be used to weave the shade.
Prepare the Metal Frame
Most bamboo shades have a metal frame to them. The reason is that the metal frame will allow the bamboo shade to keep its shape.
When you are manufacturing a bamboo shade, you should have a proper frame, one of the most important things you should do. This metal frame should also be powder coated properly so that the metal frame will not rust.
Some people may try to use bamboo material to make the frame. We have also seen this done. But we choose not to use bamboo as we feel like the metal gives a thinner look than if we used bamboo.
With the metal frame, we can ensure that the entire lampshade is uniform. Sometimes if you use the bamboo material for the frame, the frame may not be perfectly formed.
Wrap The Frame
Even though we use a metal frame for our bamboo lampshades, we do not like to have the metal frame show through onto our finished lampshade. . This is because we want the entire lampshade to still look like a completely natural lampshade.
We always try to go the extra step of wrapping the entire metal frame with a natural material like seagrass. If cost is considered, you may not want to do this extra step of wrapping the frame as it will cost more than just a plain metal frame.
If you are looking for a high-end look in your bamboo lampshade, you should consider wrapping the entire metal frame in a natural material. We believe there are many advantages to wrapping your metal frame, but one of the main advantages is that you can not see any of the metal.
Secure the Bamboo Onto the Metal Frame
Once your metal frame is completed, you are ready to place bamboo strips on to the frame. This step requires that you have some skills to weave the bamboo onto the frame.
The reasons this step requires a high level of skill is so that once the bamboo is secured it will not come off the frame. It also takes a high level of skill to be able to wrap the bamboo evenly and neatly so the frame.
Because this is what most people will see, securing the bamboo strips onto the frame is one of the most important and difficult steps of the entire process. Most of our weavers have been weaving with bamboo for most of their lives, so they have the skills needed to weave the bamboo onto the frame properly.
Spray the Color On the Bamboo Lampshade
If you want your bamboo shade to be a color other than the natural bamboo color, you can spray the color onto the bamboo shade once the weaving is completed. We spray the color on vs. brushing it on because a spray will give it a much cleaner finish.
You only need to do this step if you want to have a bamboo shade other than the natural color. If you want your shade to be the natural color, you can skip this step in the bamboo lampshade making process.
Spray on the Topcoat on the Shade
Whether you have the color on the shade or want the shade to be a natural color, you should spray a top coat onto the bamboo lampshade. A topcoat will help you protect the overall lampshade.
We like to use a topcoat with a matt or semi-gloss coat on top of it. If you want the shade to be shiny, you can spray a glossy top coat.
We love the look of the natural bamboo lampshades. They are a great addition to anyone’s home decor. They are also a look and feel that is now right on-trend.
If you are interested in Bamboo shades for your home decor and home furnishing collection, we would love to hear from you and see how we can help you. Please feel free to contact me, Anita, through my email by clicking here or by checking out our contact page by clicking here.
What Are The Eco-Friendly Seagrass Materials Used in Home Decor Products?
Seagrass is exactly as the name implies, a grass that grows in the sea or in areas that have saltwater. As Vietnam has access to a lot of tropical oceans, seagrass is abundant in Vietnam. A lot of the seagrass used for manufacturing home decor products is farmed to be cut and processed specifically for seagrass weaving. This seagrass is cut, dried, spun, dyed, and then woven into many different items, including baskets, lampshades, furniture, and area rugs. But seagrass also has some great eco-friendly properties that make it a great alternative to plastic.
You can discover more by reading our blog Eco-Friendly Seagrass Materials Used in Home Decor Products by clicking here.
What is Spun Bamboo?
Spun bamboo was invented in Vietnam over 800 years ago to give a cheaper alternative to the home decor and home utensil materials that were then being used. Spun bamboo is called spun bamboo as it is spun out pieces of bamboo, and then the bamboo pieces are glued together into a form. This spun bamboo production helps women in these villages earn an extra income. Spun bamboo is a great natural product and can be used in a variety of home decor and kitchen products.
You can learn more by reading our blog What is Spun Bamboo? Using Spun Bamboo in Product Development by clicking here.