Hickory-Butcher-Block-reclaimed furniture

A company in Chicago called Reclaimed Table is creating some beautiful pieces, all using reclaimed and FSC certified wood. They even were sure to use low-VOC finishes and formaldehyde-free Baltic birch plywood. As a nod to a more sustainable history of furniture making, they have even tried to go old-school with the way they make furniture, using equipment like a wood planer from the Smithsonian.

Subfloor hickory and wood reclaimed from an abandoned school gym, paneling from a Kentucky farm, tables made from the barnwood and other sources of reclaimed materials make up the bulk of their furniture pieces.

Check out their website here.

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Reshtki Reclaimed Furniture

reshtki bench and table

Based in Poland and started by Sara Podwysocka and Maria Ostrowska, Reshtki is a design studio that prides itself on creating beautifully designed, eco-friendly furniture from discarded materials . Using things like old traction poles, wood fragments, and used PCV pipe, the designers created innovative tables and seating solutions.

According to their website, they “are particularly interested in working in public spaces – interfering it, reading it needs and changing. In 2013 we have built first in Poland recycled playground „O-O Pony” – all made of tyres and euro-pallets.”

Check out these pieces that were created for a neighbourhood park in Gdańsk.

reshtki bench and table

reshtki recycled bench

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Reclaimed Railyard Ping Pong Table


We saw this piece recently while searching for innovative pieces created using old railroad ties, and had to share it with you. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous in the most industrial way, it’s using reclaimed wood and materials, which we love over here.


How about some history? The company that produces these table is called Railyard Studios, and they are committed to functional, beautiful design using, you guessed it, railyard materials. For this amazing table tennis set, they have used side rails which came from the Tennessee Coal & Iron Company, and were produced in 1904.

The hefty base of the ping pong table is made from gorgeous oak and hickory timbers, which came from the very same plant that those rails came from. The table has received a very cool finishing touch with an actual railroad date nail from 1921. Naturally, your ping pong table will come with all the ping pong trimmings, including net, paddles and ping pong balls.


Rustic Dresser

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.