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The Best Salvage and Reclaimed Furniture in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / September 20, 2011

Best Salvage Reclaimed Furniture TorontoThe best salvage and reclaimed furniture stores in Toronto usually makes me green with I-wish-I-was-that-creative envy. If it's true that one man's trash is another man's treasure, then I must be the former chump who leaves my potential-laden reject furniture out by the side of the road.

The shops that have made it onto this list are the ones that see dormant beauty in old painted hardware, chipped and worn dressers, and unused bowling alley lanes that would be otherwise destined for the landfill. The pieces that come from these salvage and reclaimed shops are given new life; brimming with character and certainly one-of-a-kind. They'll definitely make you think twice about leaving your "trash" by the curb.

Here's where you can find the best salvage and reclaimed furniture in Toronto.

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Smash

Smash

Stepping into Smash is like stepping into a museum, a museum where you aren't scolded for running your fingers over vintage Coca-Cola crates. There are gems wherever you look in this 4,300-square foot Junction showroom, including everything from Depression-era mug shots to custom-build reclaimed fir dining tables. More »

The Door Store

The Door Store

Yes, it has plenty of reclaimed doors (antique Egyptian, French, barn) but there is much more to this furniture shop in the Castlefield Design District. With almost 40 years under its belt and 11,000 square feet to play with, the Mirshak family sources a great selection of vintage hardware, reclaimed lighting, stained glass, and all sorts of antique iron repurposed to make tables, gates, awnings, and more. More »

Metropolis Living

Metropolis Living

Metropolis Living, another Junction shop, is all about innovation. While some may scoff at how this retailer can innovate a $3,000 price tag for a dining table made from planks of old bowling alley floorboard, the ingenuity is undeniable. This shop boasts lots of typography relics, industrial shelving, and impressive metalwork on custom pieces. More »

Salvage Shop

Salvage Shop

The Salvage Shop is a movie industry favourite for historical props, and another reclaimed resource of endless piles of discarded bowling alley lanes. Owner Roy Clifford, formerly of The Door Store, is known to salvage a bit of anything and everything, which explains his four (and counting) commercial spaces on Kingston Road. More »

Hardware

Hardware

Hardware's designers, Murray and Jordan, certainly know how to have their way with a piece of reclaimed timber. Their custom tables wear exquisite and unique legs and bases, and most furniture is completed with natural finishes and clean lines. Hardware is a Toronto favourite (for those when can afford it) for custom interior design. More »

Post & Beam Reclamation

Post & Beam Reclamation

Post & Beam in the Junction touts itself simply as Purveyors of Good Stuff, which is certainly bang-on for those who consider Victorian registers and antique columns items of the good. Its collection of antique tiles will have you floored (I couldn't resist), as well as its custom tables fashioned from billiard tables, iron fences, and whatever else was poking around in the 19th century. More »

Canadian Salvaged Timber

Canadian Salvaged Timber

Canadian Salvaged Timber is a Mecca for timber no one wanted, repurposed into beautiful tables, benches, shelves, and even cutting boards. Live edge design is a specialty here, as well as reclaimed flooring, and barn doors. It'll make you look twice at that abandoned wooden crate at the end of your driveway. More »

Forever Interiors

Forever Interiors

Forever Interiors looks like a bit of a funhouse with reclaimed wood benches, chairs, cabinets, frames and accessories stocked floor to ceiling in its Junction shop. Known perhaps foremost for its fabulous custom tables, Forever Interiors always has the odd quirky item including egg basket magazine racks and giant blackboard cabinets. More »

