So, What Exactly is Reclaimed Wood?

When it comes to homes and interior design, there is an entire world of knowledge and trends to understand. If you’ve been keeping up to date with interior design news, you’ve certainly heard about the reclaimed wood trend when it comes to interior cabinetry, flooring, and furniture. But what exactly is reclaimed wood, and why should we make it a part of our homes? Here’s what you need to know about reclaimed wood and why it should play a role in your next interior design renovation.

Reclaimed Wood Demystified

Reclaimed wood is any kind of wood or lumber that has a long history of use and that has been retrieved and restored for a new purpose. The wood undergoes a restoration process in order for it to be deemed “reclaimed” and therefore utilized for a different use, typically for decorating homes and sometimes for home building.

Virgin Timber: Strength of Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood usually comes from the timber that was once used in factories, barns and warehouses, and is often converted for uses such as home siding, house cabinetry, furniture construction, and wood flooring. EcoChic has an even more interesting source for reclaimed wood: retired tropical fishing boats. The marine-grade teak is perfect for indoor and outdoor use.

In recent years, reclaimed wood has become a very popular construction and interior design feature – largely because of its unique appearance and durability. The significant strength of reclaimed wood in comparison to regular wood can be attributed to the fact that the wood was originally harvested from virgin timber, which is thicker than typical timber. The lumber has spent ample time exposed to the elements and, after multiple expansions and contractions, has settled into a stable form. Reclaimed wood also tends to be very dry, which means it is less likely to warp or crack relative to newer lumber. Because of these properties, as well as the declining quality of new wood that was available, a new industry emerged in this sector in the 1980s: the reclaimed wood industry.

Sustainability Behind the Reclaiming

Reclaimed wood remains a popular and in-demand industry today, as well as a growing trend in home décor, and is largely encouraged because of its environmentally-friendly and green measures. LEED, the Green Building Rating System, has long supported the use of reclaimed wood in establishing a “green” building and therefore achieving LEED project certification. Since reclaimed wood is considered material that is used more than once, many builders and homeowners alike are partaking in environmentally friendly and sustainable measures by including reclaimed wood in their projects and homes.

Reclaimed wood is an emerging trend that will allow you to create a fashionable home that incorporates historic elegance into its design. Using reclaimed wood in your furniture and flooring is an environmentally ethical choice that looks great. Incorporate reclaimed wood into your next interior design project and become part of a movement that is changing the face of furniture.

Explore our colorful reclaimed wood collections and welcome home your favorites!

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.