Reclaimed wood popularly known as antique wood or recycled wood is a lumber that’s been granted new life and is being used for a different purpose. This type of wood usually comes from old barns, boats, shipping crates, wine casks and other wooden structures that are no longer in use or have been demolished and is perfect to create your reclaimed wood wall feature.
Reclaimed wood comes in a variety of textures and sizes which means it’s easy to create your own special look and at the same time save some cash.
The use of reclaimed wood is not limited to floors only it can also be used in construction of walls to give your tiny home a unique appearance.
Some furniture makers and interior designers also look for salvaged wood from home projects. Reclaimed wood from barns, homes and commercial buildings, as well as reused items such as pallet are slowly entering the interior décor scene.
As design trends are slowly shifting to being more eco-friendly more home owners are favoring the use of reclaimed wood instead of virgin wood. They believe that this makes their homes more sustainable, efficient and more durable.
Below are the benefits of using reclaimed wood for your tiny home.
Using reclaimed wood for your tiny home wall saves the environment from cutting down more trees. Although trees are seen as a renewable source they are being cut faster than they can grow, this greatly affects forests. This recyclability factor of reclaimed wood is what makes it sustainable.
Compared to virgin wood, reclaimed wood is stronger. This attributes to the fact that reclaimed wood comes from old forests and the generations of trees we have today are not as strong as the old trees. That said reclaimed wood is harder it does not warp or shrink.
Reclaimed wood has a unique look to it. This is because you will never find two pieces that are exactly alike. Using it to make the walls of your tiny home will also make your home have a unique look. The history behind it also makes it unique in a way.
When buying reclaimed wood for your tiny home walls there are also a number of things to do before beginning construction:
Check for bugs
Ask your supplier if the wood has been treated in any way either chemically or by kiln drying. Kiln drying will kill any bugs in the wood and will also remove any moisture from the material. If you suspect your reclaimed wood has bugs you will need to treat it with some insecticide of your own. You don’t want critters invading the inside of your tiny home.
Stay away from damp and soggy wood. Wet wood attracts insects and it could also cause the wood to have mold. Using reclaimed wood that is wet and moldy is not healthy to use in your tiny home.
Finding the right blend of reclaimed wood will allow you to create a unique home that will perfectly fit your lifestyle and personality.