A lot of furniture manufacturers claim to offer antique barnwood items. However, you might be surprised to learn that some of it is likely to be faux reclaimed timber; but, those manufacturers might not even really understand what it means to source and use such a precious material.
We love antique barnwood and have taken our time to not only put quality measures in place for our timber! We do this to make it very clear when we are emulating the gorgeousness of it! In order to give our customers the look for less. There’s no pulling the wool over a Woodland Creek Furniture customer; but just so you really know what you’re looking for! Come with us now as we give you the full lowdown on this extraordinary material.
What is antique barnwood?
In simple terms, antique barnwood is wood that has been reclaimed from historic barn buildings throughout the US. At Woodland Creek, we only use timber that has been in place for a minimum of 100 years! This is to guarantee that enough history and strength has been decanted into every fiber.
The wood is usually reclaimed in the form of cladding, floorboards, planks and beams and will be aesthetically rustic! This is thanks to years of weather exposure, general use and even animal damage (which is superficial only).
What can antique barnwood be used for?
Everything and anything. As long as the timber is good and strong, you can make just about anything from it. We’ve made beds, dining tables, coffee tables and much more for our discerning clients. Some people even add it to new homes in the form of visible roof beams, to add some faux heritage.
Why is it so popular?
Simply because it looks so beautiful. Having a piece of furniture in your home that is literally made from a piece of US history will never not be an absolute flex! Furthermore, there’s another point too. Genuine antique barnwood is expensive, frequently prohibitively so, which makes having some even more of a bucket list dream.
Why is antique barnwood expensive?
Because of the costs associated with sourcing it. Demolishing a dilapidated barn is no mean feat, plus selecting the best timber, shipping it and then working with it to make tactile, usable pieces of furniture? That all takes time, expertise and of course, money. These processing costs have to be passed on to the customer, though we always strive to keep prices low.
Is there an alternative?
When crafted well, faux antique barnwood can be almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Even we have had to look more than once at some of our replica pieces, because they are so realistic. We take fresh timber and give it our special patina, resulting in ‘saw marks’, insect tracks and more. It looks amazing and would definitely fool most people; but, we are careful to be transparent about the fact that we have faux aged it.
So there you have it, one of the most popular wood furniture trends explained. Are you on the lookout for a piece of antique barnwood furniture for your home now?