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The word rustic carries with it several connotations. It may evoke thoughts of rich log cabins or a shabby chic country home. Whatever the case, it can be agreed that rustic apartment furniture are pieces with character, items that can almost tell a story all on their own. They’re a great way to add a level of depth and warmth to a living space that can be difficult to achieve with cold, modern tables and chairs.

Rustic Salvaged Wood

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Old Barn reclaimed wood

Barns were everywhere in the 1900s. Back then they were made mostly of timber and other types of wood, whereas today, modern barns are generally made of steel. That old aesthetic of the worn wooden barn exudes a wonderfully rustic southern charm. In many ways it is sad that old barns that once stood high and mighty are now on the verge of crumbling down. Some wood used in these aging buildings is so sturdy, however, that they are still in usable condition even after a hundred years.

That is how a few creative minds discovered a new use for wood used to build these old barns. They are allowing these relics of American farming history to live on through beautiful pieces of furniture made from the wood salvaged from these historic buildings.

Reclaimed wood has that distinct look that makes reclaimed furniture so desirable in contemporary design. Reclaimed wood can be made into bed frames, dining room tables and chairs. Designers also use the wood to add character to new homes.

Those fortunate enough to own property housing an old barn that is no longer used, you could make extra money by reclaiming the timber and selling it to reclaimed furniture manufacturers. Even better, if you have the skills, you can build reclaimed furniture from the wood and sell them or use them yourself. So how does one “reclaim” the wood from an old barn?

As daunting as it may seem, reclaiming wood is relatively easy and doable. Just following these

1. Consider the framework and build of the barn. Make notes on what parts can still be used and what can’t be salvaged. Also, observe for possible danger zones. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

2. A crowbar is your best friend, in this case. Use it to pry wooden planks, wallboards and
the flooring off the structure. Be careful not to damage the planks when you pry them off.
Even a small splinter can make or break the reclaimed wood.

3. Remove rusty nails and old screws from the planks using a hammer or your crowbar.

4. Clean them by first brushing the dust off then by washing them with a pressure
washer, which will effectively loosen all the hidden dirt accumulated all those years.

5. Leave the wood to dry under the sun. This may take several days.

6. Get creative! You are now ready to transform the old lumber into something wonderful.
Use varnish to enhance and protect the wood of your reclaimed furniture.

recycled wood desk

Here are Furniture Home Design, we are having a love affair with reclaimed rail ties! The wood that has been reclaimed from old rail road ties is not only worn beautifully, it is a part of history! And, with the modern rustic look becoming more popular in interior design every year, we are very happy to be seeing this recycled material being used in a number of different kinds of furniture and decor pieces.

This gorgeous desk comes from India, where reclaimed railroad ties are expertly milled to a semi-smooth finish and waxed for a tough and low lustre. The desk’s base is a square bar that has been left in its natural steel color and then clear coated. This rustic desk comes with four shelves so you’ll have lots of extra space for your home office needs.

For more great rustic modern furniture design ideas, take a look at our store, where we feature a ton of great options for your home or office.


We came across this amazing piece of furniture while scanning the pages of Uncommon Goods, a website which has hundreds of great gift ideas for everyone on your list, regardless of their taste, or your budget.

Naturally, we love when things (like furniture) are made from recycled materials, so when we saw this fabulous shelving cabinet that’s made from a gorgeous old wine barrel – we knew we had to give it a shout out!

Handmade in Georgia, this recycled wooden cabinet has a handy inner storage shelf, as well as (and you entertainers will love this) a removable maple serving tray and casters. The recycled white oak wine barrels usually just end up in the landfill, but they’ve certainly found their second calling as a piece of eco-friendly furniture in your home.

reclaimed dining room table

When you start to make the move towards an eco-friendly house, you want to choose products that are built with our planet’s well-being in mind. This means you want to choose furniture and decorative items that are recycled, reclaimed, or made from sustainable materials that have been responsibly harvested. Luckily for you, there are now more companies than ever than strive to design and build these kinds of pieces for your home.

