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Sustainability in the Industry: How Reclaimed Furniture has a Positive Environmental Effect Posted 6th August 2014

In recent years, the popularity of reclaimed furniture in homes and hospitality venues across the UK has sky-rocketed. This surge has not just spawned from the fact that reclaimed furniture is quirky and unique, it’s also due to the positive effects it has on the environment.

Let's take a closer look at reclaimed furniture to see why it is more popular now than ever and how it is creating sustainability in the industry.

What is Reclaimed Furniture?

First things first, let's discuss what reclaimed furniture actually is. It’s any type of furniture that has been crafted from reclaimed or recycled wood. This type of wood has always been considered a premium and plentiful material that's strong, flexible and durable, and for over 100 years, this has made it a popular choice of material for furniture makers and restorers alike.

How Does Reclaimed Furniture Have a Positive Environmental Effect?

Reclaimed furniture has a positive impact on the environment in a number of ways.

The most obvious is that, when we buy furniture (sofas, beds, tables, wardrobes or any item that's been crafted from reclaimed wood), it naturally saves trees from being felled. For example, if 90 trees were saved due to reclaimed furniture, the trees would absorb as much as 2,838lbs of CO2 each year and even if a furniture manufacturer were to plant new trees in their place, it can take years for saplings to grow to a point that even gets close to the above-mentioned CO2 absorption figures.

Another way that reclaimed furniture has a positive impact on the environment is that the wood reclamation process consumes less energy than the wood creation process. It is said, for example, that it takes up to 13 times more energy to make flooring with virgin wood than reclaimed wood.

The Benefits of Reclaimed Furniture

So furniture made from reclaimed wood is certainly more environmentally friendly than furniture made from virgin wood, but there are other reasons that you should aim to buy reclaimed furniture for your home or commercial space. Here's a run-down of the unique benefits that come from buying reclaimed furniture:

  • Quirky and unique: Anybody can buy a nice hardwood table, but no two people will have the same reclaimed hardwood table, and period looks can be achieved depending on the age of the reclaimed wood.
  • A story to tell: Wood ages wonderfully and, of course, it has its own story - when it was crafted, who crafted it, what form it used to take, etc. With reclaimed furniture, you get a piece that has an intriguing history to share with family and friends. 
  • Strength and durability: As crafted wood ages, it becomes more robust and, on average, it's stronger than virgin wood furniture. This makes it less prone to warping, splitting or other quality issues, so you can rest assured you have a strong and durable piece of furniture that will last.

Reclaimed Furniture from the 1920s

At Taylor's Classics we love reclaimed wood furniture. Each piece wears its history proudly with aged stains, subtle grooves, nicks and imperfections. This look simply isn’t achieved with virgin wood furniture; it has its pros, but it can't match the character reclaimed furniture offers.

We're big fans of 1920s reclaimed furniture. It’s available in two forms - furniture crafted in the 1920s from wood dated to the early 19th century, or furniture crafted in recent years from genuine 1920s wood. The first type is the rarest as, back then people weren't educated about the environment or our effects on it and, sadly because of this, unwanted and unloved furniture found its way onto fires and landfill sites.

Popular Styles

Reclaimed furniture comes in many shapes, sizes, woods and originates from different ages. At Taylor's Classics we specialise in selling 1920s reclaimed furniture, a period that has proved to be extremely popular with our customers. 1920s furniture has proven itself as a perfect solution for traditional and eclectic venues within the hospitality industry.

Tables are particularly popular. A 1920s solid Oak trestle end Refectory table would look fantastic in a restaurant and a 1920s boozing table would fit perfectly into the corner of any room or bar aiming for the classic interior look.

When it comes to more prominent furniture, reclaimed cabinets and sideboards offer a high level of function combined with unique looks and charm.

But we also sell much more than our 1920s reclaimed furniture. For our full range, check out our antique and reclaimed furniture section.

Closing Thoughts

Reclaimed wood plays a pivotal role in keeping the furniture industry's CO2 emissions down, helping to save trees from felling and reducing the emissions of furniture creation.

For furniture owners, the benefits do not end with the environment. Reclaimed furniture is unique, beautiful and mysterious, with each piece telling a story through its scars, stains and marks.

Be sure to check out our full range of antique and reclaimed furniture  to add some character to your home or venue.