5 Great Reasons To Love Reclaimed Wood Furniture

As the reuse/recycle trend keeps becoming more popular, we’re starting to see reclaimed wood furniture talked about more and more often. Whether it’s DIY patio furniture made from wood pallets or a beautiful table crafted from old barn siding, reclaimed wood is quite popular today.

But why? What is it about reclaimed wood that makes it such a good choice for furniture like the customized tables we offer here at Rustic+Modern? Keep reading to discover five great reasons to love using reclaimed wood furniture in all your decorating projects.

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It Has Character

All custom wood furniture can add character to a room, but there’s something extra special about wood with a history. Imagine sitting down for dinner at a table made from wood older than you (or perhaps even your parents)! Reclaimed wood is also evidence that objects can become more beautiful as they grow older and become marked by the passage of time.

It’s Safe, High-Quality Wood

There are cases where reclaimed wood isn’t safe to use because of insect infestation, chemical contamination, or decay. But if you’re buying from a reliable source, reclaimed wood is perfectly safe. In fact, it can be higher quality than new wood because older woods often came from old-growth trees. For example, most of the reclaimed wood we use is longleaf pine that’s 100+ years old. It’s also called “Heartpine” because of its large heart center with minimal surrounding sapwood. This heart section is very dense and is unrivaled in beauty, strength, and durability.

To learn more about reclaimed wood, check out our article “4 Questions and Answers about Reclaimed Wood Tables.”

It’s Environmentally Friendly

Using reclaimed wood lets us cut back on the demand for new trees being harvested. It’s also a much more eco-friendly alternative to putting wood that’s been used before in a landfill or burning it. And when you use local wood, you’re not burning lots of fossil fuels during transportation. Rustic+Modern’s reclaimed wood is harvested locally, and it does qualify as environmentally friendly.

It Stood The Test of Time

Reclaimed wood furniture comes to you with a history. The wood used to build this furniture used to be part of a home, barn, or other structure. It’s durable wood that has already stood the test of time. That doesn’t mean it’s indestructible, but it’s pretty easy to take care of reclaimed wood so it will last for many years to come.

For more information, check out our article “How To Care For Reclaimed Wood Furniture.”

It’ll Start Conversations

Since reclaimed wood furniture is so unique and eye-catching, there’s a good chance guests visiting your home are going to comment on it. They may even ask where they can get something just like it. You’ll have to tell them it won’t be just like yours since each piece is unique, but you can spread the love for reclaimed furniture. Just get in touch with us here at Rustic+Modern to order a reclaimed wood furniture piece for yourself, or if you’ve already got one you can pass our information on to that friend who’s admiring your furniture.

How To Care For Reclaimed Wood Furniture

Reclaimed wood furniture comes to you with a history. The wood used to build this furniture used to be part of a home, barn, or other structure. It’s durable wood that has already stood the test of time. But that doesn’t mean it’s indestructible. Here are a few tips for keeping your reclaimed wood furniture in top condition.

reclaimed-wood-pedestal-farmhouse-table-dallas-texas-750x450Protect From Sunlight

One of the best things you can do for reclaimed wood furniture is put it in a safe location. Too much direct sunlight can cause discoloration, warping, and other wood damage. If the furniture is in a room with windows, use curtains to keep UV rays from damaging the surface.

Stabilize Temperatures

Keep the temperature as stable as possible and don’t place the furniture near a heating or cooling vent. Quick temperature changes can cause wood to shrink, split, dry-out, and swell. Also, make sure there’s always a hot pad on the table before you place a hot item there.

Guard Against Moisture

Keep moisture rings off your furniture by using coasters to protect the surface. Another important thing to consider with moisture damage is humidity. Homes often dry-out in the winter, so it’s a good idea to run a humidifier to keep the wood from getting too dry. And if the furniture is in a damp room, like some basements, consider purchasing a dehumidifier.

Clean Regularly

Like all solid-wood furniture, regular cleaning helps keep reclaimed wood from looking dull, getting scratched, and other damage. Dust furniture a least once a week with a soft, lint-free cloth that’s slightly damp. Cotton or microfiber clothes work well. You can even recycle an old cotton tee-shirt as a dusting cloth.

Avoid Harsh Cleaners

Never use harsh chemicals to clean your reclaimed wood. You’ll even want to avoid most wood-cleaners, especial if they’re silicone- or ammonia-based. Instead, invest in a high-quality wax-based furniture polish designed for solid wood. We recommend using Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner about once a month, depending on how much you use the furniture.

Start With Quality

When you’re purchasing reclaimed wood furniture, make sure that it comes from a reputable source. If you get poor-quality wood or wood that wasn’t treated properly, no amount of up-keep will improve it. Here at Rustic + Modern, we typically use 100+ year-old long leaf pine that we source from many different deconstructed buildings in north-central Texas. Other reclaimed wood options are also available upon request. We guarantee that our reclaimed woods are just as high-quality and long-lasting as the newer woods we use.

