Reclaimed wood is wood that comes from almost any source except a newly felled tree. This timber usually comes from old buildings being demolished. It may come from the joists, floors and support beams of old buildings. Let’s look at what counts as reclaimed wood, the types of wood regularly available as reclaimed wood, and the benefits of using reclaimed wood. We’ll also discuss the proper care of reclaimed wood furniture if you already own it or are considering getting it.
Reclaimed furniture is furniture made from old timber. Many prized pieces come from buildings being torn down since you’re able to walk away with large beams, floorboards, and planks that perfect for use in other applications. Some artisans are using wood from shipping pallets to create furniture or damaged old furniture to make new items. These reclaimed wood pallets are contemporary but are still “reclaimed” wood. Reclaimed wood is also used to create that vintage.
Up-cycling refers to recycling something into an item of much higher value than the original. Turning discarded and originally cheap wood pallets into tables and is certainly a case of up-cycling. Bookcases made from pallets is another case of up-cycling and reclaimed furniture. However, turning an old table into chairs counts as creating reclaimed wood furniture but it isn’t up-cycled. Using old wood floor board son a new floor is only recycling the material. Using old wood beams in your new roof is recycling reclaimed wood.
Most reclaimed wood furniture that we sell is both and recycled since the building materials are turned into mid-market and luxury furniture. For instance, many of our dining sets and bedside tables are made from reclaimed wood, which allows us to sell items at a fraction of the price you would pay from other manufacturers, with the same level of quality.