Why Does Reclaimed Wood Furniture Cost That Bit Extra?

Reclaimed wood is an emerging interior design and home décor trend that can lend a sense of historicity and culture to any home. It’s possible to make use of reclaimed wood in a variety of home décor projects, including wood flooring, furniture, wall art, cabinetry and more.

One of the most popular trends in interior design today is reclaimed wood furniture. If you’re considering reclaimed wood furniture for your home, you might be wondering why reclaimed wood furniture costs more than other kinds of furniture. Here are just a few reasons why reclaimed wood furniture is a slightly more expensive option – and why this kind of wood is worth the added expense.

Durability: Added Strength of Reclaimed Wood

Contrary to common belief, reclaimed wood is far stronger and more durable than most other kinds of wood. Reclaimed wood is manufactured using virgin timber, a unique kind of timber that comes from an uncultivated forest. These ancient forests were abundant in centuries prior to the Industrial Revolution, a time when there was far less air pollution. This reclaimed wood also had several hundred years to grow before it was harvested, which has given it ample time to settle and become more durable. This added durability makes reclaimed wood a superior product in comparison to traditional lumber, and therefore, it is more valuable than typical wood.

Process: Reclaimed Versus Conventional 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 purpose, which often involves added measures that must be taken in order to ensure it is safe for the consumer to use. The additional processing and preparation work involved in reclaimed wood is often reflected in the price tag.

Sustainability: A Critical Component

With the “green building” boom, sustainability has become a critical component for builders and homeowners alike. In order to access 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 major component of a sustainable home. With the growing culture of environmentally friendly products, lifestyles and homes, the price of reclaimed wood is slightly higher due to the renewed interest it has received.

Simple economics works on supply and demand. The popularity or particular “trendiness” of an item or product is often enough to cause a price increase. Given the added strength, sustainability and aesthetic benefits that reclaimed wood offers, it’s not difficult to understand why it is a popular item. Although reclaimed wood is slightly more expensive than conventional lumber, the various benefits it offers certainly justify the cost – especially if it adds an unparalleled beauty to your home.

The quality and originality of EcoChic pieces shines through. Why not find that special one to welcome home today?

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.