There is an increasing love for reclaimed wooden furniture in the UK, and it is not hard to see why. Much of it has a character totally unsurpassed by any other style or type of furniture. If you are looking for a piece of furniture that is striking in many ways, reclaimed wooden furniture could tick all the boxes for you.
Here we delve into the area of reclaimed wood, so you can find out more about it.
Where does the wood come from that is used in this furniture?
We’re all familiar with the idea of recycling things instead of letting them rot (or not, as the case may be) in landfill. Reclaiming wood is just another part of recycling.
The wood can come from all kinds of places. It can be sourced in different countries, for example, or in different locations in your local area. Sometimes old buildings will be torn down and rebuilt, and the wood included in their original construction will be reused in the new build. In other situations, that wood could be claimed by someone else, who requests to buy it from the owner of the property being demolished.
As you can imagine, larger companies that regularly make reclaimed wooden furniture and other products need a continuous source of reclaimed wood to help them achieve their goals. They may import it from other countries in order to allow them to access larger supplies.
Plenty of products can be used in this way. Old shipping crates, pallets, wooden door frames, railway sleepers and even old wooden boats… all these things could be sources of reclaimed wood for those who use them.
How is the wood reused?
Often the wood will be inspected, sanded down and then cut into the required shapes or pieces for a particular piece of furniture. It takes a professional and skilled eye to pick the pieces of wood that will look most appealing together when constructing a piece of furniture of this type.
Once the unit is complete, the wood will be given a protective coat of resilient lacquer. This is clear to ensure the beauty and age of the wood shines through, even when incorporated into a brand new piece of furniture.
Why buy reclaimed wooden furniture?
You may well ask this question, and there are a couple of reasons why you might do so. Firstly, it is good to know the furniture you are buying has used recycled wood in some way. This is wood that has already been used elsewhere – perhaps in another country. It has been salvaged, reclaimed and repurposed into something entirely new. The history that comes with it ensures you are getting something new that also has a past to share.
Secondly, you are investing in something that has real character. Even though other people can buy the same piece of furniture you are going to buy, theirs will be different to yours. This is because no two pieces of reclaimed wood will ever look identical. The craftspeople who make the furniture will go to great lengths to choose the nicest complementary pieces to go together to make each individual piece.
If you would like to view an entire range of furniture made from reclaimed wood, look no further than the Manhattan range. This features many stunning items, any of which could completely transform your home. All the wood used in the range dates back at least five decades, and sometimes as far back as 150 years. It was salvaged from buildings in Southern India, and has been given new life in this beautiful range of furniture.
Take a look at the medium mirror in this range, for example. Since every piece is finished by hand, no two mirrors will ever look the same. This applies to every other item in the Manhattan range, too. The colouring of the wood will be different in each case, making your mirror totally unique.
It can still be complemented by other items in the range though, like the Manhattan square coffee table. Imagine welcoming friends round for coffee and treating them to the sight of this stunning table. The lower shelf is handy for storing magazines and books and TV remotes, while the top can remain free for coffees, fruit and perhaps some biscuits. The style and appeal of the piece is easy to see, and of course, that protective coat of lacquer will ensure it remains looking good for a long time to come.
Is it time you invested in something different?
It could be. Would your home benefit from furniture that has been designed to have one foot in the past and one in the present? That is what you will get when you invest in our Manhattan furniture range.