If you are looking for ways to revamp your home or office space this year but want to keep things eco-friendly, then recycling old furniture is a great way to start.
There are definite advantages to using recycled furniture both in the home and the office, and not just because it is far better for the environment.
Furnishing your office space
If you are a small business or self-employed the costs of outfitting your home office can feel astronomical. You may work from the kitchen table for as long as you can, but this is not ideal.
Having a dedicated space, even if that’s tucked away in the corner of one room, means you have a defined separation between work and home life – and you don’t have to tidy up every night for the evening meal. Plus, the benefits of a proper office chair and desk on your posture, backache and concentration should not be underestimated.
A lot of large organisations update and replace their office furniture far before it has reached the end of its life – which means you can pick up second-hand desks, lumbar supporting chairs and storage at great prices.
If you do have a separate office you’ll also be able to find office furniture that matches, giving your space a uniform and professional appearance.
Renovating your home
When you are looking for home furnishings, it’s easy to get side-tracked by the well-known superstore giants on retail parks across the country. But there are some benefits to spending a little time looking at the vintage and antique shops closer to home.
Older furniture tends to be made of solid wood – sturdy and longer-lasting – whereas mass-produced items today are more likely to be made of chipboard. It may be flat packed and easier to get up the staircase, but you still have to put it all together.
Vintage and antique furniture (the definition of which depends on the age of the item) will also have a more individual style, especially if it’s handcrafted. No two pieces are alike, so you’ll be able to create a unique style for your home.
Although you may assume that mass-produced furniture is automatically cheaper, you can get some fantastic bargains from local vintage stores. You may even find something really valuable in your local antique shop at a bargain price. And if you enjoy the thrill of the hunt, buying at auction can add an element of extra fun to your day.
Personalising your furniture and your home
If you are the crafty type you can completely personalise your furniture as well. Reupholster a chair with some new fabric, paint bookshelves to match your home, or create lamps from old cameras – we’ve seen plenty of fantastic ways you can recycle and repurpose old furniture and items that add your style to your home.
Shoreditch is full of vintage and antique shops, just a stroll away. If you are planning on revamping your home in 2020, and want to take a more eco-friendly approach, it’s well worth taking a look at your local high street to get some ideas.