The Pros And Cons Of Recycled Wood Furniture
in Furniture by Dave
With more people becoming concerned with the impact that they are having on the environment and actively working to minimise this as much as possible, the idea of recycled furniture is becoming incredibly popular. Recycled wood furniture, in particular, is popular due to its aesthetic appeal and ability to be altered more in line with your décor or theme (from staining to painting). Not sure if this is the right choice for you? You’ve come to the right place!
In the lists below, we have taken a closer look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of recycled wood furniture:
- Environmentally Friendly
Reusing furniture helps to preserve our forests by reducing the need for virgin timber. Felling, transporting and process new lumbar has quite a significant impact on the environment, so avoiding such steps can go a long way to preventing the loss of our natural resources, over forestation and other environmental concerns.
- Unavailable Species
Some timber species are no longer able to used in the creation of furniture for one reason or another (from extinct to protected species). By recycling, you might have access to species that you would not otherwise be able to enjoy. Not only does this make the initial manufacture of the piece worthwhile, it gives you an interesting talking piece.
- Larger Planks
In the past, very old and mature trees were used. Today, the demand for timber often means that trees grown commercially are felled before they’ve had a chance to reach their full potential size. This results in smaller planks. Recycled furniture means that you can make the most of larger planks, which are more attractive and sturdier.
- Non-Uniform Appearance
Whilst some homeowners adore the non-uniform appearance of timber that has been weathered and aged, others prefer the finished look to be streamlined and smooth. The furniture may also bear scars and indentations from previous owners – again, some homeowners love this character, whereas others don’t.
- Can Be Expensive
Due to the popularity of recycled furniture, it can sometimes be more expensive than pieces made from virgin timber. This is crazy when you think about it, as the pieces are second hand, but some dealers have chosen to cash in on others trying to be environmentally friendly. If you have a strict budget, this may not be for you.
- Some Timbers are Weak
There are some who have also raised concerns regarding the weak provenance of some timbers. As the furniture is completely second hand, there is often no way to tell how it has been treated across its lifetime, which could result in premature wear or even the release of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your home.
By weighing up the various advantages and disadvantages that have been outlined above, we hope that you are better placed to determine whether recycled wood furniture is the right choice for you, or not. If you are trying to do your bit for the environment and minimise your carbon footprint, recycled furniture is one of the best choices you can make – reusing items that have already been created is always better than creating new ones.