Sustainable Decor: Why Vintage Furniture is Sustainable

Updated August 19, 2019
Ryan Hanson
Ryan Hanson

Designing and building a new home is often stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s where Ryan comes in, who is the Partner and Co-owner of S9. Ryan manges the day-to-day operations of the build, and ensures that our clients are satisfied through regular updates and budget reviews. At S9, the client always comes first and Ryan makes sure that they are involved in the building process and aware of how the project is going at all times.

In a generation run by IKEA and other huge furniture companies, we see less and less sustainable decor. Reusing vintage furniture and passing it on to younger family members is a great way to help the environment while also saving money.

Furniture at big box stores and other retailers are not cheap, so making use of old furniture not only saves you money, but it plays a significant role in preserving our ecosystem as well.

Save The Environment

We’ve all heard of the phrase, reduce, reuse, recycle, right? These are the three steps everyone should consider when furnishing their home. Have you ever been to someone’s house where you could barely walk through it because it’s packed to the ceiling with furniture, knick-knacks, and other things purchased from home shopping networks and other home furnishing stores?

Reduce

Minimalistic design is growing in popularity so you might want to think about reducing the amount of furnishings in your home. Less stuff equals less garbage in our landfills.

Look at your home and all the things you plan to buy and focus on sustainable decor. Purchasing unique statement pieces from an estate sale or vintage store gives a unique quality to your home as well as a fun story to share with guests.  Even if some items need a little work, some scraping, sanding, and staining can bring most vintage furniture back to life.

Reuse

Now let’s focus on the reuse part of the plan. What about the furniture you already have in your home? If you’re planning on purchasing some new furniture and you’re unsure about what to do with the old stuff, find a way to reuse it; don’t throw it away.

Handing down vintage furniture to someone else is a great way to protect the environment while also giving someone a great deal on something that might look great in their home.

Remember, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. See if anyone in your family or any of your friends have a use for the furniture.

Recycle

If all else fails, you can always try selling the furniture to someone. There are millions of people who will buy anything for the right price. If you can afford it and you’d be happy to get rid of it, throw it on Craigslist for free. You could also put your furniture on the Facebook Marketplace to see if you get any offers.

The bottom line is, don’t ever throw away furniture because sustainable decor starts with reusable furniture. Someone out there will likely put it to good use.

Vintage Charm

How about keeping your old furniture and simply trying to bring it back to life a little? As we said earlier, a little TLC can go a long way with furniture. Keep in mind the craftsmanship and quality of vintage furniture as well. Just because it’s old doesn’t mean that it’s ready to be tossed to the curbside.

Here are some examples of how you could bring old furniture back to life:

  • Take an old dining room table, sand it down and restain it.
  • If you have old end tables that are scratched and marked up from kids and pets, you could refurbish them by restaining and covering the top portion with a piece of felt.
  • Old appliances might seem better off at the landfill, but what if you turned them into something else? With the right adjustments, you could turn an old stove into something useful.
  • Vintage furniture and appliances are always useful because they have designs which are meant to last a lifetime. There is a tremendous difference between them and the mass-manufactured furniture we fill our homes with today.

Give your life a little of that vintage charm and find a way to salvage furniture you would normally throw away.

Pass on the Love

What’s better than gifting something to someone you love? If you’re able, why not find someone you know who needs a piece of furniture? If it looks old or beaten up, put a little work in to fix it up and give it to a newlywed in the family or even someone who is going through rough times.

Sustainable decor is the key to a healthy environment, and no deed is too small to notice. We can all do our part by passing on furniture and reusing whatever we can to prevent it from sitting in landfills forever.

Make sure to check back often on our blog for our next Sustainable Home post!

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Ryan Hanson
Ryan Hanson

Designing and building a new home is often stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s where Ryan comes in, who is the Partner and Co-owner of S9. Ryan manges the day-to-day operations of the build, and ensures that our clients are satisfied through regular updates and budget reviews. At S9, the client always comes first and Ryan makes sure that they are involved in the building process and aware of how the project is going at all times.

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