Reclaimed Wood: What Is It And Why Is It So Popular

Reclaimed wood is a hot trend in home design, and for a good reason. It's beautiful, unique, and has a story to tell. If you are considering reclaimed wood for your home or office, here's what you need to know.

What is reclaimed wood?

Reclaimed wood, sometimes referred to as 'barn wood,' is wood that has been used before and is no longer wanted or needed. It is carefully salvaged from old buildings, factories, and other structures, and is re-purposed in a new home or office.

Where does reclaimed wood come from?

Reclaimed wood comes from a variety of sources, including:

  • Buildings that are about to be demolished
  • Ships that have been decommissioned
  • Old barns
  • Abandoned factories
  • Gymnasium floors
  • Former roller skating rinks

How is the wood salvaged?

The process of salvaging wood is a delicate one. The wood is carefully removed from the structure, taking care not to damage it. Once removed, it is cleaned, sometimes sanded, and then ready to be used again. If the wood has interesting paint remaining, like an old advertising sign or the free throw line from a gym, care is taken to preserve that detail.

Reclaimed wood is also salvaged from creekbeds and lakes. This is called 'underwater logging.' In logging's heydey, some logs sunk to the bottom where the cold water preserved them until they could be successfully retrieved and used.

Why use reclaimed wood?

The reasons for using reclaimed wood are numerous. Here are just a few:

  • Beautiful. Reclaimed wood has a natural beauty that you just can't find in new lumber. Old-growth wood has patina and character that cannot be matched.
  • Durable. The reclaimed wood you use in your home or office has already withstood the test of time. In addition, reclaimed wood is often harder than new lumber, making it more resistant to dents and scratches.
  • Variety of applications. Reclaimed wood can be used for various applications, including flooring, paneling, trim, furniture, and more.
  • Character. Each piece of reclaimed wood is unique. It has its own story. Texture. The texture of reclaimed wood is often more interesting than new lumber. The wood may be weathered, have nail holes, and have other interesting textural features.  
  • Sustainable. You are using wood that has already been harvested, so you are not contributing to the deforestation of our planet, thereby reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Value. According to, "certain interior materials can add value to your home," including reclaimed wood.
  • Unique. When you use reclaimed wood, you will never have to worry about your home or office looking like anyone else's. Instead, the special character of the wood will make your space one-of-a-kind.

Contact a reputable dealer to get started if you are considering using this beautiful, sustainable material.