Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

FAQ about our Home Decor

What Wood Do You Use?

We use reclaimed wood, gathered from various local sources and lovingly restored to a beautiful finish. In the case of pallet wood, we only use heat treated wood. We don’t make use of pallets treated with methyl bromide or any other chemical, so the wood is safe to use in your home.

Home Decor | Bespoke Reclaimed Wood Herringbone Table with Hairpin Legs | Reclaim Design

What Is Reclaimed Wood?

Reclaimed lumber is wood that has been thrown out or otherwise discarded. We take that wood to minimize environmental wastage and turn it into our elegant room decor to add flair your dining room, kitchen design or living rooms. To find out more join our mailing list and get the latest sustainable home decor ideas.

Why Do You Use Reclaimed Wood For Your Home Decor And Decorative Accessories?

Our decorative home accessories are made from salvaged wood (and where possible recycled plastic and glass) that would otherwise go to landfill, thus reducing the need to cut living trees to obtain the wood whilst simultaneously actively decreasing environmental waste.

Furthermore, the wood has already gone through the heavy industrial milling processes to create the original product thereby negating the need for further pollution of the environment. And we source the wood locally thus keeping transportation energy used to a minimum.

We feel that the idiosyncrasies found in reclaimed wood help tell the story behind our products, lend them character and make our home decor unique.

Collecting roofing trusses from a building site | Reclaim Design

Do You Have A Physical Shop?

In a word, no. But we do have our home decor online, selling a range of our courier-friendly items. All our awesome eco friendly products are also stocked up at home, and you are welcome to come and buy directly from us there.

Why Aren’t All Your Products Available In Your Online Shop?

Due to the nature of the materials we work with many of our pieces are limited edition. Our Shop Page lists our replicable, courier-friendly products. If you would like us to make a bespoke piece please get in touch.

Do You Wholesale?

As we are a small home decor store (Nikki and I make all the products ourselves by hand), we cannot fulfill bulk orders or offer discounts.

Recycled Gin Bottle with Reclaimed Wood Stand and Lazer Etched Reclaimed Wood Boxes from our Shop | Reclaim Design

Will You Make Something For Me?

Sure, why not. Get in touch with us and tell us what you need for your living space.

What Is The Process Involved In Making Your Home Decor?

It’s time consuming and laborious 😉 But we believe it’s worth it as we are taking what has been thrown away to breath new life into it, thereby actively decreasing environmental waste and helping the planet at large.

We have to scour far and wide looking for reclaimed wood, transport the suitable wood back to us, de-nail, de-staple, de-screw, de-cement, de-paint, de-varnish, and de-gravel the wood, plane it to consistent thickness, mill it to size, make our products using a wide variety of woodworking tools, then carefully sand and finish with shellac or polywax where appropriate.

For our other recycled products using plastic and glass we are constantly on the lookout for materials to create innovative products with and make frequent trips around town and surrounds to that end.

Bespoke Reclaimed Wood Geometric Shelving | Reclaim Design

When Is Your Next Market?

Our Blog has a list of future events available and lots of useful information on sustainability. Alternatively, you can have our events info delivered to your inbox. Or, if you are on Facebook, then head over to our Reclaim Design Business Page to be kept in the loop that way.

Can I Link To The Images On Your Site?

Sure, provided you credit Reclaim Design with the image or images and add a DoFollow link back to our site https://reclaimdesign.org

This is a small ask for using our bandwidth, and also shows respect for the time and effort we have put in to making the products and that Nikki has put in to taking the photos.

Failure to comply will result in releasing of the hounds.

Can I Put Your Products Outside?

Generally speaking we make our home decor products for interior use. However the garden products we make can be put outside. Bear in mind that South African sun is intense, so the wood will weather and turn grey over time.

Reclaimed Wood and Copper Airplant Displays | Reclaim Design

How Should I Care For My Plants?

Airplants and succulents are an interior designer dream. They are wonderful plants which require very little maintenance, and are quite hard to kill (unless you are hell-bent on doing so).

Our airplant displays and succulent displays are made for indoor usage so these instructions apply to that specific set of conditions. With a minimum of effort to keep the plants happy they will last a long time and give you something magnificent to look at and enjoy during that time.

Airplants like bright, natural light. You can run them under the tap once a week and shake off any excess water before returning them to their stand. A good idea is to keep them in your bathroom so that when you shower they can absorb any humidity generated.

Reclaimed Wood and Glass Hydroponic Succulent Displays | Reclaim Design

Succulents also like bright, filtered light. Do not leave in direct sunlight as the leaves can scorch (you will see them turn brown or white).

An underlit succulent will begin to stretch for light, so a plant with elongated stem needs more light. In hot weather, water with a tablespoon of water every other day. In cold weather, once a week will suffice.

If you see water running out the drainage hole in the bottom of the succulent box you are overwatering. Overwatered plants are soft and discoloured (yellow, white or colourless). Under-watered plants tend to stop growing and shed leaves.

Where our hydroponic succulent displays are concerned – just keep the glasses topped up to where the roots are covered. If the plant outgrows the glass, simply plant outside and propogate another to replace in the glass. Easy peasy.

Why Don’t Your Fabric Pots Have Any Drainage Holes?

They don’t need any. A standard 11cm diameter nursery pot will fit perfectly inside. The nursery pot has drainage holes in it, and excess water will drain into the pot which can be emptied out easily. Bear in mind that if you find you are having to empty out water from the fabric pot you are generally overwatering, so ease back on the amount watered.

Bespoke Reclaimed Wood Circular Table Top | Reclaim Design

My Husband Can Make This

A recent scientific study has shown that a staggering 99% of husbands agree to make things for their wives with absolutely no intention of following through. Based on this alarming statistic, you’ll be safer buying from us.

Products take time, tools and know-how to make. Anyone can make anything given enough dedicated time, money and focus, but to save you (or your husband!) this effort, you are paying for the time, money and focus that we have invested in developing our Reclaim Design products over the years.

Want us to make something for you? Get in touch