The Best Salvage and Reclaimed Furniture in Toronto
The best salvage and reclaimed furniture in Toronto give battered, time-worn items new life. That's not to say they're restored to their former glory - when it comes to barn wood or century-old baseboards, these shops are careful to leave that glorious, beaten-in patina perfectly intact.
Here is the best salvage and reclaimed furniture in Toronto.
Reclaimed doors are just an entry point to this shop in the Castlefield Design District. (See what I did there?) Hardware is also a specialty, with all manner of knobs, handles, pulls and brackets available - in addition to a smattering of vintage oddities like taxidermied animal heads and espresso machines.
After a couple of moves, this vintage design shop has settled in the Castlefield Design District, where they stand out nicely from the decidedly modern competition. On top of reclaimed items like shelving and signing, they also do custom work using salvaged items (think lighting fixtures made of chicken feeders, or tables fashioned from vintage machinery).
This Rosedale shop, helmed by artist and designer Christine Flynn, balances modern items like throw cushions and photo prints with salvaged industrial furniture and tables and benches crafted from reclaimed wood. It all adds up to a cozy, homespun feel with a nice dose of Canadiana.
If you're looking for a milk crate, some pendant lighting made from old jars, or benches crafted from 150-year-old barn wood, you'll probably find it at Darius Armstrong's tucked-away basement shop in Cabbagetown. (Note that they keep unusual hours - Armstrong still manages a restaurant during the day to fund his pet project.)
This shop in East Chinatown is the perfect place to shop for things you didn't even know you wanted. Mixed in with folk-art tchotchkes from around Canada and all over the globe are industrial and farmhouse-style pieces that will lend your place the perfect rustic touch (without it feeling sterile).
At this Junction shop, owner Martin Scott transforms reclaimed wood, salvaged doors, and even old church pews into commanding dining room tables and elegant benches. But even if you're not in the market for a custom piece, the shop, piled high with pieces in various stages of transformation, is a feast for the eyes.
You'll find a few splashy, oddball antiques at this huge Scarborough shop, which sprawls over a whopping four retail spaces - but salvaged hardware items are the real specialty. If your home DIY project needs a doorknob, a hook or a hanger, or your place needs a vintage lighting fixture or an old mantelpiece, head here.
Designer Jason Stroud has brought an element of "sleek decay" to restaurant interiors around Toronto, and at his Liberty Village showroom, you can get a piece of that aesthetic for yourself. Along with vintage finds and a few elements of twisted kitsch, you'll find elegant dining furniture built from reclaimed materials.
This store in the Junction is a repository of all things old and nifty - from ancient lamps, typewriters, sewing machines and table fans to salvaged industrial signs, doors, mantels and moulding. Next up is their own line of industrial furniture using their trove of reclaimed materials.
Rounding out the Junction's reclaimed-furniture offerings is this whimsical little shop, which injects a sense of fun into their reworked salvage. Where else are you going to find Singer sewing tables revamped with striped wood tops and benches with butt grooves cut into them? (Just because it's old doesn't mean it has to be dignified.)
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