Is it possible to furnish sustainably? Is it realistic?
Sustainability is a complex concept, but there are options. Furniture made from reclaimed wood is a realistic, more sustainable and often colourful alternative to mainstream furniture.
As we become more and more aware of our environmental footprint and the effect it has on the resources we have available to us, we see how important it is to limit waste and re-use where possible.
Recycling or re-using materials is not limited to plastics or packaging we might get from a supermarket. This process can be applied to the furniture making process which requires considerable resources.
Furniture made from reclaimed wood is not only the sustainable choice, but it is becoming more and more available, here in the UK. Manufacturers are now looking at used lumber as a resource for making incredible, striking and well designed furniture pieces.
Reclaimed lumber is wood which was previously used in construction or has previously been made into windows and doors. In some furniture pieces you can see the original wood has been painted over multiple times.
Let's talk about quality. Some of the wood used ranges from 50 to 250 years old. Interestingly, this wood is often stronger and more stable when compared to modern wood. The increased strenght is attributed to lower pollution levels as well as it having been harvested from virgin timber.
Reclaimed beams can be sawn into wider planks than newly harvested lumber, and many companies claim that their products are more stable than newly cut wood because reclaimed wood has been exposed to changes in humidity for far longer and is therefore more stable.While it is more time consuming and requires more resource, utilising reclaimed wood in furniture has resulted in the creation of unique and inspiring pieces, which makes sense considering the effort required by the manufacturing process. It is more efficient to invest in designing a striking, timeless piece, especially considering all of the additional steps one has to go through to re-use materials. The end result is captivating, highlighting the beauty and character of the old wood.
The styles dominating the reclaimed furniture market are coastal, industrial, retro, minimalist and contemporary. We currently stock reclaimed living room, study, dining room and hallway furniture including sideboards, desks, bookcases, coffee tables and we are constantly on the lookout for more authentic reclaimed furniture sources in our pursuit to make sustainable furniture more available.
Living room furniture as well as desks, bookcases, sideboards and coffee tables are easier to make from a manufacturing perspective, which is why it is still difficult to furnish the entire home with reclaimed wood. However, it is possible to purchase furniture made from sustainably sourced wood.
Explore the comfycorner.co.uk Reclaimed category to see our newest reclaimed wood furniture additions.