The dining room is a great place to start when going eco-friendly in design choices. Take for example this incredible Drop dining table from Structured Green. It’s called the Drop table, because the wood that is used to make it comes from the extra discarded wood pieces that are “dropped” on the floor of the shop! Gorgeous wood like mahogany, cypress and bamboo, are all used together to create this eye-catching table.

Roost is another company that makes amazing furniture from older wood, like this reclaimed wood dining room table, which is made from railroad ties from India. They’ve added some simple steel legs, and created a simple, amazing, and eco-friendly solution for your dining room.


Rustic furniture and decor is becoming trendy again, and recycling the wood used to make old barns is an eco-friendly way to use existing resources. Old barns are made up of hand hewn beams, barn boards and wood that still has the patina and character that comes from many years of use and withstanding the elements of nature.

A lot of this vintage barn wood comes from original stands of old growth forests, so to recycle it into barn wood flooring, timber frame homes, post and beam construction projects, open ceiling beams, and exposed wood beams, is to do a great service to the planet.

Rustic barnwood furniture is made by expert craftsmen from reclaimed barn wood boards and beams. This material can be made into antique barn wood farm tables, bookshelves, outdoor benches, and rustic log furniture.

Barn wood farm house tables are built from old barnwood boards, reclaimed oak, pine, elm, walnut, hickory, cherry, chestnut, and maple – and have that natural weathering and look that only time can provide.

Shasta Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

shasta coffee table

From Pottery Barn’s eco-friendly collection comes this wonderful Shasta Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table. Reclaimed wood has a depth of character that can’t be replicated, with each whorl, knot and groove providing beautiful evidence of its past. They used reclaimed teak wood from old buildings to craft the top of this dramatic coffee table. Its square legs, crafted of Indian rosewood, rest on visible battens. The reclaimed wood slabs on top form a rough-hewn patchwork, making each table completely unique.

Antique Barn Wood Flooring

antique barn wood floor

Reclaimed barn wood flooring has been taken and recycled using wood from old barns. The look of a reclaimed floor is the natural result of a couple hundred years (in some cases – wood must be at least 100 years old to be called antique) of weathering. Reclaimed and recycled hardwood floors are excellent and beautiful sustainable elements that can add the authentic rustic character to your home.

Antique barn wood flooring usually comes from the more common reclaimed species in the mid-Atlantic/Northeastern U.S. such as Antique Oak, Antique White Pine, Antique Yellow Pine and Antique Maple, and from some of the rarer reclaimed woods like Antique American Chestnut, Antique Hickory and Antique Heartpine.

What Is Mushroom Wood?

mushroom wood

Mushroom wood is growing in popularity among people looking for unique wood solutions for their home. Mushroom wood is generally cut from Cypress or Hemlock trees, and then salvaged from commercial growing mushroom farms. Most of these farms are in western New York and Pennsylvania. Mushroom wood is quite simply put, the wood used as the shelving for mushroom beds.

After every mushroom batch is fully harvested, the rooms and shelving are sterilized with steam. The preparation, growing and harvesting cycle takes about 16 weeks and is then repeated. During the growing process, the mushrooms produce an enzyme that fuses with the soft portion of the wood, leaving the material as if it had naturally weathered. The result of this is a richly textured wood with a lovely honey-brown color.

Mushroom wood makes excellent flooring and siding, and is often used as it is a reclaimed wood product.

Structured Green Drop Table

structured green drop table

Structured Green are an amazing company who prides themselves on using quality materials that are sustainably produced, certified or reclaimed, recycled or recyclable. The “Drop” table is Structured Green’s baby, the piece that defines their vision. Discarded “drops” from the woodworking floor are put together to create a unified, slick, utilitarian and drop dead gorgeous table. Tables are built with local river recovery cypress, the deep red of reclaimed mahogany and reclaimed bamboo. Always made from either certified or reclaimed woods. Finished in raw, food-grade tung oil and beeswax.