The term “environmentally friendly” has been used more in the past decade than perhaps ever before in history. As the issues related to the depletion of our natural resources, global warming, and pollution come to the forefront in the new millennium there are those in every industry that find a way to do their part to preserve this planet. Woodland Creek Furniture chooses to make eco furniture, our small contribution to the solution for problems that have in many areas reached epic proportions.
Eco furniture is environmentally friendly furniture that is made from reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood is wood that is gathered, not cut down. Most often it is taken from the piles made by the demolition of barns and farm houses, preserving the natural resources of our woodlands and forests. With it, we create all natural wood furniture that is taken to the next level, giving you the beauty that you’re looking for in your home without the negative consequences to the environment.
Each piece of reclaimed wood that we collect and bring back to our furniture gallery has a unique look and feel to it that can be used to create something significantly different from any other piece of furniture you may have purchased before. Combining different types of wood and then preserving them with a finish to enhance their natural beauty turns these already rare pieces into timeless classics. Our craftsmen are the very best wood working artists in the business and we do custom orders if you’d like to share some ideas of your own.
Eco furniture is also sometimes called organic furniture. Since it’s created from all natural wood, when the time comes for it to be discarded it can easily be reabsorbed into the eco system it was taken from. Unlike plastics and synthetic materials, wood is biodegradable. It will last for many generations inside or even outside of your home, and there is nothing to worry about when it finally does see the end of its usefulness to you. If you throw it away its safe for the environment and perhaps someone at that point will reclaim it like we did and create something new.
It would seem at first glance that the words rustic and contemporary don’t really belong together but in the case of the reclaimed wood furniture created by Woodland Creek Furniture each of these two words describes one aspect of the same piece of furniture. Rustic is a term generally used to describe something as old-fashioned whereas contemporary means belonging to the modern age, so how do these two terms go together with our furniture?
Our master craftsmen create furniture from reclaimed wood, in some cases wood that is a few hundred years old and taken from an old barn or farmhouse which was torn down. Wood is also considered timeless so the terms antique and modern can be used for most pieces interchangeably. Many of our pieces have an aged look to them but a modern twist in the design that makes them unique. We take the best of the old world and combine it with the new to provide you home furnishings you can put proudly on display when your friends, neighbors and business associates come to visit.
Rustic contemporary furniture can be a fine addition to your bedroom, living room, office, dining room, or kitchen. It gives your home a classic look with a unique feeling that visitors will have a hard time putting their finger on. You’ll find that many will try to classify our furniture as Colonial, Victorian, or Early American, when it is actually quite modern. The materials may be antiques but many of the designs are new. Take a look at some of our root designs and you’ll see some truly amazing new concepts.
The term rustic is also often associated with farmhouse living. Much of our farmhouse furniture is created with a rustic feel to it that is enhanced by the fact that we use reclaimed barnwood and wood taken from farm houses that have been taken down. This wood helps us to create environmentally friendly furniture that is timeless and classic. Your home can have that contemporary rustic look if you select some of these pieces and change your interior décor to match. Browse through our online gallery for some ideas and contact us if you need any help.
Take a look around your neighborhood and see if there are any structures still standing that you feel should be torn down. You probably view them as an eyesore, blight upon your community. Did you know that the wood they are made of can be used to create breathtakingly beautiful natural wood furniture? This wood is known as reclaimed wood and it’s the most environmentally friendly material you can make furniture with.
The woodlands and forests of the world are not vast enough to withstand the constant destruction they are now going through in the name of progress. Eventually, those resources will be depleted. Many of the governments in the world recognize this and have eliminated or restricted logging in certain preserved areas. Unfortunately, the companies and industries that devour these resources are not always as insightful on the subject and those natural resources continue to be destroyed.
Woodland Creek Furniture makes reclaimed wood furniture which does not require the destruction of any of our precious woodlands or forests. This wood comes from barns and farmhouses that have been torn down, deadwood, driftwood, and other woods harvested after they have already been used for construction or otherwise died a natural death of some kind. The combination of these woods when used for furniture construction creates the fine pieces you can see on our website or at our gallery.
