Eco-friendly furniture and its #1 trend...
Eco-friendly furniture is more popular than ever, and rightly so. Here we look more in to arguably the most popular type - 'reclaimed' and give the 10 reasons why it makes such great furniture.
Firstly, what is reclaimed furniture?
Reclaimed furniture is made from wood which has had a previous use. The wood often comes from old buildings which are being demolished, but can also come from other very interesting places, with old fishing boats a particularly popular source in recent years.
Sadly, in previous decades old wood would often be disposed of or burnt, which was a terrible waste. Thankfully though, particularly in the past decade, both the furniture industry and consumers have become much more aware and appreciative of the merits of eco-friendly pieces of furniture, leading to a surge in supply and demand.
Today, all manner of furniture is made from reused wood, including benches, sideboards, chests of drawers, beds and much more besides.
Why is it so popular?
1) It’s environmentally friendly
One of the biggest plus points of all - old timber that can be redeployed to make dining tables, chairs, wardrobes and the like is a highly sustainable and eco-friendly way forward.
Thankfully, over the past few decades the world has become more and more environmentally conscious. That said, there is still much room for improvement. In Britain alone, nearly five million tons of wood is disposed of every year. Furniture made of reused wood combats the waste of perfectly good existing timber, and also avoids the need to tear down even more trees.
The popularity of reclaimed furniture has risen significantly in recent years and appears to be a style that’s here to stay, rather than simply a passing trend. Great news for the planet and for households throughout the UK and beyond, who are becoming increasingly appreciative of the merits this furniture brings.
2) It’s made of stern stuff
By its very nature, reused wood is usually very strong and robust – after all, it’s served a previous purpose and so has already proven that it can stand the test of time. What’s more, wood that’s previously been used for purposes such as buildings and boats is usually hardwood, which is generally best for furniture, being tougher and more durable than softwood.
All of this means that your furniture will be strong and stable, both now and for years to come.
3) It’s price competitive
Reclaimed is usually cheaper than new timber. Therefore, far from paying a premium for all of the other great benefits listed in this article, you’ll often find that you’ll pay less for your furniture, especially compared to new hardwood equivalents.
4) It has an abundance of character
Quite simply, it looks great, thanks to the unique texture and grain of the wood. It’s a distinctive, rustic style and one that simply oozes character and charm.
5) It has its own history
When buying reclaimed furniture, you’ll often be able to find out the origins of the wood. Every old piece of wood has a story to tell and it’s quite remarkable when, for example, your coffee table had a previous life as part of an old Indian fishing boat, fifty years ago.
6) It’s unique
Manufactured furniture can often lack character and you may have the same dining table as ten thousand other households throughout the UK. However, with recycled wood, every single item is different, which gives you and your home a strong sense of individuality.
7) It’s versatile
The ‘rules’ of interior design have become more flexible in recent years and it’s now generally accepted that items of furniture within a bedroom, living room or kitchen don’t necessarily need to match, as long as they’re in the same style. This is especially true for the reclaimed look, which is incredibly flexible in this respect.
8) The wood is different
Many ranges are sourced from the Far East and, as such, your wardrobe could potentially be made from an interesting, exotic timber.
9) It’s less likely to move
Being a natural material, wood can often move and warp, especially when it’s exposed to changes in warmth and humidity. Reused wood has already aged and is therefore far less likely to do this.
10) Finally, you don’t need to worry about it getting chipped
We’ve all been there – you get a new piece of furniture and within a relatively short space of time you or the children manage to scratch or dent it. With reclaimed, the wood is already imperfect, which in turn removes the worry of it getting damaged.
Good quality furniture should last for many years and so the chances are that you’ll move home with your furniture – perhaps more than once. Again, the worry of items getting knocked during the move is much reduced when you opt for reclaimed.