Reclaimed wood furniture, incase you’re unsure, is simply wooded furniture that has been built from wood that used for another purpose. Some locations wood is often taken from are homes such as barns that are torn down, wine casks, shipping crates and old wood stumps. There are thousands of reasons interior designers and furniture producers are now choosing reclaimed wood over other materials and here we explore some of those reasons to try and convert you too. Do let us know if you have any other reasons that you think using reclaimed wood is better than using regular lumber, we’d love to hear them.
Virgin lumber wood, often used for luxury furniture is not as hard or durable as reclaimed wood is. Reclaimed wood items such as reclaimed wood table or reclaimed oak furniture are fantastic for realistic families as it looks amazing but it’s not too much of a big deal if its scratched or marked by children drawing or teens dragging their laptop across it. The explosion in industrial and shabby chic styles are also the reason this material is considered cooler than its counterparts in addition to its functionality. It also has completely unique knots, grains and nicks, which have taken decades, even centuries to evolve.
Gives Old Wood New Life
This sounds obvious but it’s better to be used and made into something beautiful than woodchip, right? Old wood is not only reclaimed but also repurposed so you never know, you might have a slice of influential history in your kitchen and not even know about it. This is another reason we love reclaimed wood, every piece has its own story yet instead of ending up literally on the scrap heap it is made to look fantastic again and bought by you!
By choosing reclaimed wood furniture you are using fewer natural resources to use reclaimed wood than it does to use new lumber in a project. In a world where we are constantly trying to reduce our energy usage this is a major selling point and places reclaimed wood leagues above new lumber for pretty much all projects.
Similarly to saving energy being environmentally friendly in our consumer choices is growing in importance on a daily basis and this is another box that reclaimed wood ticks. Recycling and reusing materials is essential and they are increasingly being used to make cool, one off pieces of furniture or interior accessories. Buying reclaimed wood, often for a much better price and better longevity than a mass-produced piece of build your own furniture is a simple and easy way for people to help save the planet.
The character that accompanies pieces made from reclaimed wood furniture is unrivalled. The smell, markings and overall feel of the piece adds such personality and interest to a room. This is why people that did subscribe to the ‘show home’ minimalist designs of the past decade are now getting rid of all of the white and mirrored furniture and choosing characterful wooden pieces to replace them.