Discussion

29 Comments

woody / September 20, 2011 at 09:47 am
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How about Urban Tree Salvage - they ain't no slouches.
J / September 20, 2011 at 10:10 am
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Ping Pong on Bloor should be on this list.
K replying to a comment from J / September 20, 2011 at 10:42 am
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If Ping Pong isn't reclaimed/salvage. It's your standard vintage/retro furniture store and there's about 30 better places in the city anyways.
wikito / September 20, 2011 at 09:51 pm
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My favourite is Canadian Salvage Timber. My pics are here - http://www.wikito.org/Canadian_Salvage_Timber_-_Toronto_Custom_Furniture
Ben / October 3, 2011 at 07:42 pm
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Salvage Interiors is a good one too, www.salvageinteriors.com I think they only do custom work but they're stuff is great.
rzv / May 11, 2012 at 08:45 am
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My favorite is ROCA woodworks
rzv / May 11, 2012 at 08:48 am
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If you want somthing new on market go and visit Roca woodworks in toronto.
jon replying to a comment from rzv / May 30, 2012 at 06:34 pm
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i stopped by roca woodworks. it is as big as my living room. the smell of heavy chems made me walk out the door. nice wood, terrible craftmenship.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm
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Ping Pong on Bloor should be on this list.
rob / December 9, 2012 at 08:17 am
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Canadian Salvaged Timber has to be the worst. went there once, and was very disappointed. After a quick internet search on the company i found out that i was not the only one that felt this way. Too bad.
Susan / December 10, 2012 at 01:30 pm
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Urban Tree Salvage in Scarborough - great stuff!
lorant / December 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm
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well rocawoodworks has moved and their studio is definately larger than a living room. i can guarantee there are no chemical smells since they use only low V.O.C finishes, and if you don't believe it pay them a visit it is well worth it.
Rock Huynh / February 5, 2013 at 02:32 pm
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1925workbench.com is a small workshop located on Jane and Annette that builds custom furniture, barn doors and barn door hardware for very reasonable prices
sandydee02 / February 5, 2013 at 03:53 pm
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I went to CST and UTS but I found my slabs at Roca Wood Works, they were nice to sell me a section of a slab, just what I needed, I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for salvaged or reclaimed wood slabs.
Gavin / February 6, 2013 at 04:45 pm
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Quoting the article "If it's true that one man's trash is another man's treasure" check this site out: www.traswag.com - reclamation and salvage crowdmap for toronto
Matt / April 11, 2013 at 01:25 pm
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Barry McCammon, a Toronto native, is also highly recommended if you're looking to create a custom piece of furniture. From tables and sideboards made from reclaimed barn board, to modern industrial chic that combines reclaimed wood and metal bases. Check out thedovetailshop.ca
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bills8091 / September 27, 2013 at 09:15 pm
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I really enjoyed this post. I am looking for office furniture installers to come help with an office. I wonder if I can find some furniture like this.
Johan / January 4, 2014 at 09:57 pm
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Great place just west of the city called Loft Doors. They fabricate barn doors, barn door hardware, reclaimed furniture and other neat custom pieces. Great people to deal with and the prices are much better than here in town. I believe their website is www.loftdoors.com
Mark / February 12, 2014 at 04:09 pm
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If you are looking for top quality reclaimed lumber within Toronto...Rebarn can definitely help you. We are located at 380 Alliance Avenue in Toronto's west end. We have a wide assortment of reclaimed lumber...beams and slabs. We can custom mill to any dimension.
We build barn doors, furniture and mantels as well.

REBARN for you reclaimed lumber needs. REBARN.CA
Emma / February 17, 2014 at 09:52 am
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Can't elaborate on the others but I can about Rebarn in Toronto. I'm an interior designer & we went to see Rebarn's new showroom. We went in wanting double custom sliding barn door with some heavy duty hardware for a client and were very impressed. The owner knows a lot about wood! I also ordered a custom coffee table for another client and they were elated. Rebarn is on my speed dial now for any custom work, its been a pleasure working with them.
Joe / June 17, 2014 at 04:26 pm
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CDC auction is a terrible place. Everything they sells broken or or missing pieces.
The staff are so unprofessional , don't waste
Your time or money
David / July 6, 2014 at 10:44 pm
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Victorian Revival has a HUGE inventory of salvaged lighting, industrial finds and architectural antiques
Barry / August 12, 2014 at 09:15 am
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Martin Construction Inc has a salvage arm and a cabinet shop. You can see the barns coming down and pick from the best Heritage timbers in the area. wholesale prices!
francesco / August 31, 2014 at 03:17 pm
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Hey,

I am new here and I was just wondering if anyone is interested, i am selling unique furniture, all made from reclaimed lumber. Follow me on my Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/GF/1464203760500590

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