A Guide To Choosing Sustainable Wood Furniture

Are you looking for sustainable wooden furniture?

When decorating one of your spaces, the furniture you choose will play a huge part in the aesthetics of your space.

More than this, your furniture can have a great impact on your health as well as the health of the environment.  

With modern sustainability movements growing, there has been an increase in innovative designs regarding furniture.  

This article will provide some tips on how to find your wood furniture that looks great, but more importantly, is sustainable.

#1:  Find Furniture Made Using Reclaimed Materials

Reclaimed wood refers to wood from houses, old furniture or other built items making it ready for some renovation. Flawed wood or scraps of wood from a factory can also be used.  

If wood is well cared for it can last for a very long time, notes electrical expert Paul Ferguson. He explains “for this reason, it makes sense for people to use all wood available. Many furniture designers agree that reclaimed wood can be used for a better purpose than merely sitting around once it’s been used once.” 

Many people look to logs that are at the bottom of rivers but have floated downstream to a sawmill for reclaimed materials. Believe it or not, wood found at the bottom of man-made reservoirs can also be used to create new items.

Regardless of where the reclaimed wood is found, the use of this material is eco-friendly and resource efficient.  

#2:  Find Certified Sustainable Wood

It doesn’t matter if the furniture is made using wood, metal, cloth, plastic or any other type of material, there are always eco-friendly options. 

A long time ago, when people living in caves realised that boulders were not the most comfortable type of seating, they chose to use wood as furniture. Wood as a furniture material has only grown since!

On top of this, practices of deforestation are not good for future generations or us at the moment. The primary function of trees is to provide oxygen by absorbing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  

Moreover, trees keep the surface of the planet cool and help avoid overheating, explains tree removal experts Cheaper Trees. They go on to say “trees also compress soil so it can remain rich, provide animals with a habitat, and are the basis of many people’s livelihoods. If we put this simply, trees are highly significant to everyone and everything.”

Fortunately, there are more sustainable methods of harvesting wood other than the traditional ‘chopping it down’. Wood from sustainably harvested tree farms, sustainably harvested forests and reclaimed wood are all environmentally friendly methods of gathering the material. 

#3:  Find Bamboo

In recent years, bamboo has gained popularity as one of the most eco-friendly and smart furniture options available.  

While trees require dozens of years to grow to a suitable size for reclaiming the wood, bamboo is a fast-growing material.  

Technically considered a type of grass, bamboo can reach between 18 and 47 inches in a single day. If you compare this speedy growth to the years of tree growth, it is obvious why it is the more convenient alternative.  

Bamboo also releases approximately 35% more oxygen than the typical forest tree. This material is also highly durable with more strength than mild steel.

#4:  Learn To Love Preloved Materials

The terms ‘pre-owned’ or ‘second-hand’ tend to have negative connotations. However, some wear and tear on furniture is not the same as a pre-owned car.  

By reviewing online retailers, garage sales and even flea markets, you can often discover all types of pre-owned furniture with a low-price tag. Of course, the furniture must be checked before making a purchase to ensure it is free of damage.  

Believe it or not, vintage furniture is often more durable than the newer items – especially, solid wood and dovetail joint options. You can also consider repurposed furniture. Some fresh paint and elbow grease can turn hand-me-down furniture into a long-term investment.

Searching for perfect pre-loved items, complete with some scratches, is not always an enjoyable experience; so, there are other ways of ‘going vintage’.  

Many furniture designers and makers breathe new life into reclaimed materials creating some beautiful pieces.  

Turning to old windows, doors, beams and sinker wood ensures the furniture is partially made without cutting down trees.