Now that you’ve looked at the properties around you, take a look at the inside of your home. Is your furniture environmentally friendly? Is it made from all-natural materials which will break down completely if ever placed in a landfill? This is another important distinction for a piece of furniture being environmentally friendly. Not only are the materials and processes used in making it part of that description, but the way that the furniture will be destroyed at the end of its use is also a factor.
Furniture made with reclaimed wood is environmentally friendly furniture. The manufacturing process doesn’t use any materials that come from our natural forest lands or synthetic materials of any kind. At Woodland Creek Furniture we appreciate the beauty of natural wood and we make furniture that will give you that look without tapping any more of our natural resources.
The most expensive mattress in the world won’t help you sleep soundly if you mount it on a cheap bed frame. If you’re looking for something solid you might want to consider a rustic bedroom set made from reclaimed wood. You’ll know the minute you sit down on the edge of the bed that this is one type of bed frame that will never collapse on you. It settles firmly into the floor when you first place it in the room and it stays right where you put it until you decide to move it.
Beds that sag in the middle can cause major back problems over the course of time. You can change the box spring and mattress but if the supports underneath aren’t firm that won’t make any difference. A custom reclaimed wood bed frame from Woodland Creek Furniture has custom slats underneath designed to hold the weight of the mattress and your weight, along with your spouse’s or any of your children who decide to jump into bed with the two of you on Saturday morning.
Reclaimed wood furniture combines the antique look and feel of the old world with the contemporary styles of the new. The state of reclaimed wood when we receive it is sometimes so good that very little in the way of restoration is needed. A careful match with other pieces by our craftsmen is combined with some modern preservation and enhancement methods to create new styles that have a timeless look and feel to them.
The bed frame itself is not the only piece in the room so you’ll want natural wood furniture to match it when you select a bureau, armoire, or dressing table. Sets can be custom made to match, down to the smallest detail. If you come to the gallery and share your ideas our craftsmen can create something that fits you physically, aesthetically and spiritually. Only natural wood can give you that combination.
Are you sleeping soundly at night now? If you’re not, new furniture may help. There may be other factors involved also but a solid reclaimed wood bedroom set from Woodland Creek Furniture will definitely help to eliminate any physical discomfort you might have. Once you’ve done that and are able to sleep comfortably again you can start looking at our other natural wood furniture options for the living room and kitchen.
Take something old, make it into something new, and yet manage to preserve that antique look. That is what the master wood crafters at Woodland Creek Furniture do when they manufacture furniture using old barnwood or farm wood which has been gathered after a structural demolition. The wood could be dozens or perhaps hundreds of years old, but it will shine like new when it comes out of our shop, with that rustic feeling that will have your guests asking if it’s a genuine antique.
Barnwood furniture has come to be known as rustic contemporary furniture because of the combination of old and new that is unique to this type of style. The wood is almost always antique. Barns aren’t generally torn down until they have put in a few decades of service, usually over a century. The same can be said of farmhouses. The older the structure is, the better the wood will be for use in furniture making. In the early days of barn building they didn’t use the toxic chemicals on wood that they use now.
The way that these pieces of wood that make up reclaimed wood furniture are put together now will not be the same as when they were assembled as part of a barn or farmhouse. The way that they fit together and blend with other wood will be determined by the craftsmen who will be paying attention to what the wood itself has to offer. This symbiotic relationship between furniture and creator is what ensures that each piece of furniture made by Woodland Creek will be an individual masterpiece.
Living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchens and offices can all take on a new life with natural wood furniture. It’s not just the way that it looks. It’s a feeling that wood brings into a home, a clean and alive type of ambiance that you don’t get with any other type of furniture. Choosing reclaimed wood furniture also adds a sense of antiquity to the motif which will make your neighbors and friends envious when they visit. Have no fears though. You can tell them where to find us and we can do the same for their home.