Recycling, re-purposing, reclaiming, even up-cycling - the terms are banded around everywhere but what do they actually mean? Here at The Wooden Furniture Store, we think that they ultimately come down to the same thing - the reusing of materials to create something new. If you're trying to live a more sustainable, Eco-friendly life, then reclaimed and recycled wood furniture is a great place to start and here's why....
Helping the environment
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We live in a world with finite natural resources and their scarcity is a hot topic, so we're enthusiastic about the use of reclaimed wood in contemporary furniture. The reclaimed wood used for furniture is taken from a number of sources like old barns, warehouses, railway sleepers and even storage containers like wine barrels and beer casks. By using this recycled wood rather than live trees, furniture makers are reducing the need to cut down new wood – helping to reduce the effects that the industry has on the environment.
It's 100% unique
Another benefit of incorporating reclaimed wood furniture is that each piece is 100% unique and has lots of character from the different grain patterns, knots and burrows, nail holes, discoloration and uneven edges found in salvaged wood. Each piece of wood has its own story with a little piece of history to tell. Recycled wood furniture is more interesting than mass produced furniture and that's what makes each piece charming and unique.
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Having been in some form of use for years before being made into furniture, reclaimed wood has been open to the elements which mean that it has contracted and expanded numerous times. This means that it's dried it out entirely and there's no risk of warping and splitting. As well as this, recycled wood is usually much older than the young trees that are cut down for furniture production. This is great for the sturdiness of the reclaimed furniture pieces as the grain is generally much denser – making the wood less prone to cracking and chipping.
Introducing the Urban Chic range
The hardwood used to create the Urban Chic furniture collection has been reclaimed and up-cycled from Southern India and still bears it colouring and markings from its past - some of the wood is over 150 years old. Each piece in this stunning range is truly individual with colourful and worn wood combined with a beautifully made steel outer frame. The Urban Chic collection has a contemporary, urban edge and would create a really unique loft living statement for your home. Each piece is hand crafted from recycled wood and beautifully hand finished to create one-of-a-kind pieces for your home.
The Urban Chic range is stylish and very contemporary. Some of our favourite pieces include a simple reclaimed wood desk will allow you to convert your clinical office into an inviting, laid-back study with ease.
A rustic reclaimed wood dining table will help turn your dining room into an informal space for friends and family to enjoy.
There are four sizes of coffee tables available in the range including the best selling 4 door, 4 drawer coffee table.
The collection has proved to popular, we are launching another recycled wood furniture range, Coastal Chic, later this Autumn. Just watch this space!
DIY furniture projects
Fancy going a step further? Some of the most spectacular DIY projects involved taking an old piece of furniture and giving it a new identity or using something as simple and useless as a pallet and turning it into something functional and amazing. Here are a few projects that might give you some inspiration.
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Perfect for a child's room - make your own bookshelf out of an old ladder and use pallets to make a beautifull row of dutch houses.
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There are endless possibilities of projects to do with pallets. This swing bed is a lazy girls's dream come true, just swinging the summer away.....
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The beauty of this cabin-inspired wall is that the more distressed and wrecked the pallets, the better it looks.
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This idea for creating original artwork using re-purposed pallets has taken pinterest by storm. We love the colour used for this dandelion creation.
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Turn wooden crates into rustic bathroom shelving by fixing the back of the crates to the wall - perfect storage.
For more recycling, re-purposing, reclaiming and up-cycling furniture ideas, Pinterest is a great place to start!
Why not check out our new range, the Urban Elegance Reclaimed Range.