3 Ways to Add Bamboo Veneer Pedestal Displays to Interior Designs

In home furnishings, bamboo is all the rage these days and with great reason. It’s earth-friendly, attractive, remarkably strong and comes in both natural and caramelized finishes. Plus, it can be worked into so many interior design schemes that it’s hard for most amateur and professional home decorators to resist. This is especially the case when the bamboo veneer is used to make ultra-affordable, first-rate pedestal displays.

Array or pedestals with decorative art pots

1.) Go Gilligan’s Island
Okay, so maybe we’re dating ourselves on this one but bamboo veneer pedestal displays would be perfect for creating a Gilligan’s Island type vibe. After all, the professor did make a dandy car and other items out of bamboo during some of the show’s popular episodes. Consider using our bamboo veneer pedestal displays to hold tropical plants, bowls of tropical fruits, island artwork and Gilligan’s Island memorabilia.

Art Pedestals with sculptures on top

2.) Sub-Saharan Africa Safari
Tropical islands are not the only places known to have bamboo forests. So if you’re not into an island theme, you could use the display pedestals to steam up a Sub-Saharan Africa design theme. Top them with taxidermy or sculptures of animals known to rule the Sub-Saharan African terrain. The “big five” don’t have to be the only items sitting atop your bamboo veneer pedestal displays either. Replicated, cultural artifacts and photos would look wonderful on our displays too.

3.) Salute to the Pacific Rim
Keeping with the travel theme, why not use the pedestal displays to focus on another well known area, the Pacific Rim? It’s a major producer of bamboo home products as well. Think about using the pedestal displays in an Asian style spa area. They could hold bamboo bath accessories like spa lotion pump bottles, nail polish displays, bowls of fresh sauna herbs and folded bamboo towels.

Art Pedestals with sculptures on top

To learn more about our bamboo veneer pedestal displays and get a few more design ideas, please contact us at Pedestal Source. Our bamboo veneer finishes may be paired with a wide array of display structures and we have other wood finishes in stock too.

Pedestal Finishes: Wood vs. Laminate

Pedestal Shopping TipsAfter months of searching, you acquire an art piece that is begging to be put up on a pedestal. You heed that call and start searching through your pedestal options.  As you shop around you find that while you prefer the rich color and texture of wood, a black or white laminate pedestal of the same dimensions will save you about 20%. A tempting savings indeed!

So, just how well do laminate pedestals stack up against their wooden counterparts? Here are a few facts:


White Laminate Pedestal
White Laminate Pedestal

The longevity and appearance of any pedestal depends on what it’s made from, how it’s used and how well it’s cared for. On scratch, stain, fade, moisture and impact resistance, laminate surfaces rate better then wood. However, if wood is coated in a high quality lacquer, it will be able to resist stains and moisture quite well.

When wood veneer pedestals are properly cared for, they can last as long as your art piece. While laminate surfaces may be more scratch resistant than wood, the edges are prone to chipping, and heavy or jagged art pieces can leave unappealing scars. In order to enjoy a long life, laminate pedestals needs to remain in a permanent location, with as little moving or transporting as possible.


Real Walnut Veneer Pedestal
Real Walnut Veneer Pedestal

Without a doubt, real wood veneer is more rich, warm and appealing than laminate. While wood can be finished to any color, it is a natural product and the grain and color will vary slightly from pedestal to pedestal. If wood is exposed to direct sunlight for a length of time, the color can change. Typically, darker woods will lighten when exposed to direct sunlight, when some lighter woods will darken slightly.

The standard laminate pedestal finishes are black and white. While those colors do provide a clean backdrop, they do not add any life or depth to a display. In recent years a few laminate patterns designs have emerged that provide an appealing stone look, but they are a far cry from the real thing. When it comes to exposure to direct sunlight, laminate surfaces do a great job at resisting the sun’s effects.

Maintenance and Care

Laminate may be slightly easier to maintain than wood, but it is harder to repair. If scratched, dinged or marred, wood veneer pedestals can be refinished. Laminate surfaces cannot. Cleaning of pedestals, whether wood or laminate, should be done with a 50/50 solution of rubbing alcohol and water. Cleaning with water alone can cause wood finishes to become dull, and will usually leave streaks on laminate surfaces.

Personal Preference

While both wood and laminate finishes have their pros and cons, the most important factor in your decision should always be personal preference. Ask yourself the simple question:

Do I want my pedestal to blend in or proudly display?”

Pedestals finished in black or white laminate are best at blending into the surroundings. If you would like your pedestal to simply lift up and display your art piece without getting in the way, then a laminate finish would be your best bet. If you are looking to accentuate your art piece, and would see the pedestal as a worthy addition to the furniture in your room,  a rich wood veneer is the way to go.

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