Using reclaimed materials is hugely popular and is a great way to give your home some unique touches and do your bit to help the environment. One room where using reclaimed materials can really come into its own is the kitchen. A kitchen space offers the perfect opportunity to use your imagination and employ reclaimed materials in ways that will make your room stand out from the crowd and put a smile on your face every time you walk in. So whether you want to go the whole hog and create a completely reclaimed kitchen or add a little extra charm with a few subtle touches like a bespoke dining tables or dining set, our guide will tell you everything you need to know to turn your kitchen into a reclamation masterpiece.
These days when it’s time for a new kitchen, most of us opt for off the shelf fitted units that anyone can buy. Whilst you can always decorate and add extra touches to individualise your space, using reclaimed materials to create your kitchen units will mean your room is totally one of a kind. Kitchen cabinets can be built from a huge variety of reclaimed and recycled materials, such as old doors, metal storage from disused factories or even packing crates.
If you have space for a dining area in your kitchen then a reclaimed wood dining set is a stylish way to add interest and character, especially if the rest of your kitchen is modern. You can opt for solid wood with a table manufactured from railway sleepers and old floorboards, or pick something that blends old and new like a bespoke modern reclaimed wood dining table with steel or chrome legs. An exceptional dining table is not only functional but also tells a story, so if you want your table to bear the marks of the life it’s had then reclaimed wood is the only way to go!
Kitchens devoid of colour or any clutter can be clinical, but even if the space you have is a bright white box you can use reclaimed fabrics to inject some fun and create a homely feel. Retro and vintage patterns are bang on trend and you’ll find vintage fabrics in charity shops, flea markets and online. You can use a vintage fabric to make curtains, roman blinds, place mats, tablecloths and seat covers. Either stick to one or two fabrics that you really adore or mix and match with lots of different clashing floral, geometric or tartan patterns for a chic boho look.
Getting your kitchen floor right is incredibly important but it’s not just about how easy it is to keep clean. A reclaimed floor can be the crowning glory of your kitchen and get all your friends and family talking, as well as being a practical way to cover your floor. Recycled or reclaimed flooring can be made from a diverse range of materials such as salvaged flagstones or floorboards, old uPVC windows, bicycle inner tubes and car windscreens and will not only look beautiful but will also have far less environmental impact than a brand new floor.