In an age of fast fashion and fast furniture, more people are looking for choice items that will stand the tests of time, including the caprices of style. Some are looking further still, considering the footprint of their furniture and the waste it may create – or help avoid – with eco-friendly furniture.
If you’re looking for lower impact furniture, reclaimed wood furniture, also known as salvaged wood, is a great short cut.
Reclaimed Wood History
Any wood that does not come from a newly fallen tree can be classified as reclaimed or salvaged wood but not all is created equal. The true beauty of reclaimed wood comes from its history.
Emerging from 18th to early 20th century when high quality wood could be found in abundance and was a vitally important building material, reclaimed wood was originally used to create the joists, floors and support beams of many buildings such as bars, factories and grand old railway terminals.
This wood has stood the test of time and has now been beautifully recrafted as eco-friendly furniture to decorate and enhance stylish homes around the world.
While any type of wood can be reclaimed, some of the more common and desirable are pine, oak and beech.
Each bring their own rustic characters and textures to eco-friendly furniture, particularly prevalent in wood over a hundred years old. This wood benefits from the fact that it is already aged with a tight grain and does not require a finish to be applied to display its beauty. The fact it has been weathered and dried also ensures it will not shrink or morph like some new woods.
Beside its history and unique character, reclaimed wood’s ecological benefit is obvious. By producing and purchasing eco-friendly furniture, we are preventing the environmental impact of mass forestation and the use of world resources.
Below we take a closer look at some of the most beautiful and practical ways that reclaimed wood has been turned into wonderful pieces of eco-friendly furniture.
Best Use Of Reclaimed Wood
The dining table is often the statement piece of any home. It is not just the place where food is consumed, it is where loved ones laugh, tell stories and bond. It serves a starring role in the hosting of special occasions such as Christmas dinners or birthday parties. Coming in many shapes and sizes, reclaimed wood dining tables strike that perfect balance between practicality and irresistible style.
Often taken for granted in any home is the coffee table. A good coffee table is reliable and resourceful, and investing in a reclaimed wood coffee tables not only shows impeccable taste but also a responsibility to environmental matters.
Bookcases are the window into the soul of the homeowner. The books upon it will communicate what your interests are, what you believe and might even show who you love. We can even get clue as to how the books align, possibly by colour or shape. But nothing will display your taste more than choosing to use a reclaimed wood bookcase to make a statement. The appreciation of the finish and sturdiness of reclaimed wood will be sure to get people talking.
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