Interior Design Blog Post
Why Does Reclaimed Wood Furniture Cost that Bit Extra?
Reclaimed wood is the latest trend in interior design and home décor, which brings a feel of value and history to any home. This trend can be utilized in many different ways, including reclaimed wood flooring, furniture, wall art, cabinetry, and more. When choosing between reclaimed wood and the other options that are available to you, you may be faced with a dilemma, or you may just be looking for the answer to that inevitable question: Why does reclaimed wood cost more? Here are just a few valid reasons why you’ll likely have to pay just a bit extra for reclaimed wood.
Durability: Added Strength of Reclaimed Wood
Aside from a common belief for those who haven’t learned about it, reclaimed wood is actually physically stronger and much more durable than most other kinds of wood. Reclaimed wood has a unique origin, which stems from the harvesting of virgin growth timber. These types of forests were hundreds of years old, and were abundant during a time of lower air pollution and lesser human intervention, ultimately offering the added strength and durability found in reclaimed wood today.
Process: Reclaimed versus Virgin Lumber
Reclaimed wood is also said to be more expensive because of the process that is involved in reclaiming it from its previous use. There is much more work involved in sourcing the material to create reclaimed wood furniture and material for reclaimed wood flooring. The dealer must also sort and prepare the wood to be utilized for its next use, which often involves added measures that must be taken in order to ensure its safety for the consumer. The added nail pulling and additional processing and preparation work involved in reclaimed wood is often reflected in the price tag, which corresponds with the lesser work and lower price of virgin lumber.
Sustainability: A Critical Component
With the “green building” boom, sustainability suddenly becomes a critical component for builders and homeowners alike. In order to achieve the multitude of tax rebates and incentives now offered by many different governments across North America under the LEED certification, we now must be conscious of the types of materials we use in our homes and buildings and how sustainable they are. Reclaimed wood, now one of the most popular sustainable trends in interior design, is a large proponent to a sustainable home. With the growing culture of environmentally friendly products, lifestyles, and general awareness, the price of reclaimed wood is slightly higher due to the sustainability – and subsequent popularity – it offers.
The popularity or particular “trendiness” of an item or product is often enough to drive the price through the roof. When it comes to reclaimed wood in your home, however, this certainly isn’t the case. Aside from the valid reasons why reclaimed wood is more expensive, from its strength and durability, to its processing and sustainability, it also offers the benefit of its aesthetic. Aside from the beauty it brings to your home, understanding the origins of the wood, the process behind it, and its environmentally-friendly components will certainly help to justify the added costs of choosing reclaimed wood.