Authentic Reclaimed Wood and Live-Edge Tables For Interior Design

When you’re searching for furniture to use in upcoming design projects, you only want the best for your clients. It can’t just look good. It also has to be the best quality at a competitive price with stand-out features that match your interior design style.

Reclaimed wood and live-edge tables and desks are a hot trend in solid wood furniture right now. And that means there are more and more options on the market for purchasing live-edge designs and reclaimed wood furniture. But not all solid wood furniture is created equal and you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the best quality for your clients.

Form and Function

Solid wood isn’t just pretty. It’s a durable option for furniture in the private and corporate setting. With a little care, solid wood furniture can last for so many years. A family table becomes a beloved heirloom. Or an impressive office desk may become a fixture in the CEO’s office for the life of the company.

When your clients want long-lasting furniture that’s clearly well-made, solid wood is the way to go. Few furniture styles speak to elegance and quality better than a solid wood desk or conference table. And here at Rustic+Modern, we’re committed to making sure you and your clients receive the best piece of furniture you can possibly get.

Innovative Design

At Rustic+Modern, we offer live-edge and reclaimed wood furniture done right. We don’t take shortcuts or skip over important details. Whether natural or hand-carved, our live-edge designs are just as sturdy as our more traditional furniture options. And they’re available with the same innovative blend of rustic wood and modern metal as our other furniture.

Wood is a renewable resource, which makes even our new wood pieces a green product. Using reclaimed wood takes this a step further by making something old new again. And we’re very careful about the reclaimed wood we use. You won’t find damaged or poorly handled reclaimed wood in our furniture. Only good, sturdy, properly treated woods.

Custom Aesthetics

Customization is one of the biggest advantages you get with Rustic+Modern. We’re not just mass-producing standard tables and desks. We customize every furniture piece to fit your style and your client’s needs. Even our standard styles are available with custom choices for wood type (including reclaimed wood), different finishes, and options like hand-carved live-edge.

We also customize to your specifications for width, length, height, and table thickness. And if you have something other than a standard table or desk in mind, get in touch with us. We’re happy to work with architects and interior designers to customize a design to fit your specific project.

4 Questions and Answers About Reclaimed Wood Tables

Reclaimed wood tables are becoming more popular as the reuse/recycle trend spills over into the furniture industry. You’ll see reclaimed or salvaged wood furniture promoted in stores and DIY projects, such as building bed frames out of old wood pallets, all over the internet.

Here at Rustic + Modern, we offer reclaimed wood as an option when you’re ordering a customized table. But how, exactly, do we define reclaimed wood and does it work as well as other woods for making tables? Keep reading for answers.

reclaimed-wood-tabletop-friscoWhat Is Reclaimed Wood?

Simply put, the term “reclaimed wood” refers to wood that was used for one purpose and is now used for something else. Reclaimed wood can come from a variety of sources, including everything from railway ties to wine barrels.

Here at Rustic + Modern, we typically use 100+ year old long leaf pine that we source from many deconstructed homes, barns and buildings in north central Texas. Other reclaimed wood options are also available upon request.

Is Reclaimed Wood Safe?

It depends. Using reclaimed wood from old pallets, railway ties, or buildings with an unknown history can result in wood that contains things you don’t want in your home. If you search for information about reclaimed wood, you’ll find warnings about insect infestations, unknown chemical wood treatments, and other potential dangers.

For a table made from reclaimed wood to be safe, the people working with the wood need to know its history and how to treat it. We’re familiar with where our wood comes from and are careful to offer reclaimed wood furniture that’s just as safe as the tables made from new woods.

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Are These Woods Environmentally Friendly?

Recycling is good for the environment. By using reclaimed wood, we can give new life to old woods and cut back on the demand for new trees being harvested. Reclaiming wood is much better than putting it in a landfill or simply burning it.

It’s rare that reclaiming wood has a negative impact on the environment. The only time reclaimed wood isn’t environmentally friendly is when the reclamation process eats up large amounts of fossil fuels. That can happen when reclaiming expensive, exotic woods and then shipping them thousands of miles before they’re processed. Our reclaimed wood is harvested locally, however, and it does qualify as environmentally friendly.

Is The Quality Good?

The quality of reclaimed wood varies. Some mass-market dealers will sell “reclaimed” wood furniture that is poor quality or isn’t really reclaimed at all. But if you’re buying from a reliable source, reclaimed wood can be even stronger than virgin wood. This is because the older woods often came from old-growth trees.

Most of our reclaimed wood is 100+ year old long leaf pine. This wood is vastly different than the pine you will find at your local home improvement store. Some also call it “Heartpine” because of its large heart center with minimal surrounding sapwood. This heart section is very dense and is unrivaled in beauty, strength, and durability.

We can use reclaimed woods in a variety of tables, so check out our different styles to see what’s available. For more information or to request a quote, call (469) 347-2484 or send us a message.