Material Ideas for a Sustainable Table in the Dining Room Material Ideas for a Sustainable Table in the Dining Room

A sustainable table is one that is made from sustainable materials. Building a sustainable table is a good way to increase your environmental awareness. The best way in which to accomplish this is to look to reuse or repurpose materials that are already in your home, including your existing dining room table. These materials reuse means that you will not have to go out and chop down a tree or use materials that were produced or manufacturer in a non-sustainable way. This is better for you, this better for the world and this is better for the environment in which we all live in and share.

Getting Materials Ideas

The web is a wealth of information for ideas concerning a sustainable table in your dining room. You can perform an online search using keywords in your search such as "sustainable tables," "materials for a sustainable dining room table," and so on. This should put you in front of websites that offer tips and ideas on how to find the best materials to use for a sustainable table in the dining room that are easy to find and may also in some cases be more cost effective. When considering purchasing or building a sustainable table in your dining room, cost must always be a consideration, first and foremost.

Checking Out Reclaimed Wood

If the sustainable table for your dining room is a new build you may consider going to a lumber yard that specializes in reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood is wood that is gathered from homes that are renovated or foreclosed on and the furniture and usable wood is stripped out and sent out to be sold for alternate uses. In some cases you can come across a piece of wood that is in a style that matches what you are looking for in your new sustainable table in the dining room.

Reclaimed wood does not always cost as much as new wood that you find at a home improvement center. Since the wood has a prior history, you may be able to lay claim to a fine mahogany piece or other hardwood for a fraction of the cost of a chopping down a mahogany tree to produce slats for a new dining room table. Reclaimed wood is certainly a way to go for your sustainable table in the dining room.

Consider Alternative Materials

You could create a sustainable table in the dining room using an existing dining room table and an overlay made of bamboo. Bamboo is an excellent sustainable material that is sturdy, durable, easy to cut and work with and plentiful. Bamboo has been used for centuries in Asian cultures and it can be made to fit your existing dining table, turning it into a sustainable table. This consideration can help you strike a balance between old and new and bridge your desire to live a more sustainable lifestyle.   

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