The Best Salvage and Reclaimed Furniture in Toronto
The 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.
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 »
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, 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 »
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'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 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 »
Old maps, especially, are given new life at Love the Design, where industrial pieces are also salvaged to bring a little more metal and glass into your home. This Leslieville shop is where you'll find a 1920's-era industrial mailbox, hand-carved picture frames, and vintage drafting stools all in one space, as well as specialty stationery created by the shop's owner. More »
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 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 »