What are the Benefits of Using Reclaimed Wood?

Though not a new concept, reclaimed wood has gained popularity, especially with the boom in remodeling and green building. Reclaimed lumber refers to wood that had initially been used for different purposes.

For instance, a wooden storage crate can be milled and redesigned into something new. Reclaimed wood flooring, siding, wood paneling, and other forms of reclaimed furniture are everywhere. Below are some benefits of using reclaimed wood on your projects.

It Preserves Natural Resources and Promotes Sustainability

Reclaimed wood preserves natural timber or forest resources as it eliminates the need for logging. Using reclaimed materials means trees won't be cut down to create furniture.

Giving trees more time to grow makes them durable and will produce better quality timber later. Wood products made from durable and quality timber are versatile and last longer.

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Besides reducing the devastating effects of deforestation, reclaimed wood also prevents valuable resources from being dumped in landfills. Through various sourcing methods, such as wooden structures scheduled for demolition, submerged forests, and manufacturing offcuts, reclaiming large quantities and putting them to use significantly reduces landfill waste.

Reclaiming also promotes sustainability by lowering emissions of logging, processing, and transporting new wood.

It's Unique

Reclaimed wood is full of character, as there are no similar pieces. Your furniture or other wooden installation becomes a unique piece that guests will admire. You can recreate reclaimed wood into several pieces, such as wood bookcases, wood furniture, coffee tables, dining tables, bedside tables, and more.

It's Versatile

Reclaimed wood can be paired and combined with multiple design elements. This makes them perfect for many interior design trends and a great way to create a focal point in your house. For instance, using reclaimed wood together with stainless steel makes your "new furniture" unique and floats above standard brushed metal.

It's Durable

Reclaimed wood is probably the best sustainable investment, especially if you want furniture and other reclaimed products that can stand the test of time. Reclaimed wood can be treated with waxes and oil to bring out and augment the natural appeal of wood. Finishing with these products allows the wood to hold on to its character for years. 

reclaimed woodYou can also use harder-wearing varnishes to ensure that the natural look of wood isn't lost.

Reclaimed Wood Requires Fewer Paints and Stains

The rustic appearance of reclaimed wood items is becoming a popular interior design trend. A reclaimed wood furniture or table top provides a rustic look, making it unnecessary to use stains, paints, and other chemicals. Most chemical treating agents negatively affect the environment and should be avoided.

Reclaimed Wood Has Beauty and Story

Reclaimed wood adds a lot of personality and authenticity to furniture. Interior designers currently prefer aesthetics that embody the natural beauty and appearance of wood. Occupants and visitors respond instinctively to wooden beams, furniture, flooring, and siding.


Reclaimed wood improves the aesthetic appearance of your home and greatly benefits the earth. Anytime you think of remodeling, buying new wooden furniture, or other household pieces, you should consider if reclaimed wood can fit your home's aesthetic.

Author - Fred Felton
Fred Felton          

Content Creator / Editor

Fred Felton is a copywriter, editor and social media specialist based in Durban, South Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in creating high end content. He has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. Currently Fred specialises in the wooden arts and crafts space, focussing on innovative wooden product design. He is also a keynote speaker and has presented talks and workshops in South Africa.


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